News for Asia

Sydney Airport Jun-2017 intl traffic growth 'strongest monthly result' for 2017

21 July, 2017

Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather stated (20-Jul-2017) Jun-2017 international passenger traffic growth of 9.7% year-on-year "represents our strongest monthly result this year". Ms Mather explained traffic is driven by "higher load factors and larger aircraft" with routes to China doing particularly well. [more - original PR]

Australia’s BITRE reports domestic on time performance in Jun-2017

21 July, 2017

Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (21-Jul-2017) the overall domestic on time performance for participating airlines for Jun-2017. Details include:

  • On-time departures: 85.3%;
    • Qantas: 90.5%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 89.1%;
    • Virgin Australia: 88.2%;
    • QantasLink: 86.4%;
    • Regional Express: 83.8%;
    • Jetstar: 77.2%;
    • Tigerair: 74.1%;
  • On-time arrivals: 85.0%;
    • Qantas: 89.5%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 87.7%;
    • Virgin Australia: 87.1%;
    • QantasLink: 86.5%;
    • Regional Express: 81.3%;
    • Jetstar: 80.7%;
    • Tigerair: 73.2%;
  • Cancellations: 1.4%;
    • QantasLink: 2.6%;
    • Tigerair: 2.1%;
    • Regional Express: 1.7%;
    • Virgin Australia: 1.1%;
    • Jetstar: 0.7%;
    • Qantas: 0.7%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 0.4%. [more - original PR]

Tourism Tasmania identifies key markets to drive tourism via International Market Approach Report

19 July, 2017

Tourism Tasmania released (Jul-2017) its International Market Approach report which aims to grow annual visitor numbers to Tasmania to 1.5 million and generate visitor expenditure of AUD2.5 billion (USD2 billion) by 2020. The report identified Tasmania's highest priority markets, which include North America, Continental Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. [more - original PR]

Singapore Airlines to increase Sydney frequency from Dec-2017, add Perth capacity in Mar-2018

19 July, 2017

Singapore Airlines plans to increase Singapore-Sydney frequency from 33 to 35 times weekly, effective 05-Dec-2017 to 31-Jan-2018 and replace A330-300 with Boeing 777-200ER equipment on one of four daily Singapore-Perth frequencies, effective 01-Mar-2018 (Airline Route, 18-Jul-2017). The airline will operate the additional Singapore-Sydney frequencies with 777-200ER equipment. The carrier also operates Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne services, according to OAG.

Tourism NZ, Korean Air and Auckland Airport launch joint tourism promotion

18 July, 2017

Tourism New Zealand (Tourism NZ) stated (18-Jul-2017) travellers from South Korea to New Zealand increased 14% year-on-year in the past 12 months. Tourism NZ partnered with Korean Air and Auckland International Airport to "capitalise on this trend" with a joint advertising promotion, referred to as 'Fall in love with Pure New Zealand charm'. Tourism New Zealand manager Korea Hee Jeong Kwon said: "Over the coming month visitors to the Korean Air site and its online social media channels will have a glimpse of what they can enjoy in New Zealand including tailored itineraries for solo travellers, couples, families, and older travellers". Korean Air has around 9.9 million frequent flyers and over 500,000 social media followers. [more - original PR]

Destination NSW appoints new business development manager for Shanghai

17 July, 2017

Destination New South Wales (NSW) tourism and event agency appointed (17-Jul-2017) Celine Dong as business development manager for Shanghai, effective immediately. Ms Dong will be responsible for building relationships with airlines, travel trade partners, wholesalers, retailers and online agents, to increase the awareness and sales of NSW tourism destinations and products in Eastern China. NSW welcomed more than 700,000 Chinese visitors in the year ended Mar-2017, contributing AUD3 billion (USD2.34 billion) in tourism spending. [more - original PR]

Visitor arrivals to Australia up 7% in May-2017

17 July, 2017

Tourism Australia reported (17-Jul-2017) visitor arrivals to Australia rose 7% in May-2017. Details include:

  • Visitor arrivals: 579,100, +6.8% year-on-year;
    • New Zealand: 104,800, -0.1%;
    • China: 79,300, +11.1%;
    • US: 50,200, +8.4%;
    • Singapore: 38,000, +4.7%;
    • UK: 30,600, +2.7%. [more - original PR]

Tourism & Transport Forum: China to overtake New Zealand as Australia's largest source market

17 July, 2017

Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) reported (14-Jul-2017) Australian Overseas Arrival Data shows China is set to overtake New Zealand for the first time as Australia’s biggest source of international visitors "within months if current trends continue". TTF also stated that the "incredible" resurgence of travellers from the US to Australia "continues to be this year’s surprise success story". [more - original PR]

Singapore Airlines to replace A380 with 777 on Singapore-Melbourne service in Oct-2017

17 July, 2017

Singapore Airlines plans to replace A380 with Boeing 777-300ER equipment on one daily Singapore-Melbourne frequency, effective 01-Oct-2017 to 24-Mar-2018 (Airline Route, 14-Jul-2017). The airline will operate the route three times weekly with A330-300, daily with A350-900 and three times daily with 777-300ER aircraft, effective 29-Oct-2017 to 30-Nov-2017. The carrier also operates A380 equipment on Singapore-Sydney service, according to OAG.

Virgin Australia launches inflight duty free service

13 July, 2017

Virgin Australia launched its first inflight duty free service on the Melbourne-Hong Kong route (The Moodie Davitt Report, 13-Jul-2017). Virgin Australia's launched Melbourne-Hong Kong on 05-Jul-2017, with the new duty free service already available.

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