News for Asia

Qantas applies for more capacity for Jetstar to Indonesia from Feb-2018

7 September, 2017

Qantas applied (07-Sep-2016) to the International Air Services Commission for an allocation of capacity of 1300 seats for Jetstar to increases its services between Australia and Indonesia. Jetstar plans to increase services from 01-Feb-2018, using Boeing 787 aircraft with 335 seats and A320 aircraft with 180 seats. Qantas seeks the capacity allocation on the following basis:

  • Allocation is requested for five years;
  • Capacity will be fully utilised from 30-Apr-2018;
  • Capacity may be used by Qantas or another of its wholly-owned subsidiaries;
  • Capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint service with any wholly-owned subsidiary, and by any wholly-owned subsidiary to provide joint services with Qantas;
  • Capacity may be used by Jetstar to provide joint service with Emirates. [more - original PR]

China Eastern Airlines to operate daily Shanghai-Brisbane from Nov-2017

7 September, 2017

China Eastern Airlines confirmed (07-Sep-2017) plans to increase Shanghai-Brisbane frequency from four to seven times weekly, effective Nov-2017. China is currently the second largest international visitor market for Brisbane Airport, averaging 14% growth p/a in the last five years. Airport CEO and MD Julieanne Alroe stated: "These new daily flights are the first successful acquisition for Brisbane under the 'The Connecting with Asia' Fund whereby a core consortium of industry partners…provide matching funds to the state government contribution to attract new airlines". [more - original PR]

Virgin Australia to increase Melbourne-Hong Kong frequency to daily

7 September, 2017

Virgin Australia announced (07-Sep-2017) plans to increase Melbourne-Hong Kong frequency from five times weekly to daily, effective 12-Nov-2017. Virgin Australia Airlines acting group executive Rob Sharp said: "Hong Kong is a very important part of our strategy for Asia" and noted the schedule is timed for passengers travelling from Australia to arrive in the early evening in Hong Kong and those travelling from Hong Kong to arrive in Melbourne in the morning. Timing also allows passengers to connect to other destinations in Australia and in China via Virgin partner Hong Kong Airlines. Virgin will operate an A330-200 aircraft on the route. As previously reported by CAPA, Virgin Australia launched the route on 05-Jul-2017. [more - original PR]

China, New Zealand and Japan top international arrivals to Queensland

7 September, 2017

Queensland State Government Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones reported (06-Sep-2017) China remained Queensland's largest market in terms of total visitors and expenditure for the 12 months to Jun-2017, accounting for USD1 billion (USD801 million) or almost a fifth of the state's total tourism expenditure. New Zealand remained Queensland's second largest market, with growth both in visitor numbers up 6.8% to 459,000 and expenditure to more than AUD586 million (USD470 million). Japan jumped two places to be Queensland's third largest market, with expenditure increasing by 18% to AUD430 million (USD344 million). Other markets that grew strongly include Germany and India. [more - original PR]

China overtakes the US as second largest tourism market for South Australia

6 September, 2017

South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) reported (06-Sep-2017) China overtook the US as the second largest market for inbound travel for the 12 months to Jun-2017. Chinese arrivals rose 56% to 56,000 and expenditure rose 74% to AUD352 million (USD282 million). The UK remained the largest market with 66,000 visits. US arrivals grew 13% to 54,000. Overall international visitors spent AUD1.1 billion (USD881 million) in the State for the period, an increase of 12%. [more - original PR]

Gold Coast Tourism reports improving tourism industry sentiment and confidence

6 September, 2017

Gold Coast Tourism chairman Paul Donovan reported (05-Sep-2017) tourism industry sentiment and confidence in the Gold Coast region "continues to grow ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games", and recent figures released by Tourism Australia "indicate the international visitor trend largely driven by China - shows no signs of slowing down." Gold Coast international arrivals for the year to Jun-2017 were:

  • China: 303,000, +7.3% year-on-year;
  • New Zealand: 206,000, +5.4;
  • UK: 70,000, +2.5%;
  • Japan: 68,000, +19.5%;
  • US: 41,000, +22.3. [more - original PR]

Tigerair Australia passes 25 millionth passenger milestone

6 September, 2017

Tigerair Australia welcomed (06-Sep-2017) its 25 millionth passenger. The carrier operated more than 200,000 services since commencing operations in Nov-2007. To celebrate the milestone, the airline launched a promotion to offer discounted one way fares for travel between late Jan-2018 and late Jun-2018. [more - original PR]

Etihad Airways vows to increase investment in Chinese market

5 September, 2017

China's Ambassador to the UAE Ni Jian met with Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner on 28-Aug-2017. Mr Baumgartner said the carrier attaches great importance to the Chinese market, adding it will further increase investment in the Chinese market, seeking to expand new routes to China and continuously improve the level of service. Mr Ni said the rapid development of China-UAE relations in recent years has resulted in increasing travel from China to the UAE, adding the cooperation potential between the countries is "huge". [more - original PR - Chinese]

Qantas and El Al commence codeshare agreement

4 September, 2017

Qantas Airways launched (04-Sep-2017) a codeshare agreement with El Al Airlines on 04-Sep-2017 for travel from 12-Sep-2017. Qantas will codeshare on El Al operated services from Hong Kong, Bangkok and Johannesburg to Tel Aviv, while El Al will codeshare on Qantas operated services from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Hong Kong, as well as on Sydney-Bangkok and Sydney-Johannesburg services. [more - original PR]

Kyrgyzstan's Government considers plans to sign MoU on fifth freedom rights

4 September, 2017

Kyrgyzstan's Government reportedly entered a review of plans to sign a MoU on the provision of fifth freedom rights to foreign airlines from the EU, Southeast Asia, Near East and Middle East (Tazabek, 02-Sep-2017). The project would see the development of Bishkek Manas International Airport as a hub for passengers and cargo. A positive decision is expected to help attract investors for the establishment of a national carrier with joint foreign ownership.

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