News for Asia

Cathay Pacific to operate London service daily in Jun-2022

26 April, 2022

Cathay Pacific, via its official website, welcomed (Apr-2022) the recent announcement by the Hong Kong Government regarding the gradual resumption of travel from 01-May-2022, stating it is "actively resuming more flights". The carrier will operate additional frequencies from London, Sydney and Manchester in Jun-2022, including a daily service from London between 08-Jun-2022 and 30-Jun-2022. 

CAAC: Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shenyang suspension extended into Jun-2022

25 April, 2022

CAAC stated (22-Apr-2022) Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shenyang service will continue to be suspended for a further four weeks from 30-May-2022, after 10 passengers on flight LH720 tested positive for coronavirus on 13-Apr-2022. [more - original PR - Chinese]

Hong Kong to allow non resident arrivals from May-2022

25 April, 2022

Hong Kong's Government announced (22-Apr-2022) that non Hong Kong residents will be allowed to enter Hong Kong from overseas places and the route specific flight suspension mechanism will be adjusted, including relaxing the threshold for suspending incoming flights carrying infected passengers, and adding the 'test and hold' arrangement at the airport, effective 01-May-2022. [more - original PR]

CAAC suspends four international services

25 April, 2022

CAAC stated (22-Apr-2022) the following international services will be temporarily suspended:

  • Suspension from 25-Apr-2022:
    • Oman Air's Muscat-Guangzhou service for two weeks;
    • Shanghai Airlines' Bangkok-Nanchang service for two weeks;
  • Suspension from 02-May-2022:

Korean Air to resume Seoul-Las Vegas service from Jul-2022

25 April, 2022

Korean Air is scheduled to resume three times weekly Seoul Incheon-Las Vegas service, effective 10-Jul-2022 to 29-Oct-2022, according to a 22-Apr-2022 GDS display. The airline will operate the service with A330-200 equipment. The carrier last operated the service prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singapore Changi Airport pax down 31% to 1.1m in Mar-2022, compared to Mar-2020

22 April, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (21-Apr-2022) the following traffic highlights for Mar-2022:

  • Passengers: 1.1 million, -30.9% compared to Mar-2020;
  • Cargo: 152,000 tonnes, +2.0%;
  • Aircraft movements: 13,200, -18.5%.

Air Niugini announces removal of pre departure testing for all services

20 April, 2022

Air Niugini announced (19-Apr-2022) from 01:00 on 25-Apr-2022, all pre departure testing will cease at the airport for all services. If travelling to Singapore, Hong Kong or Manila, or transiting to a country that requires a negative certificate, customers must bring the certificate to the airport. The certificate must be issued by a doctor and include select information. Passengers transiting onto services to other international destinations will also be asked for evidence that the destination does not require a pre departure test at time of check in. Passengers departing internationally from Papua New Guinea are reminded that they cannot be checked in without a certificate of vaccination valid for travel. [more - original PR]

Milan Airports summer 2022 schedule to feature 156 destinations

20 April, 2022

Milan Malpensa Airport and Milan Linate Airport operator SEA SpA announced (19-Apr-2022) its summer 2022 schedule will feature 156 destinations in 70 countries, representing 75% of its 2019 portfolio. Seats offered will exceed 2019 levels, and are "well above" the European average. Regional highlights include:

  • Americas;
    • New carriers including ITA Airways, Neos and La Compagnie;
    • New destinations including Chicago and Montreal;
    • Seven carriers serving New York;
    • Four times weekly service to Sao Paulo, operated by LATAM Airlines Brasil;
  • Middle East, Africa and Asia;
    • New five times weekly service to Bahrain, operated by Gulf Air;
    • Seven destinations in the Middle East;
    • Services to Addis Ababa and Dakar;
    • Seven times weekly service to Singapore, operated by Singapore Airlines;
  • Europe;
    • New destinations including Izmir, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Split, Lampedusa, Hamburg and Palma de Mallorca;
    • New carriers including Volotea, Wizz Air and Air Dolomiti. [more - original PR]

HK Express launches combined air and ferry connection between Hong Kong Airport and Shenzhen

18 April, 2022

HK Express introduced (14-Apr-2022) the 'HK Express Air + Ferry Pass', in collaboration with Chu Kong Passenger Transport (CKS), enabling customers in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) to connect from the Shekou Cruise Homeport in Shenzhen to Hong Kong International Airport. The ferry codeshare operations will commence on 28-Apr-2022, subject to regulatory approval, initially connecting with HK Express' Kaohsiung, Singapore and Tokyo services. Passengers using the service will be exempt from the Hong Kong air passenger departure tax. The service also enables passengers to check their baggage through to their final destination. HK Express CEO Mandy Ng stated: "With the GBA market growing rapidly, we plan to expand our collaboration with CKS to include more departure points in the region". [more - original PR]

Philippine Airlines outlines Asia Pacific network effective Apr-2022

18 April, 2022

Philippine Airlines launched (12-Apr-2022) the following international Asian network from Manila effective Apr-2022:

  • South Pacific:
    • Melbourne: Five times weekly;
    • Sydney: Five times weekly;
    • Brisbane: Twice weekly;
    • Auckland: 03/17-Apr-2022, 08/22-May-2022 and 05/19-Jun-2022, stopping over in Brisbane;
  • Southeast Asia:
    • Singapore: Twice daily;
    • Kuala Lumpur: Six times weekly, excluding 14/19/21-Apr-2022;
    • Hanoi: Weekly;
    • Ho Chi Minh City: Four times weekly;
    • Phnom Penh: Three times weekly;
    • Jakarta: Four times weekly, increasing to daily effective 16-Apr-2022;
    • Bangkok: 10 times weekly;
  • North Asia:
    • Hong Kong: Four times weekly; 
    • Taipei: Four times weekly;
    • Seoul Incheon: Twice weekly;
    • Tokyo Haneda: Four times weekly;
    • Tokyo Narita: Eight times weekly, increasing to 10 times weekly effective 15-Apr-2022;
    • Osaka Kansai: Daily;
    • Nagoya: Four times weekly;
    • Fukuoka: Five times weekly.

The carrier also scheduled Cebu-Tokyo Narita frequencies on 02/16-Apr-2022, along with additional Manila-Fukuoka frequencies on 21/28-Apr-2022. [more - original PR]

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