News for Asia

Philippine Airlines outlines North American network effective Apr-2022

18 April, 2022

Philippine Airlines announced (12-Apr-2022) plans to serve following North American network from Manila effective Apr-2022:

  • Los Angeles: 12 times weekly;
  • San Francisco: Daily;
  • New York: Three times weekly;
  • Honolulu: Three times weekly;
  • Guam: Four times weekly;
  • Toronto: Weekly, increasing to twice weekly effective 17-Apr-2022;
  • Vancouver: Six times weekly.

The carrier noted Toronto and New York services may stop over in Vancouver in Apr/May-2022, subject to airspace closures. [more - original PR]

ACI World: US dominates top 10 passenger airports for 2021, global traffic down 50% on 2019

12 April, 2022

ACI World released (11-Apr-2022) its world airport rankings, estimating that global passenger traffic reached almost 4.5 billion in 2021, a decline of over 50% compared to 2019 levels. Passenger traffic at the top 10 busiest airports declined 29.1% compared to 2019. The top 10 airports by passengers are as follows:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: 75.7 million, -31.5% compared to 2019;
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport: 62.5 million -16.8%;
  • Denver International Airport: 58.8 million, -14.8%;
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport: 54 million, -36.2%;
  • Los Angeles International Airport: 48 million, -45.5%;
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport: 43.3 million, -13.4%;
  • Orlando International Airport: 40.4 million, -20.3%;
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport: 40.3 million, -45.1%;
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport: 40.1 million, -28.2%;
  • Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport: 39.8 million, -23.1%.

ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira said the rankings "tell the story of an encouraging trend of recovery" in 2021 and "the momentum created by reopening plans by countries could lead to an uptick in travel in the second half of 2022". He added: "ACI World continues to advocate to governments to follow the data and ease travel restrictions to safely restore the movement of people, goods and services. This will provide travellers with more travel options and boost the overall recovery through aviation's unique role in boosting trade, tourism, investment and creating jobs". [more - original PR]

Seoul Incheon International Airport cargo down 2% in Mar-2022

8 April, 2022

Seoul Incheon International Airport reported (07-Apr-2022) the following traffic highlights for Mar-2022:

  • Passengers: 410,706, +123.3% year-on-year;
  • Cargo: 281,551 tonnes, -2.2%;
  • Aircraft movements: 11,342, +1.7%. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways to launch services to Seoul Incheon International Airport

8 April, 2022

Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways announced (08-Apr-2022) plans to launch services to Seoul Incheon International Airport later in 2022, providing business, premium leisure and low cost travel options between Australia and South Korea. Jetstar will become the only LCC to fly nonstop to South Korea from Sydney, with Boeing 787-8 service operating three times weekly from 02-Nov-2022. Qantas will begin nonstop service between Sydney and Seoul from 10-Dec-2022 with A330 aircraft, marking the first Qantas scheduled service to Seoul since Jan-2008. [more - original PR]

South Korea MOLIT approves five airports to resume handling scheduled international services

6 April, 2022

South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) announced (06-Apr-2022) Jeju International Airport, Muan International Airport and Cheongju International Airport are permitted to resume handling scheduled international services from May-2022, and Seoul Gimpo International Airport and Yangyang International Airport from Jun-2022. As previously reported by CAPA, Seoul Incheon International Airport, Busan Gimhae Airport and Daegu International Airport are also approved to handle scheduled international services. [more - original PR - Korean]

Hong Kong Department of Health issues temporary suspensions to four airlines

6 April, 2022

Hong Kong's Department of Health issued (05-Apr-2022) orders for the temporary suspension of services operated by the following airlines, after passengers tested positive to COVID-19 upon arrival in Hong Kong:

  • Cathay Pacific: Manchester-Hong Kong service suspended from 06-Apr-2022 to 12-Apr-2022;
  • Singapore Airlines: Singapore-Hong Kong service suspended from 05-Apr-2022 to 11-Apr-2022;
  • Malaysia Airlines: Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong service suspended from 05-Apr-2022 to 11-Apr-2022;
  • Qatar Airways: Doha-Hong Kong service suspended from 06-Apr-2022 to 12-Apr-2022. [more - original PR]

Singapore Airlines suspends twice daily Singapore-Hong Kong service until 11-Apr-2022

5 April, 2022

Singapore Airlines announced (04-Apr-2022) plans to temporarily suspend twice daily Singapore-Hong Kong service from 05-Apr-2022 to 11-Apr-2022 to comply with Hong Kong authorities. Affected customers may contact the airline to arrange a booking change or refund. The carrier's twice daily Hong Kong-Singapore service will continue to operate as scheduled. [more - original PR]

Spring Japan reroutes Tokyo-Harbin service to avoid Russian airspace

1 April, 2022

Spring Japan announced (30-Mar-2022) plans to temporarily reroute weekly Tokyo Narita-Harbin service to avoid Russian airspace, effective from 03-Apr-2022. The flight duration will be approximately one hour longer. [more - original PR - Japanese]

Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong total 2626 in Feb-2022

1 April, 2022

Hong Kong Tourism Board reported (31-Mar-2022) the following tourism highlights for Feb-2022:

  • Tourist arrivals: 2626, -52.2% year-on-year;
    • Mainland China: 1809, -52.4%;
    • Short haul markets: 518, -47.7%;
    • Long haul markets: 241, -53.8%;
    • New Markets: 58, -67.8%. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand resumes Singapore service

31 March, 2022

Air New Zealand announced (29-Mar-2022) its first service from Singapore in more than 720 days arrived into Auckland on 28-Mar-2022, marking the resumption of service to Singapore. Air New Zealand's first service arrived just ahead of the Singaporean Government easing cross-border travel restrictions from 01-Apr-2022, meaning fully vaccinated customers will be able to enter without needing to quarantine or isolate. Singapore is the latest Air New Zealand destination to resume services, joining Los Angeles and Vancouver. This means 40% of Air New Zealand's international destinations are back up and running. [more - original PR]

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