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OAG reports busiest routes and airports for 2023

21 December, 2023

OAG reported (20-Dec-2023) the following highlights from its 2023 Busiest Routes analysis:

  • Busiest international routes by seat capacity:
    1. Kuala Lumpur-Singapore Changi;
    2. Cairo-Jeddah;
    3. Hong Kong-Taiwan Taoyuan;
    4. Seoul Incheon-Osaka Kansai;
    5. Seoul Incheon-Tokyo Narita;
    6. Dubai-Riyadh;
    7. Jakarta-Singapore Changi;
    8. London Heathrow-New York John F Kennedy;
    9. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Singapore Changi;
    10. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Seoul Incheon;
  • Busiest domestic routes by seat capacity:
    1. Jeju-Seoul Gimpo;
    2. Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda;
    3. Sapporo Chitose-Tokyo Haneda;
    4. Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City;
    5. Melbourne-Sydney;
    6. Beijing Capital-Shanghai Hongqiao;
    7. Tokyo Haneda-Okinawa Naha;
    8. Jeddah-Riyadh;
    9. Mumbai-Delhi;
    10. Jakarta-Bali Denpasar;
  • Busiest airports by seat capacity:
    1. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport;
    2. Dubai International Airport;
    3. Tokyo Haneda Airport;
    4. London Heathrow Airport;
    5. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport;
    6. Denver International Airport;
    7. Istanbul Airport;
    8. Los Angeles International Airport;
    9. Chicago O'Hare International Airport;
    10. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Air India commences Mumbai-Melbourne service

18 December, 2023

Air India, via its official Twitter account, announced (15-Dec-2023) it commenced three times weekly Mumbai-Melbourne service with Boeing 787-8 equipment on 15-Dec-2023. This is the first nonstop service connecting Mumbai and Melbourne. [more - original PR - Melbourne Tullamarine Airport]

Air Tahiti Nui advises of wholesale fare increases from Dec-2023

18 December, 2023

Air Tahiti Nui advised (15-Dec-2023) travel agency partners of planned wholesale net airfare increases on services from Australia to France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Tahiti and US, effective 18-Dec-2023. Fares will also increase on Australia-Canada service from 20-Jan-2024. The carrier also advised of the following changes to Australia origin fares:

  • Introduction of Australian domestic addons for itineraries that include travel within Australia;
  • Surcharge now applies when booking an Air New Zealand operated flight between Australia and New Zealand. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand: Wamos Air to temporarily operate Auckland-Perth service in 2024

13 December, 2023

Air New Zealand announced (12-Dec-2023) it is re-entering a temporary lease agreement with Wamos Air, as it prepares some of its fleet to undergo maintenance in 2024 due to global engine maintenance issues. Wamos Air will operate daily Auckland-Perth service on behalf of Air New Zealand between 09-Feb-2024 and 30-Apr-2024. As previously reported by CAPA, Wamos Air previously operated the service on behalf of Air New Zealand "to help with capacity restraints post COVID-19". [more - original PR]

Singapore Airlines to increase Brisbane frequency from 28-Nov-2024

8 December, 2023

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (08-Dec-2023) plans to increase Singapore-Brisbane frequency from 21 to 25 times weekly from 28-Nov-2024. The additional frequencies will be operated with 253 seat A350-900 aircraft and will see SIA reach 99% of pre-COVID capacity to Australia. [more - original PR]

Vietnam Airlines launches three times weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Perth service

7 December, 2023

Vietnam Airlines launched (07-Dec-2023) three times weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Perth service on 07-Dec-2023. The service will provide around 43,000 inbound seats to Western Australia per year. [more - original PR]

Fiji Airways reports payload limitations on ATR services to Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Tonga

4 December, 2023

Fiji Airways announced (04-Dec-2023) due to "prevailing seasonal weather conditions" in the South Pacific region, the carrier is subject to payload limitations on its ATR services to Pacific Island destinations. The carrier will operate services to the following airports with reduced seating capacities:

  • Funafuti International Airport;
  • Port Vila Airport
  • Lupepau'u (Vavaʻu) International Airport;
  • Nuku'alofa Fua'Amotu International Airport.

Fiji Airways has also suspended the acceptance of excess baggage and prepaid additional bags on these services until further notice. The carrier will restrict cargo acceptance to essential medical and humanitarian supplies. The carrier noted the situation is expected to persist into Jan-2024. [more - original PR]

Novotel & Mercure Darwin Airport Resort to open in early Dec-2023

3 December, 2023

Novotel & Mercure Darwin Airport Resort announced (01-Dec-2023) plans to open on 05-Dec-2023, following the completion of a AUD30 million (USD20 million) redevelopment and integration of two existing hotels at Darwin International Airport. The project was financed by Airport Development Group (ADG) and includes a combined reception area, a 60 metre swimming pool, a children's aquatic playground and more. The resort forms part of ADG's 2023 master plan, which is designed to support growth in passenger numbers at the airport to between 3.7 million and 5.5 million p/a by 2043. [more - original PR]

Egencia global sales manager: Prevalence of model hallucination a key challenge of working with AI

23 November, 2023

AMEX GBT Egencia global sales manager Tim Shepherd, speaking at the CTC Sydney Corporate Travel Summit & Awards, stated (23-Nov-2023) "Applications using LLMs [large language models] have potential to enhance, not replace, existing solutions at Egencia". Mr Shepherd said that for Egencia, "one of the main challenges of working with AI is the prevalence of model hallucination", explaining: "that's errors within the answers that it provides that undermines the trust of users and constantly retraining models to avoid that is really costly". He continued: "so this is why we're looking at open sourced LLMs", which are "not necessarily trained on a set of data, but work with vector databases and that really avoids the need for retraining models".

Egencia global sales manager: AI and ML are driving a surge of innovation in business travel tech

23 November, 2023

AMEX GBT Egencia global sales manager Tim Shepherd, speaking at the CTC Sydney Corporate Travel Summit & Awards, stated (23-Nov-2023) the airline industry "has long been an early adopter of new technologies", noting: "airlines built extremely sophisticated algorithms to balance different factors and optimise for both revenue and for load capacity", adding: "and of course hotels have also caught up to this". Mr Shepherd continued: "Using data in business travel certainly isn't new", but said new artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions are driving "a surge of innovation in business travel technology". He further stated that thanks to AI and ML, "levels of personalisation and optimisation that once seemed out of reach will now become the norm in business travel", as these technologies "can help companies develop tools and features that offer a richly personalised business travel experience".

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