News for South Pacific

Tourism Research Australia: Business trips down 18%

15 November, 2022

Tourism Research Australia announced (Nov-2022) business expenditure continues to recover in Aug-2022. This was down 8% on pre coronavirus Aug-2019. The number of business trips was also down 18% compared to Aug-2019. Business travel is of particular importance to the visitor economies of Australia's capital cities. It enables value added events such as conferences, seminars and trade fairs. [more - original PR]

Batik Air (Malaysia) to resume daily Bali-Sydney service from Dec-2022

14 November, 2022

Batik Air (Malaysia) plans to resume daily Bali-Sydney service from 12-Dec-2022, operating with Boeing 737-800, according to OAG and the CAPA Route Changes Database. Garuda Indonesia, Virgin Australia, Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways also operate the route.

Qantas Group launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel coalition

11 November, 2022

Qantas Group launched (10-Nov-2022) the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) coalition programme, with Australia Post, Boston Consulting Group, KPMG Australia, Macquarie Group and Woodside Energy signing on as foundation members. Members will pay a premium to reduce around 900 tonnes of their air carbon emissions p/a by contributing to the incremental cost of SAF rather than using traditional carbon offsets. The coalition will initially contribute to the incremental cost of up to 10 million litres of SAF sourced by Qantas at London Heathrow Airport, which represents around 15% of the fuel Qantas ordinarily consumes on flights out of London, and from 2025 to a further 20 million litres each year sourced out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Qantas is currently in negotiations with a number of offshore suppliers to source additional supplies of SAF, which is in high demand globally and which the national carrier would prefer to source domestically. The foundation members will also receive enhanced reporting on the emissions from their flying activity and employees will get fast-tracked access to Qantas Frequent Flyer's Green Tier programme. Qantas will continue discussions with a number of other companies looking to join the coalition. The SAF coalition will extend Qantas' existing corporate offsetting programme, Future Planet, which enables companies to offset emissions through certified, high quality projects in Australia and overseas. [more - original PR

Gold Coast Airport opens international expansion

10 November, 2022

Gold Coast Airport, via its official Facebook account, announced (10-Nov-2022) its international terminal expansion opened on 10-Nov-2022. 

United Airlines resumes Los Angeles-Melbourne service

9 November, 2022

Los Angeles International Airport, via its official Twitter account, announced (08-Nov-2022) United Airlines resumed three times daily Los Angeles-Melbourne service using Boeing 787-9 equipment on 28-Oct-2022. The carrier plans to increase frequency on the service to daily from 01-Dec-2022. According to OAG, United last operated the service in Mar-2020. Qantas Airways also operates the route.

Qantas Group CEO: Leisure travel reaches 130% of pre-coronavirus levels

8 November, 2022

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce stated (04-Nov-2022) restructuring the Qantas Group business "is a key driver of the turnaround we're now seeing", noting in the long term, it will make the company more competitive. Mr Joyce said a key factor in recovery is the rebound in travel demand on both an international and domestic level. Leisure travel bookings have reached more than 130% of pre coronavirus levels and business travel has reached more than 100%. Mr Joyce said: "The third factor in our accelerated recovery has been an increase in market share, domestically and particularly in corporate, SME and international". [more - original PR]

Jetstar Airways launches Sydney-Seoul service

4 November, 2022

Jetstar Airways launched (03-Nov-2022) Sydney-Seoul service on 03-Nov-2022. Jetstar will operate three times weekly with Boeing 787 equipment, carrying up to 100,000 travellers p/a between the two cities. The service has been made possible with the support of NSW Government and Destination NSW. [more - original PR]

Air Mauritius resumes Mauritius-Perth service

3 November, 2022

Air Mauritius commenced (02-Nov-2022) twice weekly Mauritius-Perth service with A330-900 on 02-Nov-2022, marking the resumption of the airline's operations to Australia. The airline had suspended the service for more than two years. Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown noted international traffic remains down 44% compared to pre-pandemic levels and said the airport will continue to work with airlines and the Western Australia Government to increase services. [more - original PR]

Qantas announces new Frequent Flyer partnership with Bangkok Airways

1 November, 2022

Qantas Airways stated (01-Nov-2022) Qantas Frequent Flyers can now book Classic Flight Reward seats to more than 20 destinations across Thailand and South East Asia as a new partnership with Bangkok Airways launched on 01-Nov-2022. Travellers can access Bangkok Airways services via Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore. The Qantas Group operates more than 50 return weekly frequencies between these cities and Australia. The partnership expands on a codeshare agreement that was introduced in 2014 allowing Qantas customers to book commercial seats on Bangkok Airways flights. [more - original PR]

Qatar Airways to increase frequency on 12 services for winter 2022/2023 season

1 November, 2022

Qatar Airways announced (31-Oct-2022) the following frequency adjustments for the winter 2022/2023 season:

  • Doha-Abu Dhabi: Increase from three to four times daily from 21-Dec-2022;
  • Doha-Adelaide-Auckland: Increase from five times weekly to daily from 22-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Almaty: increase from four times weekly to daily from 01-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Amsterdam: Increase from daily to 10 times weekly from 21-Dec-2022;
  • Doha-Bali: Increase from daily to twice daily from 06-Dec-2022;
  • Doha-Cape Town: Increase from 10 times weekly to twice daily from 06-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Dublin: Increase from 11 to 12 times weekly from 03-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Hanoi: Increase from daily to 10 times weekly from 20-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Ho Chi Minh City: Increase from daily to 10 times weekly from 20-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Hong Kong: Increase from daily to 11 times weekly from 16-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Lusaka-Harare: Increase from five times weekly to daily from 17-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Singapore: Increase from twice to three times daily from 30-Oct-2022.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker stated: "This increase will provide even greater choice to our business and leisure passengers, who can connect seamlessly [via Doha] to more than 150 global destinations". [more - original PR]

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