News for South Pacific

Air New Zealand amends baggage for Australia-Auckland-New York service

3 October, 2022

Air New Zealand announced (03-Oct-2022) for services from Australia, via Auckland, to New York, effective for sales from 06-Oct-2022, an allowance of one checked in bag of up to 23kgs will be available for all economy passengers. There is no change to the baggage allowance for premium economy and Business Premier passengers. [more - original PR]

Samoa Tourism Authority: Samoa removes coronavirus related travel restrictions

23 September, 2022

Samoa Tourism Authority, via its official Twitter account, stated (23-Sep-2022) all coronavirus related travel restrictions have lifted from 22-Sep-2022. Travellers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or take a pre departure coronavirus test.

Batik Air (Malaysia) to launch nonstop Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne service

22 September, 2022

Batik Air (Malaysia) plans to launch seven times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne service from 06-Dec-2022 through 06-Feb-2023 with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, as per a 14-Sep-2022 GDS display and inventory. Overall Batik Air (Malaysia) service to Melbourne will increase to 14 times weekly, with daily service via Bali continuing to operate. 

Xiamen Airlines to operate 19 international services in Oct-2022

22 September, 2022

Xiamen Airlines plans to operate the following 19 international services in Oct-2022 (, 20-Sep-2022):

  • Xiamen-Los Angeles: Twice weekly;
  • Xiamen-Vancouver: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Amsterdam: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Sydney: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Melbourne: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Seoul: Three times weekly;
  • Xiamen-Phnom Penh: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Manila: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Kuala Lumpur: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Singapore: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Bangkok: Twice weekly;
  • Fuzhou-Tokyo: Weekly;
  • Fuzhou-Jakarta: Weekly;
  • Xiamen-Hong Kong: Four times weekly;
  • Xiamen-Taiwan Taoyuan: Daily;
  • Xiamen-Taipei Songshan: Three times weekly;
  • Hangzhou-Hong Kong: Weekly;
  • Fuzhou-Hong Kong: Four times weekly;
  • Tianjin-Hong Kong: Twice weekly.

Virgin Australia to relaunch Adelaide-Bali service

21 September, 2022

Virgin Australia announced (21-Sep-2022) plans to relaunch Adelaide-Denpasar services from 14-Dec-2022, offering an additional 2464 weekly seats to Bali when operating daily and more than 70,000 extra seats to Bali p/a. According to OAG, Jetstar Airways also operates the route. [more - original PR]

Western Australia Minister for Transport: Frequencies set to increase on new Airport Line

21 September, 2022

Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti stated (20-Sep-2022) following the opening of Perth's new Airport Line, there will be an increase in service frequency, providing greater access to city and airport. The Airport Line is scheduled to open on 10-Oct-2022. The higher frequency services will benefit more than 10,000 commuters that board trains between Claremont and Bayswater Stations and the city on average each day. Every second train departing from Claremont will take commuters to the new Airport Central Station, with the journey time about 35 minutes. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand launches three times weekly Auckland-New York JFK service

19 September, 2022

Air New Zealand launched (17-Sep-2022) three times weekly Auckland-New York JFK service on 17-Sep-2022 with Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The carrier now serves seven destinations in North America, along with Chicago from 31-Oct-2022, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand to extend expiry date on all credits

16 September, 2022

Air New Zealand announced (15-Sep-2022) plans to extend the expiry date on all credits. This will enable customers who have a credit as of 30-Sep-2022, to have until 31-Jan-2024 to book a new flight and until 31-Dec-2024 to take that flight. [more - original PR]

Jetstar launches four times weekly Gold Coast-Canberra service

16 September, 2022

Jetstar Airways launched four times weekly Gold Coast-Canberra service on 16-Sep-2022 with A320 aircraft, according to OAG. Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia also operate the route. 

United Airlines to increase San Francisco-Melbourne frequency to daily from 28-Oct-2022

15 September, 2022

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport announced (15-Sep-2022) United Airlines scheduled to increase San Francisco-Melbourne frequency from three times weekly to daily from 28-Oct-2022. According to OAG, the service is operated using Boeing 787-9 equipment. No other carriers are scheduled to operate the route. [more - original PR]

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