News for South Pacific

Swissport launches lounge partnership with Luxury Escapes

28 April, 2022

Swissport entered (27-Apr-2022) a new partnership between its airport lounges and Luxury Escapes, further strengthening its offering to travellers and airline partners at Australia's four largest airports. The partnership means international lounge passes will be offered as part of Luxury Escapes' deals or as an optional extra to members. The lounges will be co-branded 'Luxury Escapes' and cater to the more than 1.1 million travellers expected to book with the online retailer in the next year alone. Swissport Australia and New Zealand MD Brad Moore said he expected lounges to be a key feature for travellers in 2022. In 2021, Swissport acquired the No1 Lounges' Australian business, which included 'The House' premium lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airports, and 'My Lounge' at Brisbane Airport. It also opened two new lounges under its global Aspire brand at Perth Airport's Terminal 1 and 2. [more - original PR]

SriLankan Airlines to increase Colombo-Melbourne frequency from May-2022

28 April, 2022

SriLankan Airlines plans to increase Colombo Bandaranaike-Melbourne frequency from six times weekly to daily from 07-May-2022, as per a 27-Apr-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display. The airline operates the service with A330-300 equipment.

Cathay Pacific to operate additional frequencies to India, Australia, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv in May/Jun

27 April, 2022

Correction: Cathay Pacific, via its official WeChat account, announced (26-Apr-2022) plans to increase frequencies on services from Hong Kong to Delhi, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Brisbane, Perth, Tel Aviv and Auckland between May-2022 and Jun-2022. Services to mainland China remain suspended for transit passengers only. The announcement comes as Hong Kong's Government recently announced that non Hong Kong residents will be allowed to enter Hong Kong from 01-May-2022. 

Western Australia's Government removes interstate vaccination requirements

26 April, 2022

Western Australia's (WA) Government stated (26-Apr-2022) vaccination requirements for interstate travellers will be removed from 29-Apr-2022. The double dose vaccination requirement for international arrivals will continue as per Federal Government requirements. WA's requirement for unvaccinated Australian international arrivals to quarantine for seven days will continue, with a review in four weeks. Travel to remote Aboriginal communities remains restricted. [more - original PR]

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines expand codeshare agreement

26 April, 2022

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (25-Apr-2022) the following expansion to their codeshare agreement from 26-Apr-2022:

  • United customers will be able to connect to Bandar Seri Begawan, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Perth and Male with Singapore Airlines;
  • SIA customers may connect on United's flights out of Los Angeles to Austin, Baltimore, Boise, Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Reno and Sacramento. This complements existing connections available on United's network from Houston to Atlanta, Austin, Dallas Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways recommences Brisbane-Port Moresby service

26 April, 2022

Qantas Airways resumed three times weekly Brisbane-Port Moresby service with Boeing 737-800 equipment on 22-Apr-2022, following a two year suspension ( Courier, 24/25-Apr-2022). According to OAG, Air Niugini also operates the route. 

Qantas resumes Sydney-Christchurch service

22 April, 2022

Qantas Airways resumed Sydney-Christchurch service with Boeing 737-800 equipment (Routes Online, 21-Apr-2022). According to OAG, Air New Zealand also operates the route. 

Virgin Australia CEO: 'business travel is definitely back'

22 April, 2022

Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said passenger travel "will probably be more weighted towards leisure travel than maybe it was in the past", however added "business travel is definitely back" (, 21-Apr-2022). Ms Hrdlicka said for small and medium sized businesses, "it's almost back to normal". 

Qantas Distribution Platform launches name change fee capability

22 April, 2022

Qantas Airways stated (21-Apr-2022) its Qantas Distribution Platform now has the capability for to issue a Name Change Fee for Name Change requests made by customers. This capability enables agents to issue a Name Change Fee for customers no longer able to fly with Qantas, who request their unused ticket be rebooked and ticketed in another customer's name. Name Change requests are only permitted for Australian domestic fares. [more - original PR]

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]

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