Solomon Airlines closes offices, suspends passenger flights, due to Honiara lockdown

21 January, 2022

Solomon Airlines aligned (20-Jan-2022) with the lockdown in Honiara and public health measures announced by the Solomon Islands Government on 19-Jan-2022, closing the national carrier's Point Cruz Sales Office and Head Office in Honiara, and undertaking only essential aircraft and system maintenance. The airline has also cancelled all domestic flights until 23-Jan-2022. Solomon Airlines international services are now also suspended for passenger arrivals and departures to and from Honiara, including the Honiara to Brisbane service on 21-Jan-2022, following direction from the COVID-19 Oversight Committee. The airline's 21-Jan-2022 service between Brisbane and Honiara will operate as a cargo only service, pending further advice from the Solomon Islands Government and approval to again accept passengers. Solomon Airlines said the national carrier will consider further suspensions in accordance with any lockdown extension as directed by the Solomon Islands Government. [more - original PR]

ITA Airways opens lounges at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate

20 January, 2022

Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways) opened (20-Jan-2022) lounges at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate, available to business class passengers, Volare premium and executive members, and SkyTeam Elite Plus members departing to destinations covered by ITA. The 1000sqm "Piazza di Spagna" lounge in Rome Fiumicino's E boarding area offers 200 seats, and includes bookable meeting rooms and a kid's lounge. The 400sqm "Piazza della Scala" lounge in the Schengen boarding area at Milan Linate offers 54 seats for passengers. As previously reported by CAPA, the carrier is also launching its online newsstand with over 7000 newspapers, in partnership with PressReader, available at both lounges. [more - original PR]

Air Seychelles to resume Maldives service in Mar-2022

20 January, 2022

Air Seychelles announced (20-Jan-2022) plans to resume operations to the Maldives on 04-Mar-2022. The airline stated it will offer a tourism link between the Maldives and Johannesburg. The Maldives relaunch will mark the resumption of commercial passenger services to all of Air Seychelles' pre-pandemic destinations, which also include Johannesburg, Mumbai and Tel Aviv. As previously reported by CAPA, Air Seychelles last resumed Johannesburg-Seychelles-Malé service in Jul-2021 and the airline entered a partnership with Visit Maldives in Sep-2021. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

BITRE: Australian international pax down 95.5% in Nov-2021, compared to Nov-2019

20 January, 2022

Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (20-Jan-2022) the following international traffic highlights for Nov-2021:

  • Passengers: 155,796, -95.5% compared to Nov-2019;
  • Available seats: 627,002, -85.7%;
  • Cargo: 89,909 tonnes, -11.9%;
  • Flights: 4489, -73.4%;
  • Aircraft movements: 4843, -72.0%;
  • Top five international carried: 
    • Share of passengers carried: 
      • Singapore Airlines: 20.4%, +8.3pp year-on-year;
      • Emirates: 17.9%, +6.8pp;
      • Qatar Airways: 12.3%, -0.6pp;
      • Qantas Airways: 7.0%, +5.9pp;
      • Etihad Airways: 7.0%, +4.6pp;
    • Share of cargo carried:
      • Singapore Airlines: 13.9%, +2.5pp year-on-year;
      • Cathay Pacific Airways: 8.5%, +1.8pp;
      • Qantas Airways: 7.9%, +0.2pp;
      • FedEx: 7.4%, -2.7%
      • Kalitta Air: 6.7%, +3.5pp.

LCC Scoot accounted for 2.5% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in Nov-2021. The LCC share in 2020 was 2.9% and in 2019 was 14.7%. [more - original PR]

Serko SVP Asia Pacific: 'the time in COVID' was a time to communicate with customers,

20 January, 2022

Serko SVP Asia Pacific Murray Warner, speaking to CAPA TV on the sidelines of the Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2021, stated (Dec-2021) "the time in COVID" was a time to communicate with customers, "because they weren't travelling either, and they weren't so busy". Mr Warner said "probably more than ever, maybe in our history, since we were really, really little… we really got a good view into what's most important, what's most pain, what they love about business travel". [More - CAPA TV]

Serko positioned to bring new products and 'innovation to the market': SVP Asia Pacific

20 January, 2022

Serko SVP Asia Pacific Murray Warner, speaking to CAPA TV on the sidelines of the Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2021, stated (Dec-2021) during coronavirus, Serko had a "chance to stop and think about what's working well", as well as what is not. Mr Warner added "coming out of COVID, which… we think is happening… now, and up through January and the rest of the year", the company believes it is positioned to bring new products and "innovation to the market". [More - CAPA TV

Serko SVP Asia Pacific: 'different rates of return' has been 'good for us'

20 January, 2022

Serko SVP Asia Pacific Murray Warner, speaking to CAPA TV on the sidelines of the Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2021, stated (Dec-2021) there has been a "huge" slow down for almost two years. Mr Warner said despite lockdowns and travel restrictions within "this market", Serko has "seen… different rates of return… other markets", noting it has been "good for us in a lot of ways". [More - CAPA TV]

Air Transat resumes weekly Toronto-Faro service, extends service until Oct-2022

20 January, 2022

Air Transat resumed weekly Toronto-Faro service on 18-Jan-2022, scheduled to operate using A321LR equipment until 25-Oct-2022 (Routes Online, 19-Jan-2022). This marks the first time the carrier is operating to the Algarve region outside the winter season since the service's launch over 20 years ago.

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport pax up 70.4% in Dec-2021, 7.9m pax in 2021

20 January, 2022

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport reported (20-Jan-2022) the following traffic highlights:

  • Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 1.2 million, +70.4% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 949,000, +44.0%;
      • International: 248,000, +465.4%;
    • Top 10 nationalities:
      • Australia: +884%;
      • India: +593%;
      • UK: +1126%;
      • China (including Hong Kong): +11%;
      • US: +482%;
      • New Zealand: +56%;
      • Nepal: +1671%;
      • Singapore:+1824%;
      • Canada: +728%;
      • Pakistan: +815%;
  • 2021:
    • Passengers: 7.9 million, -29.5% year-on-year;

South African Airways to resume Johannesburg-Durban service in Mar-2022

20 January, 2022

South African Airways (SAA) announced (19-Jan-2022) plans to resume three times daily Johannesburg-Durban service on 04-Mar-2022. SAA interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo commented: "Our customers and partners have been asking us to fly this route since we took to the skies again in Sep-2021. We've been waiting for the data to guide us on timing". Mr Kgokolo added that the airline "is constantly evaluating passenger volumes and revenue projections on all its existing and target routes". He said: "The goal is to match capacity with demand as closely as possible and add new routes only where and when it makes sense". [more - original PR]

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