Airline News - Asia / Pacific.


Jan 21, 2008

China Warns Airlines To Be On Time. China has vowed tough punishments on airlines to ensure that chronically late aircraft run smoothly for the 2008 Olympic Games, state media reported. Airlines that fail punctuality standards from July to September at Beijing and other major cities would have their offending flight routes suspended for that quarter, the official Xinhua news agency said. Beijing Airport will limit flights to 1,350 daily, providing leeway to ensure that visitors are not stuck on the tarmac. The steps were announced by the acting head of China's General Administration of Civil Aviation, Li Jiaxiang, who faces the tough task of whipping the nation's crowded, sometimes shambolic airports into line for the huge sporting showcase. Passengers using China's rapidly expanding airways can face long delays, abrupt cancellations and surly, overwhelmed staff. Seething passengers have sometimes fought back by refusing to leave aircraft until compensation is paid for late flights, storming runways, and breaking down doors when herded into lounges after unannounced diversions to remote airports. Jan 15, 2008

AirAsia, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines

Budget airlines AirAsia, Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia will start a total of four flights per day between the cities from next month, and will be free to operate as many flights as they want when the route is fully liberalized in December, ending the monopoly by the national carriers. Under the current agreement, both airlines bear their own costs but split revenues equally, and charge the same SGD$400 (USD$280) fare for a return ticket. Singapore Airlines operates 42 flights weekly on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route, and Malaysia Airlines operates 50 flights. Jan 18, 2008

Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways boosts India routes. Hong Kong-based Cathay Jan. 15 announced it will enhance its schedule to Delhi and Mumbai beginning February 29, and launch a new service to Chennai, India s fourth-largest metropolitan city. The airline will add a further three flights a week to Mumbai from the beginning of the summer, taking the total to ten a week to the city. Another flight will be added to Delhi, making a total of 14 flights a week, and from the 1 June 1 the carrier will fly four times a week to Chennai. With a total of 20 new flights a week by early June, Cathay Pacific believes this will help boost Hong Kong s position as a leading international aviation...

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