Thai AirAsia is betting that the easing of travel restrictions in Japan and Thailand will translate to strong pent-up demand for flights between the two countries. The airline, along with many others, is adding new routes in the market as the Asian travel recovery picks up. The airline, which is the Thailand-based affiliate of Malaysia’s […]

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Scandinavian Airlines Suspends 1,700 Flights Due to Pilot Strike SAS said that around four per cent of the total number of flights scheduled for September and October had been cancelled, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. Apart from making such an announcement, SAS revealed that travellers have already been informed about cancellations and have been re-booked to other flights. […]

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SAUDI ARABIA. Paris Saint Germain and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi visited Jeddah this week after the Saudi Tourism Authority named the high-profile star as its official brand ambassador. The appointment of one of the world’s best-known sports celebrities to promote tourism underlines the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s highly ambitious plans to grow the value of […]

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SAUDI ARABIA. Riyadh Airports Company (RAC), operator of King Khalid International Airport (KKIA), has brought management of car parking at its international terminals in-house from this month. The concession had previously been managed by a third party operator from January 2017. RAC said the international terminals are now aligned to the business model for the […]

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Ryanair, the UK’s largest airline, today (Tuesday, 16 August) announced that it will add over 500 flights to and from its main base at London Stansted Airport for the Autumn Mid-Term Break, providing an additional 100,000 low-fare seats to/from London to family destinations in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, and France. Ryanair has added these extra […]

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AUSTRIA. Vienna Airport today reported half-year results, with revenue more than doubling to €294.7 million year-on-year. Net profit reached €52.3 million compared to €32.5 million in H1 2021 and the group posted a strong rise in EBITDA to €143.1 million from €25.2 million a year ago. The company has also revised its targets for the […]

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Following a consultation with airlines, Heathrow has confirmed it will extend the existing limits on the airport’s capacity through to 29 October, the end of the summer season. This will provide passengers with confidence ahead of their half-term getaways. In July, Heathrow introduced temporary capacity limits to improve passenger journeys over the summer getaway. By […]

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Southwest Airlines will launch a new self-service tool for TMCs and corporate travel buyers on Aug. 24. The Dallas-based carrier says that the Southwest Business Assist portal will offer its business customers increased automation and service, and will make use of unique dashboards and reports as well as offering automated processing of contractual benefits. “The […]

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Qatar Airways is celebrating 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ by bringing Qatar to fans through ‘The Journey Tour’, an interactive bus tour across Europe providing several lucky winners with a chance to attend the world’s biggest sporting tournament this winter. Kicking off in London on 13 August, Qatar Airways […]

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SWITZERLAND. Zürich Airport retail and dining turnover reached CHF54.1 million (US$57.47 million) in July, a leap of +56.3% compared to July 2021. Encouragingly, the figure was around 92% of pre-pandemic July 2019 performance. Sales were buoyed by an +85% rise in passenger traffic to over 2.5 million in the month. Airside spend per passenger slipped […]

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AUSTRALIA. Western Sydney Airport has appointed Glyn Williams to lead its retail development, shaping the shopping and dining experience for future customers at Sydney’s new gateway. As General Manager Retail, Williams will oversee the planning and design of the retail offering for the much-anticipated Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. Williams, much respected in travel […]

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AUSTRALIA. Perth Airport has signed up as a Supporter Member of the Indigenous Art Code, formed following a Senate inquiry into Australia’s Indigenous visual arts industry. The Western Australia hub is calling for fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists and transparency in promoting and selling artwork, particularly projects targeting the […]

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INDIA. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has launched a ‘Shop & Win’ promotion which includes a lucky draw for Mumbai Duty Free customers. Running at the Mumbai airport until 30 September, the shopping festival offers Terminal 2 arriving and departing passengers the opportunity to win major prizes which include weekly and monthly draws for an iPhone […]

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