Malaysia Airlines launches new route

Malaysia Airlines launches new route from Kuala Lumpur to Doha

Malaysia Airlines launches new route

Malaysia Airlines launches new route from Kuala Lumpur to Doha

May 19, 2022 –

Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, has announced the launch of direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Doha, which will open further connections to Europe through its codeshare with Qatar Airways as a reciprocal oneworld Alliance member.

Malaysia Airlines launches new route

Malaysia Airlines launches new route will operate a direct daily flight between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) International Airport and Doha (DOH) Hamad International Airport. The daily service will be operated with A330-300 aircraft, equipped with 290 seats, comprising 27 seats in Business Class, 16 Economy with extra legroom and 247 seats in Economy Class.

Customers flying on Malaysia Airlines’ new Kuala Lumpur to Doha service will have access to 62 codeshare destinations within Qatar Airways’ broad network to the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Likewise, customers of Qatar Airways travelling from Doha to Kuala Lumpur can seamlessly transfer to 34 Malaysia Airlines’ destinations including the entire domestic network and key markets in Asia, such as Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Ho Chi Minh City, subject to governmental approval.

In linking both route networks, the partners strive to develop Kuala Lumpur as a leading aviation hub in the Southeast Asia region. Furthermore, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways will leverage synergies across multiple business areas and develop innovative products to benefit their customers worldwide.

Daniel Bainbridge, Regional Director UK and Europe, commented: “We have long planned to open a route to Doha, and I am delighted this has come to fruition. I particularly welcome the opportunity to leverage codeshares with our oneworld partner, Qatar Airways, via their global hub at Hamad International Airport as part of our enhanced offering. In addition to the current MH DOH-KUL codeshare flights, travellers now have the choice of three daily Doha flights to Malaysia, offering seamless connectivity to/from any major European destination. This is yet another sign that Malaysia is open for international travel, and I celebrate this latest step towards Malaysia’s tourism recovery.”

 

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FlyDubai expands with 10 destinations

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FlyDubai expands with 10 destinations

May 18, 2022 -Ten unique destinations join flydubai’s growing network this summerflydubai resumes flights to summer destinations

• The Dubai-based carrier resumes flights to popular seasonal summer destinations from 23 June

• flydubai grows its network to more than 100 destinations with the addition of Izmir, Pisa and adds frequencies on existing routes

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 09 May 2022: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced that it will operate flights to ten unique destinations from 23 June. This includes the launch of flights to the new destinations Izmir and Pisa as well as the resumption of operations to popular seasonal summer destinations such as Bodrum, Mykonos, Santorini and Tivat.

Since the start of 2022, flydubai has launched flights to six destinations around its network including the start of flights to AlUla (ULH), its newest destination in Saudi Arabia, as well as the resumption of flights to its second point in Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). The carrier grows its network to 100 destinations with the start of flights to ten additional destinations, with the focus on seasonal summer routes.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “we are pleased to see our network reach new heights with more destinations joining this summer. We have seen over the past few years the value in operating seasonal routes to cater to the growing demand for travel. Our strong business model and growing fleet has enabled us to offer our passengers more options for travel as well as to add capacity on existing routes including Budapest, Maldives and Zanzibar. We look forward to the start of our operations to these beautiful destinations, which will be equally popular for passengers travelling from the UAE and from around our network.”

flydubai has grown its network in Central and Eastern Europe over the years to more than twenty destinations that include popular cities such as Belgrade, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague, Naples, Sarajevo Salzburg and Warsaw. Over the summer, the carrier’s network in Europe will further grow with the start of flights to Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Pisa, Santorini, Tivat and many more.

 

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KLM adds 16 new destinations in India through code sharing with IndiGo

KLM adds 16 new destinations in India

KLM adds 16 new destinations in India

May 17, 2022 -KLM and IndiGo, India’s leading airline, have signed a codeshare agreement that enables customers to book KLM tickets to 16 new destinations in India. The agreement allows IndiGo customers to book tickets to European and US destinations within the KLM network.

KLM adds 16 new destinations in India:
The new agreement between KLM and IndiGo provides customers immediate access to the airlines’ respective networks. This constitutes a major expansion for KLM in India. KLM currently operates daily service to Delhi and five weekly flights to Mumbai. From 23 May, it will operate three weekly flights to Bangalore.

The new codeshare agreement ensures that these flights seamlessly connect with IndiGo’s extensive network in India, including cities such as Hyderabad, Jaipur, Goa and Chennai, ensuring the passengers have access to key business centres as well as popular holiday destinations.

Pieter Elbers, president & CEO KLM: “We’re very pleased with this new agreement with IndiGo. Now that the world is reopening, our partnership with IndiGo will allow us to offer customers more business and leisure destinations in the booming and thriving Indian market.

Thanks to these partner networks, we offer an increasing range of connections with the world. This agreement is an important step forward for both airlines on the way to further recovery. IndiGo is a successful airline with a modern fleet and, just like KLM, it has won many customer satisfaction awards.”

KLM adds 16 new destinations in India: Good connections with India are of great importance to KLM. India has one of the world’s fastest growing economies. It is also one of the key trading partners of the EU and has long been an important trading partner for the Netherlands.

The expansion of the number of KLM destinations in India offers many new opportunities and connections for customers who do business with India or who have established businesses there. Moreover, the easing of travel restrictions presents a growing range of holiday destinations outside Europe.

The new agreement with IndiGo offers passengers all sorts of opportunities to explore the diverse natural and culture wonders of India. With its expansive network in the United States, KLM offers a wider array of flight options to many people in India wishing to travel to the US, and vice versa.

IndiGo is amongst the fastest growing low-cost carriers in the world. IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer fares that are affordable, flights that are on time, offering a courteous, hygienic, and hassle-free travel experience. With its fleet of 275+ aircraft, the airline is operating over 1,000 daily flights and connecting 70 domestic destinations and 24 international destinations.

KLM adds 16 new destinations in India

Delhi: daily
Mumbai: daily (from 23 May)
Bangalore: three times weekly (from 23 May), four times weekly (from 21 June)

Preparing for the trip

KLM fully understands that planning a trip may still demand a lot of preparation from customers. It is of great importance to consult the very latest information on the applicable requirements at your destination. With the interactive “Where can I fly to?” overview, KLM lists the current travel requirements for all the destinations it serves, offering customers a convenient means of choosing their next destination.

With our Ready to Fly service, passengers can save time by having their Covid-19-related documentation checked from home or wherever they are staying. This enables passengers to get negative PCR tests, health screening forms, proof of vaccination and so on validated swiftly and easily ahead of their trip.

This not only saves time, but also ensures peace of mind when they set off on their journey, because they can rest assured that they have all the required Covid-19 documentation. The Ready to Fly service is also available for travel to India.

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JetSMART Peru Cleared For Launch in 2022

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JetSMART Peru cleared for launch

May 16, 2022 – The new entry to the Peruvian market could begin flying in the current quarter.

Peru’s Ministry of Transport (MTC) has authorized JetSMART Peru to commence operations, and the new ULCC could make its debut in the second quarter. 

JetSMART Peru

JetSMART Peru is part of a South American airline group that includes JetSMART Chile and JetSMART Argentina. JetSMART Chile made its debut in July 2017 followed by JetSMART Argentina in 2019. JetSMART is owned by ULCC specialist Indigo Partners, which is also invested in Frontier Airlines, Volaris and Wizz Air. 

The company applied for its Peruvian air operator’s certificate in April 2021. Now that the airline has completed the regulatory process, MTC said JetSMART Peru is clear start operations in the current quarter. 

According to MTC, JetSMART Peru’s domestic map could include Arequipa (AQP), Chiclayo (CIX), Cusco (CUZ), Iquitos (IQT), Juliaca (JUL), Lima (LIM), Pucallpa (PLC), Puerto Maldonado (PEM), ({{Piura PIU}}), Tarapoto (TPP) and Trujillo (TRU).

 

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Peru was a growing air transport market in Latin America. Data from MTC show domestic passengers carried in 2019 grew roughly 9% year-over-year to 14 million. International passenger growth was roughly 4% year-over-year for the same time period to 12.3 million. 

In 2021, Peru’s domestic passenger levels reached 8 million, and international passenger counts were 3.4 million. 

LATAM Airlines Peru remains the domestic market leader with a 65% share of passengers traveling within the country in January, according to MTC. Sky Airline Peru had a 20% share, followed by Viva’s roughly 8% share. 

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Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches seasonal flights to Sarajevo

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Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches seasonal flights to Sarajevo

May 12, 2022 –

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost carrier, announced today the launch of its seasonal flights to Sarajevo; the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Abu Dhabi, starting June 15, 2022.

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Schedule to Sarajevo, effective June 15, 2022 (all times local):

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The charming city of Sarajevo offers a wide range of touristic attractions for its unique cultural mix, including fascinating museums and gorgeous nature. The scenic landscape that surrounds the historic city ensures an exciting experience. 

Customers can now book their direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Sarajevo by visiting Air Arabia’s website, by calling the call centre or through travel agencies.

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Champions League Final In Paris – more than 3000 extra seats by Ryanair

Champions league Final in Paris

Champions league Final in Paris

May 12, 2022 – Ryanair Release Over 3,000 Extra Seats For Liverpool Fans Travelling To Champions League Final In Paris

Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, today (05 May) added over 3,000 extra seats to accommodate Liverpool fans travelling to Paris for this year’s Champions league Final in Paris against Real Madrid in Stade de France on 28th May.

To support pent up demand, Ryanair have added extra seats departing from Liverpool and Dublin to Paris Beauvais on 27th, 28th and 29th May – where the 2022 winners will be crowned.

Champions league Final in Paris

Seats are selling fast already, so Ryanair urges Liverpool fans to book now to avoid disappointment.

RYANAIR’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE EXTRAS

LIVERPOOL / DUBLIN – PARIS
DATE FROM EXTRA FLIGHTS
27 May Liverpool – Paris 4
27 May Dublin – Paris 2
28 May Liverpool – Paris 3
28 May Dublin – Paris 2
29 May Paris – Liverpool 5
29 May Paris – Dublin 2

Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady, said:

“Liverpool are back in the Champions League final for the 10th time and we’re delighted to add over 3,000 extra seats to accommodate fans as they travel to Paris to watch their team take on Real Madrid. These extra flights will depart from Liverpool and Dublin to Paris Beauvais ahead of the final on 28th May.

Seats are selling fast so fans are urged to log onto the Ryanair.com website/app and book their trip to the Champions League final with the hope of watching Liverpool take home the European silverware.”

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Avianca and Gol merge to create pan-Latin American airline network

Avianca and Gol

Avianca and Gol merge to create pan-Latin American airline network

May 12, 2022 –

Colombia’s Avianca and Brazil’s GOL have agreed to a merger, creating a pan-Latin American airline network. The airlines will continue to maintain independent brands but benefiting from greater efficiencies under aligned ownership, and the lowest unit costs in their respective markets. They will operate under a holding company structure named Abra Group.

Avianca and Gol

Through recent investments made by Avianca’s and Viva’s shareholders, the group will also own a non-controlling 100% economic interest in Viva’s operations in Colombia and Peru as well as convertible debt representing a minority interest investment in Chile’s Sky Airline.

Together, Avianca and GOL will anchor a pan-Latin American network of airlines that will have the lowest unit cost in their respective markets, the leading loyalty programs across the region, and other synergistic businesses. Avianca and GOL will continue to maintain independent brands, talent, teams, and culture while benefiting from greater efficiencies and investments under common aligned ownership.

Abra will provide a platform for the operating airlines to further reduce costs, achieve greater economies of scale, continue to operate a state-of-the-art fleet of aircraft, and expand their routes, services, product offerings, and loyalty programs.

In the aggregate, the airlines under the Abra Group ownership will offer customers the largest network of complementary routes, with minimal overlap, across their markets.

Abra’s financial strength will provide long-term stability and agility to the participating airlines that will allow consistent and sustained investment in innovations and synergies.

Abra Group will be co-controlled by the principal shareholders of Avianca and the majority shareholder of GOL and be led by management with significant airline experience across the region, a long history of entrepreneurship, and a proven track record of growth and successful airline transformations.

Roberto Kriete, who will serve as the group’s Chairman, grew TACA in the 1980s into the leading Central American airline before merging it with Colombia’s Avianca Airlines in 2009. He also founded the leading Mexican carrier Volaris in 2006.

Constantino de Oliveira Junior, who will serve as the group’s CEO, pioneered Latin America’s low-cost carrier revolution when he founded GOL Airlines in 2001. Together with the acquisition of VRG in 2007 and Webjet in 2011, he led the company’s growth to a market-leading position.

Adrian Neuhauser, current President and CEO of Avianca, and Richard Lark, current CFO of GOL, will serve as the group’s Co-Presidents, in addition to maintaining their current roles at the airlines; further details on the Abra management team will be provided at closing.

Abra Group’s management will focus on achieving synergies to ensure the lowest cost structure in each carrier’s relevant market; expanding routes, services, product offerings, and loyalty programs; and developing innovative new products and services that will meet the evolving needs of passengers and air cargo customers in the highly competitive Latin American air transportation market and beyond.

Abra will also ensure that its operating airlines are ESG market leaders by providing enhanced governance as well as the financial strength to continue to invest in a lower carbon footprint fleet, which will significantly accelerate the airline industry’s path towards meeting carbon neutrality targets.

Roberto Kriete, Abra Group’s Chairman, said: “Our vision is to create an airline group that tackles 21st century issues and improves air travel for our customers, employees, and partners as well as the communities in which we operate. Our customers will benefit from access to even better fares, more destinations, more frequent flights and seamless connections, and the ability to earn and use points across the brands’ loyalty programs. They will also be able to enjoy enhanced travel benefits and access to superior products and services.”

Constantino de Oliveira Junior, Abra Group’s CEO, said: “This agreement places Abra’s airlines in a position to lead air travel within the region – serving a population of over one billion and GDP of nearly three trillion US dollars – providing significant opportunities for capacity and revenue growth. Our unique enterprise structure will allow each airline to drive results by maintaining their independent brands, talent, teams, and culture and will provide employees more opportunities for personal and professional growth at every stage of their careers.”

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United flights San Francisco to Melbourne resume in May 2022

United flights San Francisco to Melbourne

United flights San Francisco to Melbourne

May 10, 2022 – Starting this June, United will be the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service between Melbourne and the United States  

United has been the only airline to offer continuous passenger flights between the U.S. and Australia throughout pandemic and recently announced new codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia  

 United today announces the return of its nonstop service between San Francisco and Melbourne, beginning with three weekly flights this June. The restart of this route complements United’s existing service between Sydney and the airline’s hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

United flights San Francisco to Melbourne

United flights San Francisco to Melbourne will now be the only U.S. airline to offer nonstop flights from the United States to Melbourne.

“The fact that we retained daily passenger service to Australia throughout the lowest points of the pandemic – and were the only airline to do so – shows our commitment to Australia,” said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of international network and alliances at United. “We are thrilled to resume our San Francisco to Melbourne service and see a bright future ahead for United, for Melbourne and for US-Australia travel.”

Since Australia announced in February that the country would open its borders to international travelers after being closed for nearly two years, there has been remarkable growth in travel demand from the U.S. United has more capacity from the United States to Australia than any other U.S. carrier, and the resumption of the airline’s San FranciscoMelbourne service will provide customers with even more access to Australia ahead of the busy summer travel period.

United flights San Francisco to Melbourne: Additionally, United’s recently announced commercial alliance with Virgin Australia will offer further connectivity to top Australian destinations with convenient one-stop flights.  

United has worked closely with the Victorian government on the resumption of this service, as well as on broader plans for the market as demand continues to grow.

“We’re backing more direct international flights to Melbourne because we know the critical role they play in supporting Victorian businesses and creating jobs,” said Martin Pakula, Victorian Minister for Industry Support and Recovery. “Having more direct flights from the U.S. means it is even easier for visitors to come to Victoria and enjoy everything we are famous for – whether that’s our major sporting events, food scene or cultural institutions.”

United flights San Francisco to Melbourne
United began offering direct service to Melbourne from Los Angeles in 2014 and launched nonstop flights between San Francisco and Melbourne in October of 2019, prior to the onset of the pandemic.

For more information and to book flights, please visit united.com.

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Croatia Airlines further develops Split base

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Croatia Airlines further develops Split base

May 9, 2022 – Croatia Airlines plans to further expand its Split operations after initially announcing it will station two aircraft in the city this summer and launch five new routes.

The carrier is expected to maintain a wider variety of destinations from Croatia’s second largest city during the coming 2022/2023 winter season and add more new routes in the summer of 2023.

Croatia Airlines will have more destinations on offer

Speaking at the Aviation Arena webinar, the carrier’s Head of Network and Revenue Management, Krešimir Mlinar, said, “Based on the outlook that leisure travel and tourism will recover quicker than business travel following the coronavirus pandemic, we made certain changes to our network.

This includes five new destinations from Split and the stationing of one Airbus jet and one Dash there. We have good expectations for the leisure market. We also have plans for winter, while next year we will do something similar. We are optimistic about the summer, which is illustrated through our forward bookings”.

 
Croatia Airlines will introduce flights from Split to Stockholm, Bucharest, Dublin and Milan, which were all served from Zagreb prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as Amsterdam. The airline operated to some of these destinations from Split in the past as well.

Amsterdam was last served in October 2013, Dublin in October 1996 and Milan in September 2000. An Airbus A319 and a Dash 8 turboprop aircraft will be stationed in Split this summer, which will also enable the company to increase frequencies on a number of other routes. As a result, the airline will outstrip its pre-pandemic operations from Croatia’s second largest city.

 
Commenting on its performance this year, Mr Mlinar said, “Our biggest problem this year is the price of fuel.
 
The A320 uses two and half tonnes of fuel per hour. This is a constant, even if a ton of fuel is around 400 euros like last year, 700 euros as was the case at the start of 2022, or 1.200 euros, which is the current price. The numbers are huge, and carriers will have to make up for it through their customers. Our main problem now is that, despite a rise in late bookings, tickets are still being purchased in advance, when the increased costs were not included in the fares for use this summer”. He added, “From June onwards, we expect high levels of fleet utilisation. Some aircraft types will be in use more than in 2019. That year we also had two jets on wet-lease so as to reduce seasonality. However, it was too risky to employ the same strategy this year”.

 

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Air New Zealand to boost staff as Kiwis start to book travel

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Air New Zealand to boost staff as Kiwis start to book travel

May 09, 2022 –

Air New Zealand has seen an increase in bookings as customers rush to take advantage of open borders. While it’s welcome news for the airline and New Zealand, it is not without challenge.

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says, “Bookings on our domestic network are increasing as people start to travel again, and it’s fantastic to see international bookings flow in as we restart popular routes like Honolulu, Vancouver and San Francisco. Just this week, we operated more than 200 international flights, the highest in a long time.

“For a lot of our customers, these trips will be their first in more than two years, and it’s different to what it used to be. The new travel environment is complex, and what we’re hearing from our customers is that they have a preference to speak to a person rather than booking online or using an app. Previously around 1 in 8 customers called us before travel, now we are seeing around 1 in 3. This is leading to not only more calls, but also longer call times, with the average call handling time being around 16 minutes – approximately 50% longer than pre-Covid. While we have been recruiting into our contact centre since December last year, we just can’t keep up with the number of calls,” Geraghty adds.

The airline is looking to add 200 additional consultants, taking the total to more than 450 dedicated staff answering customer queries once training is complete in 8 weeks’ time. It’s also redeploying other staff to help out where possible.

 

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Emirates airline return to Bali

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Emirates airline return to Bali

May 06, 2022 –

Emirates landed in Bali for the first time since the suspension of flights in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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Emirates airline flight EK398 landed in Denpasar International Airport on 1 May, and was welcomed by a spectacular water cannon salute to inaugurate the airline’s return. The operating cabin crew of the flight and the passengers were welcomed at the airport with the traditional joged bumbung dance performance, which reflected Bali’s unique culture and rich heritage, followed by a cake cutting ceremony in attendance of representatives from DPS Airport.

The resumption of Emirates’ services to Bali, comes with the easing of international travel restrictions, and ramping up of global operations.

Emirates airline flight EK398 departs Dubai at 09:10 hrs, landing in Bali at 21:29 hrs. The return flight EK399 departs Bali at 00:05 hrs, arriving Dubai at 05:00 hrs. The airline is currently operating five-weekly services, and will scale up its operations to the island with a daily service starting from 1 July 2022.

Emirates continues to invest in the comfort and safety of its customers both on air and on ground. The airline has implemented a comprehensive set of measures throughout all to provide its passengers with the highest safety standards at every step of the journey. Customers travelling from Dubai can also take advantage of the contactless biometric path at Dubai International for a quicker journey at the airport with minimum to no human interaction.

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Thai flights to Bali resumed in May 2022

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Thai flights to Bali

May 6, 2022 – Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) resumes flights to Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia. The flight operation started on 1 May 2022 with high response from passengers departing from Bangkok and connecting travelers from Europe and Asia to Bali.

Thai flights to Bali

During 1 May – 17 June 2022, THAI offers four weekly flights every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Bangkok to Denpasar. Daily flight will be available from 18 June 2022 onwards. Details of flight operations are as follows:

• TG431 departs from Bangkok at 09:35 hours and arrives in Denpasar at 14:55 hours (local time).

• TG432 departs from Denpasar at 16:55 hours (local time) and arrives in Bangkok at 20:05 hours.

For more information about flight schedule, ticket reservation and issuing, please visit thaiairways.com, ticket offices and ticket agents, contact THAI Contact Center at 0-2356-1111 (24 hours a day) or send email to contact@service.thaiairways.com.

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Frontier Airlines launches new nonstop flights from Chicago

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Frontier Airlines launches new nonstop flights from Chicago

May 04, 2022 –

Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: ULCC) today launches service from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Eight of the airline’s 11 new routes begin this week as MDW becomes Frontier’s primary airport in Chicago. Additionally, the airline will continue to serve Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). To celebrate MDW as Frontier’s newest airport, the airline is offering fares as low as $59* on nonstop flights to several popular U.S. destinations.

Nonstop flights from Chicago

“We’re excited to launch service from Chicago Midway today, serving a wide variety of popular destinations spanning the U.S. from coast to coast,” said Joshua Rashkin, director of marketing, Frontier Airlines. “With this inaugural service, MDW becomes our primary Chicago Airport. We continue to offer service from O’Hare, as well, providing Chicago-area consumers an abundance of choice to enjoy Frontier’s ultra-low fares and friendly service.”

“On behalf of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the entire Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), I am thrilled to welcome Frontier Airlines back to Midway International Airport,” said City of Chicago Commissioner of Aviation Jamie L. Rhee. “Travellers now have two airport options – O’Hare and Midway – to fly Frontier to visit the ‘Windy City,’ voted Best Big City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler for the fifth year in a row.”

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Frequency and times are subject to change, so please check FlyFrontier.com for the most updated schedule.

The airline’s frequent flyer program, FRONTIER Miles, lets members enjoy many benefits as well as the ability to attain Elite status. Like the airline, FRONTIER Miles is family friendly and the program makes it easy for families to enjoy the rewards together, including family pooling of miles. FRONTIER Miles is aptly named because you earn one mile for every mile flown – no funny formulas at Frontier. Whether customers travel a little or a lot, they will find FRONTIER Miles rewarding.

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Sydney-London route! Qantas announces world’s longest direct commercial flight

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Sydney-London route! Qantas announces world’s longest direct commercial flight

May 03, 2022 –

Travellers will be able to fly non-stop from Sydney to London after Qantas announced the world’s longest direct commercial flight. The airline said the 20-hour journey will become possible when it takes delivery of a dozen Airbus A350-1000 planes, which can do more than 10,000 miles without refuelling.

Sydney-London route

A Sydney to New York route is also being set up and the new-generation jets open up the potential for direct flights from Australia to any city in the world. The services start in late 2025 and will carry up to 238 passengers across four travel classes. For those wanting to stretch their legs on the mammoth flight, there will be a “wellbeing zone” in the centre of the aircraft that includes a snack bar and screens showing movement and stretching exercises.

It’s important to move around on a long flight as being less active can cause cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the legs, increasing the risk of developing a blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis. The jet is also being designed to offer passengers more room, but 40% of the seats will be in expensive premium cabins.

The planes will have a ‘wellbeing zone’ with snacks and stretching tutorials. Qantas says the planes also have 25% less CO2 emissions per seat and less noise, and it claims the long-distance project – which it calls “Project Sunrise” – will be carbon neutral from day one.

The Australian carrier began a 17-hour non-stop flight between London and Perth in 2018, using Boeing Dreamliner jets. The world’s longest route is currently a New York JFK to Singapore route, operated by Singapore Airlines, which takes 18 hours 50 minutes and travels just over 9,500 miles.

Qantas also said it is buying 40 new aircraft for domestic routes – 20 Airbus A321XLRs and 20 A220-300s – as it retires older Boeing planes.

 

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Air Arabia Abu Dhabi starts new route to Manama

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi starts new route to Manama

May 02, 2022 –

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost carrier, has announced the introduction of a new service to Manama capital of Bahrain, starting from 15 May 2022.

Abu Dhabi travelers will now be able to fly direct to Bahrain International Airport with competitive prices and a frequency of three weekly flights.

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Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: “Offering our customers affordable and value driven air travel from Abu Dhabi remains our main priority. The new service to Manama, Bahrain is a testament to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s commitment to its customers and the industry.”

Bahrain’s strategic position has made it one of the region’s most significant commercial hub. The Kingdom of Bahrain also features multiple tourists’ attractions, where Manama, the capital city comes at the top of the list for its wonderful charm, colorful markets, culture, and history.

Customers can now book their direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Manama by visiting Air Arabia’s website, by calling the call center or through travel agencies.

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Turkish Airlines and GOL announce Codeshare and Frequent Flyer Partnership Agreement

Turkish Airlines and GOL

Turkish Airlines and GOL

April 29, 2022 – Turkish Airlines and GOL announce Codeshare and Frequent Flyer Partnership Agreement

Through the codeshare partnership, passengers will be able to purchase tickets to destinations in Brazil from flights departing from Istanbul and many other airports in Asia, the Middle East, Far East and Africa.

Linking of two carriers’ frequent flyer programs (FFP), will enable members of the Miles&Smiles and Smiles loyalty schemes to earn and redeem miles when flying on either carrier.

Turkish Airlines, a global aviation giant with almost 90 years in operation, and GOL Linhas Aéreas, the leading company in the Brazilian market, today announce a Codeshare and FFP (Frequent Flyer Partnership) Agreement.

The codeshare agreement provides that Turkish Airlines passengers from Africa, Asia, Far East and Middle East, can acquire connections with the entire network operated by GOL in the Brazilian territory and to Asuncion, Santiago, Montevideo, Lima destinations in the region.

Turkish Airlines and GOL

Currently, Turkish Airlines operates 7 daily flights to GRU Airport, São Paulo’s international airport in Guarulhos (GRU).

With the codeshare agreement, passengers of Turkish Airlines will be able to purchase directly through the airline’s sales channels, tickets for flights operated by GOL in Brazil.

Besides this codeshare, Turkish Airlines and GOL have reached consensus on launching FFP cooperation as well. TK’s Miles&Smiles and GOL’s SMILES members will gain access to accrual and redemption benefits on both airlines. FFP partnership will initially start with redemption soon, and accrual benefits will be provided afterward.

Commenting on the agreement Bilal Ekşi, Turkish Airlines CEO said; “As Turkish Airlines, we are pleased to launch codeshare and FFP cooperation with GOL in Sao Paulo that will allow passengers unique travel alternatives via İstanbul to Brazilian domestic routes. They will enjoy FFP benefits with the new flight options along with a more convenient travel experience. By this opportunity, we also hope to make contribution to the commercial relations between our respective countries.

As two of the main airlines in Brazil and Turkey, GOL and Turkish Airlines offer the best experience to their passengers. Enabling Turkish Airlines passengers to reach the largest number of flights and destinations in Brazil with this agreement is a pleasure for us.” says Paulo Kakinoff, President from GOL.This will be another opportunity for the world to get to know the beauties of Brazil through the various Turkish Airlines’ connections to the GOL flights across the country.” added the CEO.

Codeshare and FFP Partnership will bring benefits to the Passengers

After being approved by the Brazilian authorities, the codeshare agreement between the airlines will allow passengers to enjoy GOL’s 60 domestic destinations from São Paulo (GRU). In the future, the companies will work to expand the agreement to other international destinations operated by GOL. For Brazilians, the Company will offer connections with Turkish Airlines in Istanbul and many other airports around the world.

Soon, the segments will also be able to be computed for accumulation and discharge in Smiles, GOL’s loyalty program. Once the system integration is completed, the FFP agreement will bring accrual and redemption advantages to Miles&Smiles and Smiles members.

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Play Iceland full flight schedule with new destinations in 2022

Play Iceland full flight schedule

Play Iceland full flight schedule

April 28, 2022 – A major milestone was reached in PLAY´S history today when its inaugural flight departed today from Keflavík International Airport to the United States of America. The destination is Baltimore/Washington International where PLAY will operate flights daily from now on.

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Baltimore/Washington International will be PLAY´s first destination in the U.S. In May, PLAY will have its inaugural flight to Logan airport in Boston and in June PLAY will have its first flight to New York. Flights will also be operated daily from those destinations.

“We have been looking forward to this day for a long time and we are just ecstatic with joy now it’s finally here. The transatlantic flights will be the main focus in PLAY´s operations and it was a huge project to establish a connection in a new continent. But now we see the fruits of our labor, a well made, reliable and ambitious flight plan.

A major milestone was reached in PLAY´S history today when its inaugural flight departed today from Keflavík International Airport to the United States of America. The destination is Baltimore/Washington International where PLAY will operate flights daily from now on. 

With this inaugural flight starts the next chapter of PLAY´s history where passengers from North America and Europe will be transported over the Atlantic ocean with Iceland as a hub. 

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We already feel a great interest from travelers and i am really astonished to witness the resilience that my colleagues at PLAY possess. It is because of them we can celebrate this milestone in the our company´s history and we look forward to exciting times,“ says Birgir Jónsson, CEO of PLAY. Please see Play Iceland full flight schedule.

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Wizz air new flights Dubrovnik to Wroclaw and London

Wizz Air new flights

Wizz air new flights

April 27, 2022 -Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines, today celebrates the launch of new   routes connecting Dubrovnik with Wroclaw and London Luton Airport.

Wizz Air new flights

Wroclaw is the largest city in the western Poland, its unique charm, magnificent architecture and vibrant colors make it one Poland’s prettiest destinations. London Luton Airport is well connected with the city of London, which is one of the most sought after destinations for tourists and travellers all over the world.

Wizz Air new flights: Passengers can book tickets on wizzair.com or via WIZZ mobile app, at a starting price from Dubrovnik to Wroclaw of 24.99 EUR/189 HRK, and starting price from Dubrovnik to London Luton Airport of 26.99 EUR/219 HRK.

Flights from Dubrovnik to Wroclaw have been introduced every Thursday and Sunday from August 2 to September 25 2022. Flights from Dubrovnik to London Luton Airport on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays from July 4 to October 28 2022.   

With Wizz, passengers can travel safely and worry-free thanks to the airline’s travel insurance package which includes Covid-19 cover* and WIZZ Flex. WIZZ Flex service allows the passengers to alter their booking for ultimate flexibility. Passengers can cancel their flight up to 3 hours before departure without any fee and get 100% of the original fare immediately reimbursed in airline credit, as well as change dates and even routes an unlimited number of times.

Zsuzsa Trubek, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: “We are delighted to have added Wizz Air new flights routes to and from Croatia to Wizz Air’s network. We are extremely pleased to announce new lines connecting Dubrovnik with Wroclaw, Poland and London Luton Airport. With these two new routes, we are now flying all together five routes to and from Dubrovnik and so we believe that our passengers can plan their long-awaited holidays or weekend get-aways with us. Our enhanced protective measures will ensure the best possible sanitary conditions for travellers while operating with the lowest environmental footprint. We look forward to welcome passengers back on board with great service and a smile.”

*Wizz Air travel Insurance now includes medical expenses and cancellation cover following covid-19 infection. rms, conditions and exclusions apply.

 

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United Airlines and Singapore Airlines expand codeshare for 19 new destinations

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines expand codeshare for 19 new destinations

April 26, 2022 –

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have announced an expansion to their codeshare agreement, making it easier for customers to travel to more cities in the United States of America, South East Asia and Asia-Pacific.

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines

Passengers can now enjoy codeshare flights to 19 new diverse and fast-growing cities ideal for both business and leisure travellers alike, tapping Singapore Airlines’ and United Airlines’ industry-leading networks.

Beginning 26 April 2022, United’s customers will be able to connect to nine new codeshare destinations in the SIA Group network. Of these, seven points are in South East Asia. These are Brunei’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia, and Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia. They may also connect to Perth in Australia, as well as Male in the Maldives with SIA.

SIA customers may connect on United’s flights out of Los Angeles to 10 new codeshare destinations in the US. These are Austin, Baltimore, Boise, Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Reno, and Sacramento. This complements the existing connections available on United’s network from Houston to Atlanta, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, and Tampa.
“United continues to provide critical links to Asia and we are the only US airline flying direct to Singapore from the US, with our nonstop San Francisco – Singapore flight,” said Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances at United. “We are excited to further expand our partnership with Singapore Airlines and provide our customers greater convenience and access to world-class destinations in the region.”

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines

JoAnn Tan, Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “SIA’s partnership with United is an integral part of our growth strategy. The expansion of the codeshare arrangement will provide both SIA and United customers with a greater array of choices and connections, as well as seamless transfers for their business or leisure travel. This will also help to strengthen the deep and long-standing ties between Singapore and the US.”

Subject to regulatory approvals, the codeshare flights will be progressively made available for sale through the airlines’ respective booking channels.

 

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airBaltic flights Tampere and Amsterdam – new flights starting June 2022

airBaltic flights Tampere and Amsterdam

airBaltic flights Tampere and Amsterdam

April 26, 2022 –Tampere. airBaltic announces that starting on June 1, 2022, it plans to launch new scheduled flights between Tampere, Finland and Amsterdam, Netherlands. airBaltic has scheduled to connect both cities with two weekly flights.

airBaltic flights Tampere and Amsterdam

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive of airBaltic: “We aim to provide the best travel opportunities and connectivity with new destinations for our Finnish passengers. Therefore, we are excited to add the eight destination from Tampere to one of the busiest European hubs.”

Schedule airBaltic flights Tampere and Amsterdam:

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Tampere–Amsterdam 2 flights weekly June 1, 2022 59 EUR 115 EUR 449 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges, on www.airBaltic.com subject to availability

Flights between Tampere and Amsterdam will be operated by the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. A complete schedule of airBaltic flights and tickets for the new destinations are available on the company’s homepage at www.airbaltic.com.

Starting from May 2022, airBaltic will perform direct flights from Tampere to Oslo (Norway) and Copenhagen (Denmark), Frankfurt and Munich (both Germany) as well as sunny leisure destinations Malaga (Spain) and Rhodes (Greece) in addition to continuing flights to Riga (Latvia).

airBaltic in brief:

airBaltic (Air Baltic Corporation AS) connects the Baltic region with over 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. Over the last 25 years airBaltic has developed as a strong, profitable and internationally respected airline. airBaltic is by far the best known international brand of Latvia and responsible for more than 2.5% of the Latvian GDP. airBaltic operates 33 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence and innovative services. Skytrax has awarded Latvian airline airBaltic a five–star COVID-19 safety rating. In addition, airBaltic is one of the Top twenty airlines for COVID-19 compliance by the safety, product, and COVID-19 rating agency Airlineratings.com. In 2018 and 2019 airBaltic received the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award as the Market Leader of the Year. In addition, in 2019 airBaltic received Sector Leadership Award by Airline Business. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 97.03% of the stock, while the rest of the shareholders hold 2.97%.

Aviation industry indirectly provides close to 30 000 jobs in Latvia, while millions of people transfer through Riga, yet many more arrive to Latvia. Each year foreign tourists spend more than EUR 750 million in Latvia. Find out more: https://blog.airbaltic.com/airbaltic-an-asset-for-the-national-economy-of-latvia/.

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