Thai Airways pax down 1% in Jan-2019, cargo down 7%

Thai Airways reported (20-Feb-2019) the following traffic highlights for Jan-2019: Passengers: 1.7 million, -0.7% year-on-year; Passenger traffic (RPKs): -1.9%; Domestic: +0.8%; Regional: +2.0%; Australia: +5.3%;…..

Leisure travellers seeking instant perks and rewards are diluting the value of hotel loyalty programmes

Many travellers are members of multiple loyalty programmes, and the role of these programmes is often insignificant when choosing between different hotels, a new study…..

Korea Tourism Organisation forecasts 18m foreign visitors in 2019

Korea Tourism Organisation president Ahn Young-bae said the group is targeting 18 million foreign visitors to South Korea in 2019 (Chosun, 19-Feb-2019). Foreign visitor arrivals…..

It’s the end of the line for the A380 Superjumbo as the original 747 Jumbojet ultimately outlives its planned successor

Airbus has announced that it will end production of the A380 in 2021 after it delivers its final production aircraft. Ironically that will mean that…..

Did you know? Top 20 Countries by ASKs

In this week’s Did you know, we take a closer look at the top ranked countries by available seat kilometres (ASKs). Top 20 Countries by…..

Cathay Pacific pax up 7.4% to 3.1m in Jan-2019, cargo down 3.4%

Cathay Pacific reported (20-Feb-2019) the following traffic highlights for Jan-2019: Passengers: 3.1 million, +7.4% year-on-year; Passenger traffic (RPKs): +9.5%; South Asia, Middle East & Africa:…..

Country Insight: #87 – Costa Rica

This year The Blue Swan Daily will countdown the world’s 100 largest aviation markets based upon departure seats in 2018. Here, using the extensive profile…..

CAAC reports China airline pax up 7.5% in Dec-2018; 611.7m pax in 2018

CAAC reported (20-Feb-2019) the following airline traffic highlights: Dec-2018: Passengers: 50.2 million, +7.5% year-on-year; Domestic: 44.6 million, +6.7%; Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan: 972,000, +8.4%;…..

Bamboo Airways to launch 37 services over 2019

Bamboo Airways announced plans to launch 37 services to international destinations over 2019, with a focus on routes to Taiwan and South Korea (, 19-Feb-2019)……

Lao Airlines to commence Vientiane-Fukuoka and Luang Prabang-Fukuoka services in Nov-2019

Lao Airlines plans to commence twice weekly Vientiane-Fukuoka and Luang Prabang-Fukuoka services in Nov-2019 (, 17-Feb-2019). According to OAG, there are currently no operators on…..