South Korean National Assembly amends Aviation Business Act to encourage LCC growth

South Korea‘s National Assembly amended Article 8 of the Aviation Business Act to remove a clause on “excessive competition concerns” (Orient Aviation, 16-Aug-2019). The move…..

China Airlines to acquire 15 A320neo aircraft

China Airlines announced (16-Aug-2019) Tigerair Taiwan plans to lease eight A320neo aircraft and purchase seven A320neo aircraft (Focus Taiwan, 17-Aug-2019). The airline reportedly will receive the…..

Taiwan CAA approves five more routes for STARLUX Airlines

Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) reportedly approved five new routes for start up carrier STARLUX Airlines, bringing the total number of approved routes to 18…..

Loganair and Widerøe expand interline agreement to include eight new Norwegian locations

Loganair and Widerøe signed a new interline agreement, enabling passengers travelling on Loganair‘s services from Edinburgh to Bergen and Stavanger to connect to eight new Norwegian locations (ADS Advance, 15-Aug-2019). Connecting services from Bergen are Alesund, Floro, Kristiansund, Tromso, Bodo and Molde, while services to Kristiansand and Oslo will…..

Visitor arrivals to Philippines up 11% in 1H2019, arrivals from China up 34%

Philippines Department of Tourism reported (18-Aug-2019) visitor arrivals to Philippines for Jun-2019 and for the six months ended Jun-2019. Details include: Jun-2019: Visitor arrivals: 643,780,…..

Visitor arrivals to Australia up 2% in 1H2019, led by arrivals from China

Tourism Australia reported (15-Aug-2019) visitor arrivals to Australia for Jun-2019 and the six months ended Jun-2019. Details include: Jun-2019: Visitor arrivals: 660,300, +2.1% year-on-year; New…..

New Zealand Government to invest USD27m over five years from IVL

New Zealand‘s Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis reported (14-Aug-2019) visitors to New Zealand will directly contribute to sustainable tourism through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism…..

Malindo Air launches Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar-Sydney service

Malindo Air launched (15-Aug-2019) daily Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar-Sydney service on 15-Aug-2019, operated with Boeing 737-800/900 aircraft. Sydney is the fifth destination in Malindo’s Australian network, after Perth,…..

Real Tonga Airlines experiences 20% growth

Real Tonga Airlines reported it has experienced a 20% year-on-year growth in passenger numbers between Jan-2019 and Jun-2019 (SPTO, 15-Aug-2019). The carrier noted despite the…..

American, Southwest denied boardings rate up in 1H2019, impacted by 737 MAX grounding

US FAA reported American Airlines voluntarily denied boarding to 69,924 passengers and involuntarily denied boarding to 5022 passengers in 1H2019 (Reuters, 15-Aug-2019). Additionally, Southwest Airlines voluntarily denied boarding to 22,364 passengers…..

Avianca Holdings posts a USD36m operating loss in 2Q2019 attributed to 5.5% pax revenue reduction

Avianca Holdings reported (15-Aug-2019) that 2Q2019’s USD36 million operating loss is primarily driven by a 6.9% decrease in total operating revenues, as passenger revenues decreased by…..