air travel

  • Business News

    Asia Aviation sees record earnings from China, India travel surge

    Asia Aviation Plc, Thailand’s largest low-cost airline operator, anticipates record earnings from core operations this year, driven by a significant increase in international visitors, which is boosting demand for seats and airfares. According to Chief Executive Officer Santisuk Klongchaiya, Thai AirAsia, the fully-owned budget airline unit of Asia Aviation, plans to increase flights to China and India to take advantage…

  • Business News

    Post-pandemic airfares to remain high amid travel surge

    Despite a slight relief due to declining jet fuel prices and increased flight capacity, airfares are expected to remain high in the post-pandemic travel surge and are unlikely to revert to pre-pandemic levels soon. AirAsia Aviation’s CEO Bo Lingam spoke on the changes in travelling patterns post-pandemic in an interview. “[The aircraft] load factor is around 90%, this was unheard…

  • Business News

    Plane pain: Soaring airfares hit turbulence amid shortage struggles

    Soaring airfares are expected to persist as airlines grapple with a shortage of planes, labour, and spare parts, making it challenging to meet the surging demand for travel. A recent report by ING Bank NV highlights the myriad issues plaguing the global aviation industry, noting ongoing supply-chain constraints. Air travel demand is anticipated to surpass pre-pandemic levels this year but…

  • Thailand News

    PM Srettha’s international trips sparks questions

    Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has been travelling the world at an unprecedented pace, with trips clocking up significant air miles. Since assuming office in September last year, PM Srettha has been on more overseas trips than the average travel blogger. In a whirlwind 176 days in office, the Bangkok-born PM has been constantly hopping between continents. His itinerary reads…

  • Thailand News

    Minister orders CAAT to cut Bangkok-Phuket flight prices for Songkran

    Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit ordered the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to negotiate with airlines to explore ways to lower airfares following complaints from passengers about the high cost of flights from Bangkok to Phuket. He expressed confidence that reduced prices could be in effect in time for the Songkran travel period. Today, at 9.30am, Suriya Juangroongruangkit addressed the…

  • Events

    5 Lunar New Year festivals around the world you shouldn’t miss

    The Lunar New Year is almost here, and people around the world are gearing up to celebrate. Whether you call it Chinese New Year, Seollal, or Tet, this festive time marks a fresh start in the lunar calendar. It’s a time for vibrant parades, delicious food, and joyful gatherings. If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing Lunar New Year celebrations in…

  • Thailand News

    Vietjet Air and Trip.com join hands for better travel service

    Vietjet Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global travel giant Trip.com Group to provide a more convenient experience for travellers worldwide. Passengers are in for a treat as Vietjet Air’s official website will soon serve as a one-stop-shop for a plethora of travel offerings from Trip.com Group. From hotels to airport transfers, attractions, and activities, travellers can effortlessly…

  • Business News

    Cathay Pacific welcomes 100 mainland China cabin crew in diversity drive

    Cathay Pacific Airways welcomed 100 cabin crew members from mainland China, marking the first intake from its recruitment initiative in the region. The new staff members are set to spearhead the airline’s goal to bring onboard 1,500 individuals from across the border by 2025. Mandy Ng, Cathay’s director of service delivery, stated that hiring Mandarin-speaking flight attendants was a natural…

  • Thailand News

    Airfares to plummet next year

    Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced a breath of fresh air for travellers— airfares are set to drop next year. With an influx of licenced airlines and a squadron of new aircraft on the horizon, the skies are about to become a lot more affordable. According to the latest revelation from the CAAT today, December 27, a stellar…

  • Thailand News

    Inflated holiday airfare prices in Thailand under scrutiny

    Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a member of the House of Representatives and a deputy leader of the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), has voiced concerns regarding the inflated airfare prices during the holiday season. He urged the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to scrutinise airlines following passenger complaints about excessive ticket costs, particularly for flights from Bangkok…

  • Thailand News

    The world’s busiest air routes this year revealed: Asia airlines dominate the skies

    OAG, the top-tier data platform for global travel, has revealed the most travelled routes and destinations this year in its latest report. The report, fuelled by OAG’s mighty Global Airline Schedules Data, doesn’t just disclose the stats but unveils a panoramic snapshot of route performances and trends, be it soaring internationally or navigating domestic skies. Once again, the Asia-Pacific region…

  • Thailand News

    Vietnamese jetsetters flock to Thailand and Taiwan as domestic airfares soar

    In a year-end revelation, Google’s search engine trends have unveiled a surprising travel trajectory for the Vietnamese populace, with overseas destinations topping the charts amid escalating domestic airfares. The search giant’s findings disclosed a fervent interest in international getaways, presenting a shift in travel preferences for 2023. Taiwan, with its captivating allure, emerged as the undisputed leader, dominating the list…

  • Thailand News

    TikToker shares flight passenger’s smelly feet on her armrest

    A recent incident on a plane has sparked outrage among online viewers of a viral post. A woman shared a video on TikTok, showing her disgust as a fellow flight passenger placed his stinky feet on her armrest. The video was posted by the username @kenggii, and it has since amassed a significant number of views and comments, raising serious…

  • World News

    Video: Asiana Airlines emergency door opens mid-flight, passengers safe

    The authorities arrested a 30 year old passenger on an Asiana Airlines flight for opening an emergency exit while the plane was in flight. The incident compelled the plane to make a safe landing, and all 194 passengers and crew members managed to escape unharmed. However, six passengers, who experienced difficulty breathing, were promptly taken to the hospital. The emergency…

  • Business News

    Thailand flight sales soar, searches for outbound trips up 200% in Q1

    The first quarter of this year saw international flight sales to Thailand surpass 2019 figures, while searches for outbound Thai flights and overseas accommodation rose by 200%, according to online travel agency Traveloka. Iko Putera, the company’s chief executive of transport, anticipates a positive travel trend for Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia this year. This is driven by…

  • Thailand video news

    Phuket Under Water – Blocked Roads, Air Travel and Traffic Chaos | GMT

      Phuket Under Water – Blocked Roads, Air Travel and Traffic Chaos The overnight downpours and overflowing reservoirs in Srisoonthorn are to blame for the flooding, which also caused the Bang Neow Dam to burst. Government-installed water pumps maintain a constant flow of water through drainage pipes, preventing the flooding in Phuket from becoming more disastrous. According to The Phuket…

  • Transport News

    Take your pet on board Bangkok – Chiang Mai flights with Nok Air

    Nok Air have launched a “Pet On Board” scheme for holidaymakers who wish to take their animal on board the airline’s domestic Bangkok – Chiang Mai flight route. The airline is offering round trips from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport to Chiang Mai for 12,999 baht, which includes airfare for 2 people and 1 pet. In a statement posted on Facebook,…

  • Thailand News

    Thai AirAsia X launches cheap flights between Bangkok and Seoul, South Korea

    Thailand’s airline Thai AirAsia X has launched flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport in South Korea. The route will take place 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The first flight on the new route landed in Seoul yesterday, June 1. To celebrate the launch, the airline is offering return flights from Bangkok to…

  • Thailand News

    All Betong airport flights cancelled just 24 hours after airport opening

    Less than 24 hours after PM Prayut Chan-o-cha arrived on the first flight into Betong International Airport to chair the opening ceremony, all scheduled flights in and out of the airport have been suspended. At present, it is not possible to book flights in or out of Betong and it is not yet known when flights will resume. The Tourism…

  • World News

    Malaysia resumes Vaccinated Travel Lane ticket sales for air, land travel to Singapore

    Malaysia’s health ministry announced today that ticket sales for air and land travel under a Vaccinated Travel Lane programme (VTL) with Singapore, which had been cancelled until yesterday due to Omicron concerns, have resumed. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the resumption of VTL follows a risk assessment of the current Covid-19 situation in both countries. However, ticket sales will…

  • World News

    Vietnam to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from Thailand this month

    Vietnam is setting up a “travel bubble” scheme with Thailand to allow vaccinated travellers to enter the Southeast Asian country. The head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyen Trung Khanh, today says his department is working with Thai officials to set up the scheme, adding that the first batch of Thai tourists will arrive in Vietnam this month…

  • World News

    Singapore and Malaysia reopen shared land border today

    Singapore and Malaysia are reopening their shared land border today, marking another move forward to return to normal. The border was one of the busiest in the world pre-pandemic times, with vaccinated travellers being allowed to cross as of today. The border has been closed since March 2020, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded on either side. Families were…

  • World News

    Scoot announces new service between Singapore and London Gatwick via Bangkok

    Low-cost carrier Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has confirmed a new service between Singapore and London, via Bangkok. TTR Weekly reports that the new service will launch on December 16. The announcement means Scoot is the only low-cost airline offering non-stop flights between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and London. The flight to Gatwick Airport will also be Scoot’s first service to…

  • Thailand News

    Thai Vietjet to resume flights to Singapore and Taiwan starting October

    Thai Vietjet will resume international flights to and from Taiwan and Singapore starting on October 20 and 21 respectively. Flights from Singapore will have routes to Bangkok and Phuket. Sealed domestic flights connecting for those entering under the Phuket “Sandbox” will be available for those on the Taipei-Bangkok flights. Passengers are required to comply with immigration regulations and are liable…

  • Covid-19 News

    Survey shows travellers accept Covid safety measures but don’t want them forever

    A survey by the International Air Transport Association shows that most passengers understand the need for Covid-19 prevention measures but don’t want them to become permanent. The IATA survey was conducted on 4,700 global travellers across 11 markets and the findings show that, while people are confident in the safety of air travel and are in favour of wearing face…

  • Thailand News

    Thai Airways to offer international flights to 16 destinations next month

    Starting next month until September, Thai Airways will offer international flights from Bangkok to 16 destinations including Tokyo, Osaka, London, Paris and Frankfurt. The airline’s chief commercial officer says there’s an increase in demand for air travel and they plan to increase flights later this year under its 2021 Winter Programme. The airline says it “prioritises hygiene excellence” and strictly…

  • World News

    Air passengers in the US may face random weigh-ins

    Aviation authorities in the US say passengers may be selected for random weight checks as part of the check-in process. Flight passengers could be asked to step on the scales, as the Federal Aviation Authority updates obesity figures that can affect aircraft weight considerations prior to take-off. While this is routine practice with small commuter aircraft, it is not currently…

  • Covid-19 News

    CAAT sets restrictions and guidelines for air travel to prevent the spread of Covid-19

    With the new wave of Covid-19 infections hitting record highs, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand is tightening disease control measures for air travel and has requested that airlines abide by guidelines to help contain the outbreak. Those who test positive for Covid-19 are refrained from travelling and can face penalties for doing so under the Communicable Disease Act. CAAT…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand News Today | PM parliamentary rebuke, ‘OnlyFans’ Covid alternative | February 17

    Thai airlines and hotels say that the tourism crisis in the year ahead is set to dwarf last year’s in terms of its impact, a lack of customers, and an absence of government aid. Asia Aviation, the largest shareholder in Thai AirAsia, is warning that when international tourism eventually does resume, there may not be enough suppliers to meet demand…

  • Covid-19 News

    Covid-19 travel pass to pilot on Etihad and Emirates Airways flights

    A travel pass for passengers inoculated against Covid-19 or who have tested negative will be piloted on flights for Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways. With the travel pass issued by the International Air Transport Association, passengers can keep control of their data and share their test results with airlines and authorities for travel. The travel pass will be…