Airline updates

21 Oct 2008

Viva Macau, Macau’s first international low-cost carrier, has announced new flight schedules on most of its routes. This will take effect from October 26.

Con Korfiatis, the airline’s CEO, said “introduces more attractive timings for our customers ahead of more frequencies and destinations which will be announced in coming months”.

Korfiatis added that customers of their Jakarta service would benefit from the change in evening and midnight departures to daytime departures. “This will attract even more Indonesian and Southern China travellers to visit Macau and Indonesia”. Those bound for Ho Chi Minh City will be able to leave on Saturday, instead of Friday.

From October 26 to December 18, promotional rates of US$39 one-way Jakarta-Macau and US$19 one-way Ho Chi Minh City and Macau are available.

Korean budget carrier Hansung Airlines has suspended operations, a victim of the current economic downturn and high fuel prices. It was one of several low-cost airlines serving the popular resort destination of Jeju.

Hansung, which launched in 2005, was flying from Gimpo Airport in Seoul and Cheongju to Jeju Island.

Tickets have been sold up to January next year but Hansung has yet to announce whether it would refund customers or arrange alternative flights.

Hansung’s departure will benefit other airlines that serve the Jeju route. These include Korean Air subsidiary Jin Air, Asiana Airlines subsidiary Air Busan, Kostar, Yeongnam Air and Jeju Air.

Air Astana, the flag-carrier of Kazakhstan, is increasing frequency this winter between Almaty and Bangkok in response to increasing passenger traffic from the Central Asian hub to Asia and Australia. From October 28, the service will see the introduction of a fourth frequency on Monday operated by a Boeing B767-300ER. Existing services on Wednesday and Sunday utilise a B767-300ER and Friday, a B757.

Air Astana saw an increase in its fleet earlier this year to 21 aircraft, following the delivery of three additional Airbus A320s.

For more details, visit www.flyvivamacau,

He Ruiming and Margie T Logarta

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