Airline news and promotions

23 May 2009


•    British Airways and Qantas are offering promotional fares on Economy Class to Australia and London from Bangkok until June 30. Fares start from THB15,590 (US$454) from Bangkok to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, and THB23,650 (US$689) to London.

•    Emirates has a holiday package to Dubai, which entitles one child to fly for free and up to two children aged under 16 stay, eat and play for free when travelling with two paying adults. The promotion covers 33 hotels and a number of children’s attractions. Bookings must be made by June 30.

•    Jet Airways’ special return Economy and Premiere Class fares start from HK$2,500 (US$323) for travel from Hongkong to London, Brussels, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Berlin. Bookings until July 31.


•    Garuda Indonesia is expanding its Australian network following delivery of four new Airbus A330 aircraft. Thrice-weekly direct flights between Jakarta and Sydney and Melbourne commence on August 1, bringing the number of flights between both Australian cities and Jakarta to seven weekly. The remaining four flights are already operating via Bali Denpasar. Twice-daily flights between Perth and Bali, and four-times-weekly Perth-Jakarta flights will also be operated.

•    The Philippines and Spain have entered an air deal allowing 28 direct weekly flights between the two countries. Daily flights are scheduled from Manila to Madrid and Barcelona and back, and 14 flights a week from Clark to Madrid and Barcelona and back. Currently, no Philippine or Spanish airline flies directly between the two countries.


•    Tiger Airways plans to fly between Singapore and Terengganu, Malaysia. Flight frequencies are still being negotiated, and the Terengganu government has said it is prepared to absorb all taxes and fees for the first three years of Tiger’s local operations.

Joshua Tan

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