Bangkok Airways will cease its four-times-daily return flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap on October 25, 2009. The Cambodian government did not renew its agreement with the Thailand-based airline in order to accommodate its own national carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air, which has been plying the same route since launching last July 28. The airline also has four daily return flights between the two destinations.
Emirates launched a daily Dubai-Durban service on October 1. The eight-hour-and-45 minutes flight leaves Dubai at 1025 and arrives in the South African city at 1710. As an introductory offer, Emirates is giving Business Class passengers a complimentary two-night stay at Durban’s Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel that includes buffet breakfast and entertainment vouchers. The promotion runs until December 24.
AirAsia is reportedly planning to expand its route network in Southern India, with flights to Kochi, Trivandrum and Kolkata eyed for a launch in December. Currently, the budget carrier has only the Kuala Lumpur-Tiruchirappalli service for the area.
Singapore Airlines has introduced a daily A380 flight between Singapore and Melbourne. SQ227 flight departs from the Lion City at 2100, arriving in Melbourne at 0610 (0710 DST from October 4). The return SQ228 trip leaves Melbourne the same day at 1550 (1650 DST) and lands in Singapore at 2140.
Melbourne is the second Australian city and sixth city in SIA’s network to receive the A380. It currently operates 21 weekly flights between Singapore and Melbourne, including the daily A380 service.