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Canadian carriers emulate US airlines on new checked bag fees

by amit.uniyal 12. September 2014 05:12

Leading Canadian carriers have decided to emulate U.S. airlines over the implementation of new checked baggage fee on domestic routes. Canada’s national carrier Air Canada recently announced the implementation of a new $25 checked baggage fee on domestic routes. The airline’s announcement came only after three days when WestJet Airlines, its main Canadian rival, said that it would be adopting similar practice hitherto adopted earlier by U.S. carriers on imposing domestic checked baggage fee.

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Air Canada indicated that the additional checked baggage fee which will now be a part of its cheapest Tango fares will be in tune with the prevailing North American commercial aviation industry practices.

Air Canada and WestJet Airlines have said that the additional checked baggage fee would be affecting about 20 percent of their domestic passengers only, particularly those who buy the cheapest airfares.

Media reports quoted travel experts as saying that Canada has been fashionably late to the baggage fee party. The experts also said that it remains to be seen for how long such a practice would be followed by the two airlines.

Travel experts have also predicted that the recent move by Air Canada to impose additional checked baggage fee would significantly boost its annual revenue by $55 million and 20 per cent share of income.

The reports said that the aviation industry’s growing demand for baggage fees have been typically addressed by North American airlines in their own different ways and also by those across the Atlantic. So far, the additional baggage fee is not being charged by major European carriers on shorter routes, but the fares are in fact segmented in a way that factors in baggage.

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Asiana Airlines promotes South Korea as a medical tourism hub

by amit.uniyal 7. September 2014 08:52

South Korea is fast emerging as a medical tourism destination world over. One of South Korea’s flagship carriers Asiana Airlines is focusing on the increasing number of foreign visitors visiting the country for medical and healthcare services.

Asiana Airlines is focusing
on the increasing number of foreign visitors

The airline is tying up with hospitals and other medical institutions to aggressively promote South Korea as a medical tourism hub. Asiana Airlines is taking effective steps to publicize the advanced medical facilities and techniques in the country.

Asiana Airlines is now all set to evolve as a primary carrier in South Korea for transporting foreign medical tourists. The airline is also at the same time playing a significant role in contributing to nurture the high value-added medical industry in the country.

Media reports recently said that Asiana Airlines has entered into a business partnership with some 24 hospitals and clinics in South Korea since April 2009. The airline at the outset signed the first cooperation agreement with Hanyang University Hospital and expanded the relationship with others in later years. The airline has now indicated that it will be further adding more medical institutions to its growing list of business partners.

According to the reports, Asiana Airlines on June 5 this year signed a cooperation agreement with Yonsei University Healthcare System to attract patients from foreign countries jointly. Under the terms of the new agreement a health checkup program will be developed for foreign tourists and promotional events would be jointly conducted abroad.

Asiana Airlines said that it will be offering discounts on airline tickets to the foreign tourists visiting Yonsei University Healthcare System for seeking medical and healthcare services. The Yonsei University Healthcare System will similarly devise plans to make the use of its medical services for Asian Airlines’ passengers more affordable.

Korea Tourism Organization said that the number of medical tourists is expected to reach 250,000 in 2014, up from 211,000 in 2013. The top nations from where medical tourists visited South Korea include China, United States, Russia, Japan and Mongolia.

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Cathay Pacific Airways bids farewell to the Queen of the Skies

by amit.uniyal 5. September 2014 08:22

Cathay Pacific Airways in the end of August 2014 reached a historic milestone. The airline has now said adieu to the “Queen of the Skies”, the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which it flew for nearly 30 years after having launched its maiden flight to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in July 1986.

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Cathay Pacific Airways in a statement said that its only remaining Boeing 747-400 aircraft in North America made its final journey from San Francisco International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport on August 31, 2014. The final flight CX879 took off from San Francisco International Airport at 1.45 pm PDT.

The airline in a statement said that the flight CX879 will now join its other daily flight CX873 to San Francisco in a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft effective from September 1, 2014. Cathay Pacific Airways is presently conducting flight services to its six other North American gateways including Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Newark, Los Angeles and Chicago with the help of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The airline is planning to launch flights to Boston, its 7th North American gateway from May 2015. The flights will be operated between Hong Kong and Boston four times every week utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Tom Owen, Cathay Pacific Airways’ Senior Vice President – Americas, said that the Boeing 747-400 aircraft in fact placed the airline on the global map and significantly helped it to evolve into a world-class carrier. He said that the aircraft played a vital role in the airline’s overall long-haul evolution.

Owen said that the time finally came to bid farewell to the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which the airline did. Cathay Pacific Airways also at the same time feels proud in possessing one of the youngest fleets in the world. He said that the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft being operated on all its North American routes effective from September 1, 2014 is quite environmentally beneficial and fuel-efficient.

Cathay Pacific Airways has gradually expanded its global footprint in a massive way by including flight services to several international destinations including Manchester, Zurich, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Brisbane, London, Vancouver and San Francisco. The airline is presently offering 111 weekly flights to Hong Kong and beyond, including the U.S., Canada and Mainland China.

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Airlines worldwide hiring celebrity chefs for gourmet meals

by amit.uniyal 2. September 2014 07:53

It is good food that really matters! Many international airlines are following this dictum seriously and committed to provide best food to their premium customers. The airlines world over are now on a hiring spree trying to take the renowned celebrity chefs on board with the purpose of creating gourmet menus for in-flight meals to be offered to their first class and business class customers.

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Air France was among the first airline to hire the services of celebrity chefs for preparing in-flight meals. Régis Marcon, a triple Michelin starred chef, has been given the exclusive charge to take care of all the menus ever since April 2014. The French national carrier says that it wants to offer its premium customers with the exclusive French experience by serving delicious gourmet food onboard the flights. The airline believes that this strategy will ultimately pay off and help attract premium fliers to fly with it again and again.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways recently teamed up with two celebrity chefs – Dean Yasharian, who is presently associated with Hyde Park London, and Uwe Opocensky, who is working at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Both the chefs have been assigned the duty of creating delectable cuisines, worthy of a fine dining restaurant, for in-flight meals.

Australia’s flagship carrier Qantas Airways is renowned to offer exceptional meal services to its first class and business class customers. The airline’s menu is changed after every 3 months. This is done with the help of celebrity chefs and their staff.

Other prominent carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways are known to hold regular consultations with a team of world-famous chefs for creating gourmet meals for their customers. Even Brussels Airlines and Japan Airlines have been seeking the services of top chefs for delicious dishes at par with those provided in the 5-Star restaurants.

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South Korea planning to build a new southern airport

by amit.uniyal 28. August 2014 09:21

South Korea is now finding it difficult to handle its passenger traffic at its major international airport and is looking to effectively tackle the issue with the construction of yet another international airport in the country.

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The government recently made public a finding outlining the current state of the country’s aviation industry. The study said that a major international airport based near Busan will reach its maximum capacity in 2023. Busan is the second-largest city of South Korea.

The report will now spur competition among several provincial and city governments for playing an active role to host the new aviation hub. The Korea Transport Institute and the Paris Airport Authority have also unveiled separate findings on the issue.

According to South Korea’s transportation ministry, the passenger traffic at Gimhae International Airport will increase at an average of 4.7 percent annually starting from 2015. Nearly 21.62 million passengers would have used the airport in 2030.

All the findings have appropriately highlighted the doubling of air traffic in the country and growing travel demand with more and more people taking flights to international destinations in recent years.

The report further revealed that there will be a tremendous growth in the number of passengers traveling out of the third-largest airport in South Korea by 2023. The airport will hit 16.68 million passengers by that time. Nearly 9.67 million passengers traveled out of the airport in 2013. The report said that with the passenger traffic increasing at a fast pace the existing facilities at the airport will make it entirely difficult to deal with passenger arrivals and departures effectively since the airport presently has only two runways thus requiring an upgrade.

Many cities in North and South Gyeongsang provinces, as well as Ulsan, Daegu and Busan, have already expressed their desire to host the new international airport. The findings have been welcomed by the provincial and city governments and the central government is being requested to hasten with the process in a transparent manner.

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Bristol Airport eyeing US flights again with terminal revamp

by amit.uniyal 27. August 2014 08:35

UK’s Bristol Airport is undergoing a major revamp for the first time since it became functional nearly 14 years ago. The airport recently announced it will be undertaking the expansion of its terminal at an investment of estimated 8.6 million GBP.

Bristol Airport is undergoing a major revamp

According to Bristol Airport authorities, the latest expansion will be of a large scale. The airport will see phased development taking place. The airport, which is currently handling 6 million passengers per year, is now aiming to increase its capacity in a big way and looking to expand capacity to handle at least 10 million passengers annually.

With the expansion, the airport is also hoping to bring back direct transatlantic flights from the United States again. The airport officials also indicated that new Middle East routes are also likely to be opened in the future.

Media reports quoting Bristol Airport officials said that the terminal expansion will see a new departure area coming up with a number of shops as well as additional seating capacity to host hundreds of passengers. The new terminal will also have a second executive lounge as well as an outdoor terrace for passengers waiting for boarding their flights. Improved baggage handling will also be part of the latest revamp. This will be done with the extension of the processing area.

The reports said that the revamp is scheduled to start from September 2014. The terminal expansion and other upgrades at the airport would be completed in time for the peak summer holiday season next year.
 
The airport’s announcement of the revamp has come close on the heels following the recent opening of a central walkway at Bristol Airport for easing congestion particularly during the peak travel times.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive of Bristol Airport, said that after the expansion of the terminal is complete the airport will make extensive efforts to attract an international airline that will fulfill its desire of bringing back direct flights to the United States. The airport also wants to open several routes to the Middle East countries as well. The latest revamp is being seen as a significant step for Bristol Airport. The airport is eyeing to handle a record number of passengers in 2014.

Leading U.S. carrier Continental Airlines had introduced direct flights to the United States from Bristol about 10 years ago. The flights services were later on scrapped. The airport now again wants to see resumption of direct U.S. flights.

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UAE becomes worlds 2nd fastest growing air travel market

by amit.uniyal 25. August 2014 06:01

The International Air Transport Association or IATA in a recent study said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the 2nd fastest growing market for both domestic and international air travelers in the world.

(UAE) has become the 2nd fastest 
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The IATA made public its findings saying that airlines conducting flights to/from UAE carried a total of 45.3 million passengers in 2013, registering a growth of remarkable 11.7 percent over 2012.

The study said that China performed marginally better than UAE and stood at No. 1. The passengers traveling to/from China last year was at 404.2 million, reporting an 11.8 percent growth when compared to the year 2012.

Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of IATA, said that the global commercial aviation industry cited to/from movement of 3 billion passengers and about 48 million tons of cargo on around 100,000 flights on a daily basis. This was despite the fact that the real price of air travel declined by 7.4 percent.

According to Tyler, 3.12 billion passengers were transported on scheduled services by various international airlines, thus showing an appreciable growth of 5.1 percent over 2012. He said that Asia-Pacific carriers performed exceedingly well by transporting the highest number of passengers of any region.  

The IATA study disclosing the statistics further said that some 825.9 million passengers traveled to/from Europe, an increase of 3.4 percent over 2012. The airlines carried 818.9 million passengers to/from North America, up 0.7 percent. The airlines carried 240.5 million passengers in Latin America and the Caribbean, an increase of 7.6 percent. Around 157.9 million people traveled to/from the Middle East, up 8.8 percent, while the airlines carried 73.8 million passengers to/from Africa, up 5.6 percent.

The study concluded that 600,000 frequencies and over 1,100 direct airport services were added by various international airlines in 2013. There were a total of 31.5 million frequencies and 50,000 direct airport-pair services during the year.

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Foreign carriers entry in Chicago worries US-based airlines

by amit.uniyal 23. August 2014 09:14

The influx of foreign carriers to the lucrative Chicago O’Hare International Airport has been widely welcomed by the city authorities, while at the same time it has made U.S.-based airlines quite worrisome.

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A recent study said that the Chicago air travel market has seen the entry of world’s highest-rated international airlines in a big way in recent years. The arrival of international carriers such as Emirates Airline, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qatar Airways have undoubtedly provided a boost to the city’s economy, but this has also raised a controversy regarding whether the foreign carriers have gained an unfair advantage over their U.S. competitors.

Emirates Airline in August this year started providing flights services to its main hub in Dubai from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Cathay Pacific Airways also announced it will be increasing its frequencies on Chicago-Hong Kong route. Qatar Airways, which started operating thrice weekly flights between Doha and Chicago last year, also ramped up its service to daily flights.

The three airlines are renowned for offering luxury service to their customers and decked-out aircraft. Air-travel rating group Skytrax also rated these airlines as the best in the world. Cathay Pacific Airways has been named as the Best Airline in the World for 2014. Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways also received the same honors for 2013 and 2012 respectively.

The entry of these foreign luxury airlines have neither enthused or been taken kindly by U.S. carriers. In recent years many U.S. carriers have faced tumultuous times and been through bankruptcy protection. In the recent Skytrax ratings not a single U.S. airline has even made to the top 20.

U.S. airlines contend that they are operating at a disadvantage since some foreign airlines have been receiving subsidies by the government and are not required to deal with U.S. regulations as well thus impacting the growth of domestic airlines.

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Akron-Canton Airport to improve its terminal in next few years

by amit.uniyal 20. August 2014 00:56

Here’s good news for passengers traveling to/from Akron-Canton Airport. There will be a visible improvement in customer service at the airport’s terminal over the next few years. Media reports quoted Kristie VanAuken, Spokeswoman of Akron-Canton Airport, as saying that space will be added to the airport’s 6 cramped gate areas dating from the 1960s and were being used by turboprop planes.

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Kristie said that apart from the revamp and expansion of the terminal the other upgrades at the airport include better lighting at the parking lots and smoother baggage delivery system. The expansion plan which will be undertaken in next few years will first see the gates on first-level “Y” concourse being redesigned in 2016, and the construction will be taking place in 2017.

According to Kristie, there isn’t enough space presently at the airport considering the number of passengers being currently handled. The Akron-Canton Airport presently has a total of 11 gates, of which some have already been modernized.

The airport officials have already updated the community leaders and elected officials regarding the terminal changes. They have been acquainted with the progress being made on Akron-Canton Airport’s master-plan such as overall land use, taxiways, runways, airport parking, size-up of the terminal, as well as projections for future changes.
 
According to the master-plan envisaging 20 years, a clarion call has been made to expand the Akron-Canton Airport from the existing 11 gates to 17 in the future if the growth continues at the airport. Several options have already been considered by the airport officials, which also includes a complete replacement of the terminal itself.

As for now, the lowest-cost alternative has been proposed. This includes the expansion of the existing terminal at an estimated cost of $127 million. During this phase more gates and passenger holding rooms will be added, somewhat to the north and predominantly to the south.

Akron-Canton Airport continues to maintain its Southwest Airlines service. The Dallas-based carrier, which recently completed its merger with AirTran Airways, was previously a leading carrier at the airport. The Akron-Canton Airport however received a setback in January 2013 when it lost its Frontier Airlines service after the Denver-based carrier strengthened its Northeast Ohio flight operations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

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DFW airport mulls spending 12 million to study premium lounge

by amit.uniyal 15. August 2014 00:43

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has decided to hire a consultant and spend up to $1.2 million for studying the feasibility of a premium travel lounge at Terminal D for hosting international travelers.

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The consultant firm would be asked to undertake a study and review the lounge offerings at various airports worldwide for international customers and evaluate possible partners for running a premium lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Sean Donohue, CEO of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, acknowledged that the airport’s current lounge is quite competitive on domestic front. He however said that the DFW airport is simply not competitive when viewed from a global and international perspective. There is a need therefore for the airport to step up its game and stay ahead in competition.

The DFW airport is presently serving even more international first class as well as business class customers than ever before. This is because of new Middle East and Australian carriers, and also new flights to Asian destinations.

Donohue said that the DFW airport is likely to see further increase of international travelers with Emirates Airline and Qantas Airways adding double-decker Airbus A380 aircrafts on DFW routes this fall.
 
Sharon McCloskey, Vice President of Marketing at DFW airport, remarked that the existing lounges at the airport are nearly close to capacity and are unable to provide the same amenities and services that are currently available to premium customers at various other international airports world over.

There are many lounges in Terminal D at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport serving first class and business class customers. These are however operated by different airlines such as American Airlines and others.

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