SKY express adds Milan, Sofia, and Munich as new destinations

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SKY express is expanding its flight network to Munich, Milan, and Sofia from the start of November.

Direct flights to Sofia and Munich International Airport from Athens start from 2nd November, with Milan flights beginning on the 3rd.

At the same time, responding to the needs of increased mobility between Athens and Rome, SKY express is also strengthening its routes with daily itineraries.

As stated by Gerasimos Skaltsas, SKY express Commercial Director: “Today we announce the expansion of our flight project to three strategic destinations with strong ties to Greece in terms of hospitality and entrepreneurship. Our satisfaction is dual, as after a particularly demanding summer season, we are ready to spread our wings reaching the 8th international destination that we serve steadily throughout the year with the youngest and greenest fleet in Greece. This can only give us further impetus for the next steps of SKY express’s long-term plan”.

AirAsia X adds three new key routes to Australia and New Zealand

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AirAsia X (AAX), the medium to long-haul affiliate airline of AirAsia Aviation Group announces its latest services to Melbourne (Tullamarine) and Perth in Australia as well as Auckland in New Zealand which will all take flight from 1st November 2022.

These three key routes boost the airline’s robust growth plans with 13-routes set to be operating this year, including Sydney, New Delhi, Seoul, Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka and Honolulu as well as London, Dubai and Istanbul.

AAX will recommence its services to Melbourne (Tullamarine), Perth and Auckland (via Sydney) with three weekly flights from November and will gradually increase the frequency to daily flights by the first quarter of 2023 to meet strong pent up demand.

CEO of AAX Benyamin Ismail said: “We are thrilled to recommence our services to Australia and New Zealand as a core part of our expansion strategy with our famous great value fares for medium to long-haul travel.

“We are also pleased to announce our return to Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) which offers more flexibility and connectivity for our guests travelling to and from the state of Victoria.

“In 2019, we flew over a million guests to both countries, which shows that Australia and New Zealand are important markets for us and we connected the same number of Australians and New Zealanders to Malaysia and across Asean. After a two-year hiatus we are back stronger than ever and proud to renew our commitment to making medium to long-haul air travel affordable once again for everyone in this region as well as across Asean.

“As the world reopens and travel restrictions ease, we are confident these new services will prove popular. Our Premium Flatbeds remain the best low cost seats in the sky, which we know are always in high demand for our Australian and Kiwi guests from down under.

“Importantly with over a dozen routes in our network this year, our valued guests with outstanding credit will be able to use their travel vouchers to book future travel to many exciting destinations with us. We will bring back everyone’s favourite destinations and even more in the near future and look forward to welcoming guests back on board with our great value fares and industry-leading hospitality.”

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Jim Parashos said the return of AirAsia X to Melbourne Airport underscores the airport’s convenience and competitiveness. He added: “AirAsia X flew out of Melbourne Airport for a decade, and we know our customers will be thrilled to have them back here. With a significant network beyond Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia X provides a one-stop service into much of India and South-East Asia, which is particularly valuable for international students or Victorians looking to visit friends and family overseas. AirAsia X’s decision to return to Melbourne Airport highlights the value travellers and airlines place on convenience as well as price.”

Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brown said that the recovery of Western Australia’s aviation sector has been given another boost with the return of AirAsia X. “We’ve been working hard with our airline partners to rebuild international connections and AirAsia X services to Kuala Lumpur provide another link to Malaysia and onwards.”

Auckland Airport General Manager Customer and Aeronautical Commercial Scott Tasker said: “We can’t wait to see AirAsia X touching down again at Auckland Airport in November. The new service will not only provide more choice for trans-Tasman travellers looking for competitive fares on the popular route between Sydney and Auckland but is a great option for those wanting to connect through to AirAsia’s extensive Asian network.

“With the widebody A330 flying the Auckland-Sydney-Kuala Lumpur route, it also adds substantial cargo capacity, which is great news for freight operators and exporters looking for options through to Sydney and beyond into Asia.”

Vistara ramps up flights to Thailand and connects Bangkok with Mumbai

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Vistara has announced the addition of a new route to its international network with direct connectivity between Mumbai and Bangkok, starting 05 August 2022 with five weekly flights. The airline will use its Airbus A320neo aircraft with a three-class cabin configuration on the route, bolstering its existing connectivity between India and Thailand. The airline recently increased the frequency between Delhi and Bangkok to daily flights.

Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “Thailand remains one of the most preferred tourist destinations for Indians and we are excited to commence flights between Mumbai and Bangkok, in addition to the existing daily connectivity to the city from Delhi. There is huge potential for a full-service carrier like Vistara on this route, and we are confident that travellers will thoroughly appreciate our world-class product and services along with easy and direct access to their favourite destination.”

Vietjet announces seven new international routes

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Vietjet announces seven new international routes connecting Da Nang with Singapore, Busan (South Korea), New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bangalore (India). The new services will operate from July 2022 with four to seven return flights per week.

The announcement was made at the Da Nang Investment Forum 2022 with the participation of Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. The event also marks Vietjet’s announcement to paint Da Nang’s tourism symbol on its fleet to promote the city’s images globally. Da Nang will join hands with the airline at its promotion and stimulus events in return.

Vietjet Vice President Nguyen Thanh Son said: “Da Nang is Vietnam’s one of the most attractive destinations for international tourists. Vietjet has transported nearly 22 million passengers from, to Da Nang so far and currently operates 8 domestic and 5 international routes from and to Da Nang. Vietjet believes that the new routes announced today will continue to contribute to opening more opportunities, promoting economic, trade and business investment between Da Nang and other Vietnamese cities and regional destinations.”

With many positive activities and connections with Da Nang as well as the “Central heritage road”, Vietjet has constantly opened more routes, offering more flight options with diversified flight schedules and happy experience for passengers on its new and modern fleet.

Vietjet recently operated four services between Vietnam and India, including Hanoi-New Delhi/Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh City – New Delhi/Mumbai. It will launch two more routes connecting the island city of Phu Quoc with New Delhi and Mumbai in September 2022.

Vietnam has lifted the arrival regulations relating to Covid-19 and travelers can enjoy a complete pre-pandemic fashion arriving in Vietnam. The S-shaped country is more than ready to welcome international travelers to visit and explore its magnificent scenery.

Ryanair announces UK winter schedule ‘22/23

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Ryanair announced its biggest ever UK winter ‘22/23 schedule with 13 new routes to exciting destinations such as Barcelona and Turin. This brings Ryanair’s total Winter ‘22/23 routes to/from the UK to 449, giving customers more Winter travel options than ever before and driving further inbound tourism throughout the off-peak season.

With 90 bases and over 2,500 routes operating across 36 European countries this Winter, Ryanair continues to drive traffic recovery and create jobs across Europe sustainably with a growing fleet of new B737 “Gamechanger”aircraft, which burn 16% less fuel and 40% less noise emissions, while adding 4% more seats.

To celebrate today’s announcement of its Winter ‘22/23 schedule, Ryanair has launched a limited-time seat sale with fares available from just £19.99 on new routes for travel from October 2022 until March 2023. To avail of these fantastic low fares, customers must log on to at www.ryanair.com and book by the 9th of June 2022.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness said:

As Europe’s no.1 airline, Ryanair is delighted to announce our Winter ‘22/23 schedule for the UK with 449 routes to popular destinations across Europe, including new routes to/from Barcelona, Lanzarote, and Turin. Although this schedule offers plenty of choice, demand is growing swiftly, so customers should book their Winter ‘22/23 getaways early to ensure the lowest possible fares.

To celebrate today’s announcement and the boost to Spain’s Winter tourism traffic, Ryanair has launched a limited-time seat sale with fares available from just £19.99 for travel from October ‘22 until March ’23, which must be booked by the 9th of June 2022. To avail of these fantastic low fares, which will be snapped up quickly, customers must log on to at www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.”

New Aer Lingus regional service between Dublin-Jersey takes off

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Aer Lingus Regional, exclusively operated by Emerald Airlines, commences its weekly service between Dublin and the island of Jersey. Operating every Saturday for the summer season, the Dublin-Jersey route will provide a direct link between The Irish capital and Jersey.

Commenting on the announcement, Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: “We are delighted to be operating this service between Dublin and Jersey, just in time for summer. Passengers from across Ireland will now have a direct link to Jersey throughout the summer months, making visiting family and friends a whole lot easier

We expect this route to prove popular with those travelling for leisure purposes to the island of Jersey, giving passengers the opportunity to experience Jersey’s renowned beaches and cliffside walking trails – all just a stone’s throw away from Dublin.

We look forward to working with both the team at Jersey Airport and our partners in Aer Lingus to ensure the success of this route.”

Paul Holley, Route Development Team at Jersey Airport said: “We are delighted to welcome Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional to Jersey this summer. The Dublin route has always been a firm favourite and we look forward to working alongside Emerald Airlines as the route gets underway.”

Amanda Burns, Chief Executive Officer of Visit Jersey said: “We’re delighted to welcome Emerald Airlines to Jersey this summer, strengthening the island’s connectivity with the Irish market. Whether they’re flying to Jersey for the first time or visiting friends and family, we look forward to showing Irish visitors why Jersey is the perfect hassle-free island escape.”

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance. These ultra-low fuel burn aircraft emit up to 40% less CO₂ on these short, regional flights.

Vietjet re-launches three more routes between Seoul and Vietnam’s top tourism destinations

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In celebration of vibrant summer and the revival of tourism, Vietjet officially reopens three services connecting Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Hai Phong with Seoul (Incheon International Airport).

Accordingly, the relaunched flight of Seoul – Nha Trang today was celebrated with a water cannon salute at Cam Ranh International Airport with passengers onboard being welcomed with wreaths and gifts. Vietjet will also reopen two services connecting Seoul with Phu Quoc and Hai Phong on May 21 and May 27, 2022 respectively, rounding up to 6 services operated by Vietjet between Vietnam and South Korea.

The Nha Trang – Seoul route operates three round-trip flights per week from May 20, 2022 on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Phu Quoc – Seoul route operates five weekly round trips from May 21, 2022 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The Hai Phong – Seoul route will operate thrice weekly services from May 26, 2022. Vietjet’s other services between Vietnam’s Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang and Seoul have been resumed with frequent flights while routes from Hanoi, Nha Trang to Busan and route from Da Nang to Daegu will be resumed in coming time.

Since early 2022, Vietjet has pioneered to reopen many routes connecting Asian top destinations in Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia with Vietnam’s major destinations including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. Vietnam has recently removed all test requirements for international arrivals regardless of their vaccination status.

Vietjet operates safe and comfortable flights on modern aircraft, fresh and delicious hot dishes served by dedicated and friendly cabin crews. Other services, including health care services, many cultural and artistic inflight performances, also await passengers on every happy flight.