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A Qantas 787-9 performs a test flight at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

First Quarantine-Free Flights Arrive in New Zealand

The aviation industry in Australia and New Zealand is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. After being hit by the pandemic, a two-way trans-Tasman bubble arrangement has been launched. Bubble flights to both Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand started this week. The first quarantine-free flight to New Zealand touched down at Auckland International Airport at 12:30 p.m. Monday, over an hour delayed because some passengers failed to complete the travel documents on time. According to Qantas, the…

April Brings Renewed Life for Korean Aviation

The aviation industry in South Korea has seen a silver lining in spite of the country's fourth wave of coronavirus. AeroK, the brand-new Cheongju-based airline, will operate three flights each day between Cheongju to Jeju with its A320 starting on April 15. “Operation of our first scheduled flight had to…

U.K. International Travel Plan Under Threat

The coronavirus infection curve has been flattened in the U.K. amid a successful vaccination rollout effort. The aviation industry has expected Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of Britain, would announce the reopening of the international travel on May 17. However, the government hasn’t lifted its travel restrictions. Currently, citizens must…

Chinese Airports Show Signs of Recovery

Chinese aviation is experiencing a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic even though international travel largely remains closed. As a result of the huge demand in the domestic services, China Eastern Airlines’ grounded aircraft have returned to the skies. Recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced that the…

Cathay Pacific Still Facing Turbulence

Hong Kong’s aviation market is still facing severe turbulence as Cathay Pacific is expecting its daily passenger count could be as low as 600 in March. According to the airline, it served 21,134 passengers in February, a decrease of nearly 98% compared to the same time last year. The struggling…

Taipei’s Songshan Airport Records a Profit Amid Pandemic

Taiwan's aviation industry seems significantly different from its global peers. For example, the staff of China Airlines were recently rewarded with year-end bonuses. In addition, Taipei's Songshan airport, which mainly provides domestic and limited regional services, has recorded a $4.61 million profit during the pandemic in spite of declining passenger…

Air New Zealand Trials IATA’s Travel Pass

Following Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand is going to trial the Travel Pass app developed by International Air Transport Association (IATA) on its Auckland-Sydney route in April. Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer Jennifer Sepull says the goal is to enable customers to seamlessly…

Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport Saw Tumultuous 2020

The upcoming Lunar New Year holiday in Taiwan is like no other. As a result of international travel restrictions, passenger volume at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport on Lunar New Year’s Eve, Feb. 11, is expected around 497 passengers, with the second day of the new year dipping to only 282…

Two New Korean Airlines Set to Launch Soon

The aviation industry in South Korea is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, as Air Premia and Aero K, two brand-new budget carriers, are going to launch services as soon as next month. Both airlines were granted their Air Carrier Licenses – which allow for interstate, foreign,…

China’s Tianfu Airport is a Step Closer to Launch

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is a step closer to launch after conducting its first test flight. Sichuan's government said the brand-new airport is expected to launch before June 30.  The second airport test will be held in March. China's government has spent four years completing phase one of construction. Six…