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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 airline has experienced an unusual Lunar New Year Holidays, which was supposedly one of the peak travel seasons in the city. “Daily passenger numbers trended downwards throughout the month, reaching…

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…

Hong Kong International Airport Passenger Volume Dropped 88% In 2020

Hong Kong International Airport announced a drop in passenger volume for the second year in a row. According to the Hong Kong Airport Authority, the Asian hub recorded 8.8 million passengers in 2020, an 87.7% decrease compared to 2019. The airport has recorded 74.7 million and 71.5 million passengers in…

Australia and New Zealand Travel Bubble Is On The Horizon

Australia's aviation industry is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as the demand for domestic travel has been surging. Meanwhile, the travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia is on the horizon as New Zealand gave the green light to launch the corridor in early 2021, however,…

Qantas Enhances Services Between Sydney And Melbourne

Following the border reopenings, Qantas and its no-frills airline, Jetstar, have announced that they will operate 17 return daily flights between Sydney and Melbourne, together carrying 4500 passengers a day. Victoria was the epicentre of the coronavirus in Australia, and the state has been suffered a nearly four-months lockdown that…

Korean Air Acquires Asiana Airlines Rival

After being hit hard by the coronavirus for several months, a large merger and acquisition is going to happen in South Korea. Korean Air will acquire a 63.9% stake in Asiana Airlines and its no-frills carrier, Air Busan and Air Seoul for $1.62 billion. The airline will become the world’s…

StarLux Plans to Expand in North America In 2022

According to Taiwan’s local media, StarLux Airline is going to expand its route map to North America in 2022. The airline has applied for 15 potential American destinations to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). Earlier, StarLux ordered 17 A350XWB, including nine A350-900 and eight A350-1000, which are expected to be…

Garuda Indonesia To Merge With Eight Companies

With no end in sight for the pandemic, the Indonesian Government is planning to merge Garuda Indonesia, the national flag carrier, with another eight tourism companies, according to Nikkei. After months of the pandemic, the government proposed the scheme among the state-owned enterprises. The plan is expected to integrate Garuda…

Finnair Changing Course To Survive COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines are figuring out different ways to stay afloat and continue reduced but steady operations, through grounding aircraft, changing schedules frequently, and limiting onboard services. However, one carrier  — Finnair — is looking to completely change the way it operates to allow it to thrive…

Macau Aviation Industry Facing Severe Turbulence During Pandemic

According to Macau’s local media, Air China, the parent company of Air Macau, revealed Air Macau suffered a loss of $67.4 million in the first half of the year. The Macau-based carrier recorded a profit of $10.4 million in the same time last year. Earlier, Air China reported a loss…