China reopening borders for international flights from 8 countries
>> China has announced that Beijing will be reopening to international flights from 8 countries ending 5 months of lock-down in the Chinese capital. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said that it would reopen to the countries based on their low rate of COVID-19. The international flights begin today and will only be permitted to land in Beijing. The following countries will be permitted to fly into Beijing: Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria and Sweden.
Hainan airport to serve 1,500 more new flights in September
>> Haikou Meilan International Airport in the southern Chinese province of Hainan plans to add more than 1,500 flights to its schedule amid growing passenger traffic. In August, the airport served over 12,500 flights, and the total passenger traffic through this airport exceeded 1.66 million people.
Thailand partners with Alipay, Fliggy to lure Chinese travelers
>> The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced a joint campaign with Alipay and Fliggy marking its latest initiative to reboot domestic tourism and accelerate industry recovery after the COVID-19 lockdown. Aimed at targeting and encouraging local Chinese expats to travel in Thailand, the joint campaign is also part of the ongoing strategic collaboration between the government of Thailand and Alibaba Group to drive the development of the country’s digital economy.
China offers coronavirus vaccine candidates to aviation industry workers
>> China has offered experimental coronavirus vaccines to aviation industry workers, according to a regulatory notice seen by Reuters, in a push to inoculate high-risk groups to prevent a possible resurgence as economies reopen. Frontline workers at Chinese airlines, airports, China National Aviation Fuel Group, and TravelSky will be provided a candidate vaccine on a voluntary basis, the notice from China's aviation regulator shows.
Cathay Pacific brings back Perth-Hong Kong flights
>> Cathay Pacific is once again serving Perth, bringing back non-stop flights between the WA capital and Hong Kong. Operating five return services throughout September, the airline will fly from Hong Kong into Perth on September 4, 23, 25 and 30, following the initial service into Perth on September 2. Richard Jones, Cathay Pacific’s Regional Head of Marketing and Sales, said the carrier sees "confidence for essential travel increase".
China Airlines unveils plan to expand network
>> China Airlines has unveiled plan to increase passenger services for North America, Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea. Starting this month, flights will resume to Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya with more flights added to Tokyo and Seoul. In October, the Taiwanese carrier will increase flights to Bangkok, Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Manila, Phnom Penh and Yangon. Daily passenger services will also operate on the Taipei-Jakarta route.