DOHA - China Southern is now the third largest airline in the world for passengers carried, according to ratings released at the 70th IATA Annual General Meeting. First and second are the US carriers, Delta and Southwest Airlines, with 120.6 million and 115.3 million passengers respectively. China Southern is third on 91.5 million passengers, moving from fifth place in 2012.
BANGKOK – Thai International says all THAI flights will continue to operate as scheduled despite a curfew between 10 pm and 5 am across Thailand It says travellers are recommended to arrive at the airport three hours before scheduled departure time, and be prepared to offer travel documents for inspection if required during transit to the airport.
SYDNEY – China Southern Airlines is offering return economy flights on its Canton Route from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth from $767 (including taxes) to 15 Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. Destinations beyond China include return flights to Kathmandu from $792, Seoul from $797, Delhi from $835 and Tokyo from $996.
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines is to suspend services to Cairo in Egypt and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The last flight to Riyadh will be operate on September 28 and the last flight to Cairo on September 30. SIA said the decision was taken because of sustained weak performance on both routes. SIA will continue to serve Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. www.singaporeair.com (ATI).
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines has issued a strong denial to reports in local newspapers that it will close several departments for a day on May 28. Operations will run as normal, MAS said in a statement.
SYDNEY – Almost 40 per cent of all visitors stopping over in Guangzhou under a new 72-hour visa-free policy introduced in August last year were from Australia and New Zealand, according to Guangzhou Tourism Director-General, Zhu Li.