GENEVA - Demand for air travel recorded another solid month of growth in July, with overall revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) up 5.0% compared to July 2012. IATA says all regions were up year-on-year, with emerging markets recording the strongest increases.. Capacity rose 5.5% on the previous July, ahead of demand, and industry load factor dropped 0.4% to 82.4%.
SYDNEY – Air India is offering Business Class fares to Europe on its new Dreamliner services out of Sydney and Melbourne via New Delhi starting from AUD5,705 (including taxes) to Frankfurt, AUD5,717 to Paris, AUD5,943 to Birmingham and AUD5,994 to London Heathrow. These fares are available for ticketing and travel through to March 31, 2014 except for the peak period of December 11, 2013 to January 10, 2014, when a supplement of AUD750 applies. Call 1800 247 463 or (61 2) 9283-3370. www.airindia.in
NEW DELHI – After an absence of almost 16 years, Air India will return to Australian skies from August 30 with daily direct flights. It will utilise a new 787 Dreamliner fleet, which is already serving Air India routes to London, Frankfurt and Paris. Air India has seven Dreamliners in service, with another 20 on order.
Flights to Australia from New Delhi will be direct to Sydney, then via Melbourne on the return leg, four days weekly (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday), and direct to Melbourne, returning via Sydney three days weekly (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines will add a third daily flight from Singapore to New Delhi for the Northern Winter (October 27, 2013 – March 29, 2014). All flights will be serviced by 777 aircraft.
From 27 October, SIA and subsidiary SilkAir will operate a total of 107 weekly services* to 11 destinations in India - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram and Visakhapatnam. www.singaporeair.com
GUANGZHOU – The Chinese Government has officially confirmed that travellers from 45 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, with onward international reservations from Guangzhou, will be granted visa-free status for 72 hours from August 1. The decision brings travel to Guangzhou into line with Beijing and Shanghai, where the 72-hour visa-free rule was implemented earlier this year. Visitors to Guangzhou can travel to any part of Guangdong Province including the Hong Kong border city of Shenzhen (ATI).
HONG KONG - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts if offering members of its Golden Circle loyalty club programme savings of up to 40% on points required for room redemptions through to December 31 - discounts start at 25% off the number of points required for a standard room, 30% off for a Club Room and 40% off for an Executive Suite at selected Shangri-La, Kerry or Traders hotel worldwide. Participating hotel destinations will be updated every fortnight on GC’s dedicated website http://www.shangri-la.com/less-is-more (ATI).