Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes and other aviation updates.
IndiGo adds Myanmar to network
Indian LCC IndiGo will operate a daily non-stop flight between Kolkata and Yangon effective September 20, 2019.
Outbound flights will depart Kolkata at 11.30, and arrive in Yangon at 14.30. Return flights will leave Yangon at 15.30, and arrive in Kolkata at 16.30.
Yangon is the LCC’s 18th international and 77th overall destination.
LOT to add Seoul route from Budapest
LOT Polish Airlines will soon add its first longhaul route to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport from Budapest Airport in Hungary.
The carrier will operate the route three times per week using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, starting September 22, 2019.
LO2001 will depart Budapest at 12.25 and arrive in Incheon at 06.05 the following day. Return flight LO2002 will depart Incheon at 07.30, and land in Budapest at 13.15.
The route is the airline’s second overall to the South Korean city. It already operates a five-weekly service between Warsaw Frederic Chopin and Seoul, which opened in 2016.
Air New Zealand boosts Bali capacity by 80% for 2020
Come 2020, Air New Zealand is increasing capacity on its Auckland-Bali seasonal service by 80 per cent, equivalent to 30,000 additional seats.
Currently, the airline operates thrice-weekly services on its Auckland-Bali route from late June to mid-October using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, increasing up to four weekly services during peak periods.
Next year, the airline will operate its seasonal services from April 11 through October 24, with up to six weekly services, subject to regulatory approvals.
Qantas dangles perks for international customers
Qantas has unveiled new perks for customers travelling to Australia, where eligible customers can use their Qantas international flight booking to unlock a range of more than 40 special offers to experience nature, wildlife and culture around Australia.
Launched in partnership with Australia’s state tourism organisations, Qantas Passenger Perks include 20 per cent off BridgeClimb Sydney to 30 per cent off a surf lesson at Bondi Beach for adventure seekers. Food lovers can enjoy offers at select Neil Perry restaurants, the Jacob’s Creek Food and Wine Masterclass and the D’Arenberg Winery in South Australia.
Meanwhile, nature lovers can go snorkelling with turtles in the Gold Coast, whale watching in Port Macquarie, or even fly Western Australia’s Aviair Bungle Bungle Adventurer. New offers to be added over coming months.
In addition to Qantas Passenger Perks, international customers also have access to Qantas Explorer fares, which are special fares for domestic flights across Australia when they fly with Qantas internationally.
Vietjet links Phu Quoc with more destinations
Vietjet has revealed plans to launch new routes and increase flight frequencies to and from the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc.
The two domestic routes will be between Phu Quoc and Danang, and Phu Quoc and Van Don. The new routes will operate at a frequency of seven flights per week from the end of this year and the middle of next year respectively.
Two new international routes (air charters) were also announced for China: Phu Quoc – Chengdu and Phu Quoc – Chongqing, with three round-trip flights per week starting from the end of 2019.
The flight frequencies of two international routes Phu Quoc – Hong Kong and Phu Quoc – Incheon (South Korea) will also be increased to six flights per week and 14 flights per week respectively from the coming winter months.