Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes.
Jetstar launches two new routes to Thailand and Japan
From November 3, Jetstar Asia will be flying four times weekly from Singapore to Hat Yai in southern Thailand.
On Mondays and Sundays, flights will depart Singapore at 20.05 and arrive in Hat Yai at 20.35. Return flights will depart Hat Yai at 21.45 and arrive in Singapore at 00.25.
On Wednesdays, flights will depart Singapore at 19.30, and arrive in Hat Yai at 19.55. Return flights will depart Hat Yai at 20.35 and arrive in Singapore at 23.15.
On Fridays, flights will depart Singapore at 18.15, and arrive in Hat Yai at 18.45. Return flights will depart Hat Yai at 19.35 and arrive in Singapore at 22.05.
Jetstar Asia will begin thrice-weekly flights to Okinawa on November 17, and will be Singapore’s only scheduled connection to the Japanese island.
Utilising a 180-seater A320, the flight will take approximately five hours and 10 minutes. On Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays, the outbound flight from Singapore will depart at 02.20 and land at Okinawa’s Naha Airport at 08.30. The return flight will operate on the same days, departing Okinawa at 09.30, and arriving in Singapore at 13.40.
Hong Kong Airlines adds Los Angeles to network
Hong Kong Airlines will start non-stop services between Hong Kong and Los Angeles on December 18 on an Airbus A350.
From December 18, 2017 to January 15, 2018, HX068 will depart Hong Kong at 12.10, and arrive in Los Angeles at 08.55. The return flight will depart Los Angeles at 10.45 and arrive in Hong Kong at 18.20 the following day. This flight will operate only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From January 16, 2018 to March 10, 2018, the frequency will be updated to daily, but timings will be the same.
However, from March 11, 2018 to March 24, 2018, due to daylight savings, flights will depart Hong Kong at 12.10 and arrive in Los Angeles at 09.55. The return flight will depart Los Angeles at 11.45, and arrive in Hong Kong at 18.20 the following day.
Thai AirAsia introduces two Indian destinations
Thai AirAsia will launch four-times weekly services from Bangkok to the two Indian cities of Tiruchirappalli and Jaipur on September 28 and September 29 respectively.
FD0110 will depart Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport at 22.05, and arrive in Tiruchirappalli at 23.55. FD0111, the return flight, will depart Tiruchirappalli at 00.50 and arrive in Don Muang Airport at 06.10.
Meanwhile, FD0130 will depart Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport at 20.00 and arrive in Jaipur at 22.50. The return flight, FD0131, will depart Jaipur at 23.35 and arrive in Don Muang Airport at 05.20.
Qatar Airways adds new Australian destination
Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch flights to Canberra via Sydney in February 2018.
The airline’s second-daily Sydney flight will make its way on to Canberra, while return flights will be on a Canberra-Sydney-Doha routing. Flights will utilise a 358-seater Boeing 777-300 aircraft with 42 seats in business class and 316 seats in economy class.
Thai Lion Air heads to Changsha
Thai Lion Air will launch a new international service, connecting Chiang Rai in Thailand and Changsha in China, on August 10.
Utilising a 180-seater Boeing 737, flights will depart Chiang Rai at 20.30 and arrive in Changsha at 00.20 the following day. Return flights will depart Changsha at 01.15 and arrive in Chiang Rai at 03.15.