Aviation roundup: Philippine Airlines, Thai AirAsia X and more

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PAL slashes Singapore for more Bangkok flights
Effective March 25, 2018, as part of the airline’s route rationalisation, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will suspend its Cebu-Singapore operations and increase its Cebu-Bangkok flight frequency from thrice-weekly to daily.

Passengers with confirmed tickets on CEB-SIN/SIN-CEB flights from March 25 onwards may rebook on CEB-MNL-SIN/SIN-MNL-CEB flights within 30 days from original flight date, with rebooking penalties/charges waived. They also have the option to refund the cost of their tickets within 30 days from original flight date with refunding charges waived.

The said date will also mark the start of daily operations between Cebu and Bangkok from the current thrice-weekly service. PR738 departs Cebu daily at 21.10 and arrives in Bangkok at 12.10 the following day. PR739 leaves Bangkok daily at 01.30 and touches down in Cebu at 06.30.

Thai AirAsia X returns to Sapporo
Thai AirAsia X will commence daily flights between Bangkok (Don Mueang) and Sapporo (New Chitose) on April 10 after abruptly ceasing the route in 2015.

Flight XJ620 will depart Bangkok at 23.55 for arrival in Sapporo at 08.40 the following day. XJ621 will leave Sapporo at 09.55 to arrive back in Bangkok at 15.10.

JAL Group unveils changes for 2018
JAL Group (JAL) has announced a slew of changes for FY2018 (ending March 31, 2019).

Instead of introducing twice-daily Tokyo (Narita)-Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Osaka (Kansai)-Honolulu services until October 27, 2018, as was announced in December, the airline has confirmed it will extend and maintain 14 flights per week for both routes until March 30, 2019.

Also, in an effort to match the demand between Japan and Russia following the relaxation of visa requirements, JAL will offer seasonal daily flights on its Tokyo (Narita)-Moscow (Domodedovo) service from July 1 through to October 27.

JC International launches Singapore-Phnom Penh flights

Cambodian carrier JC International Airlines will launch daily flights between Phnom Penh and Singapore today, according to Routes Online. Operated with a Airbus A320, flight QD675 departs Phnom Penh at 09.15 and arrives in Signapore at 12.15. For the return leg, flight QD676 leaves Singapore at 12.55 for arrival in Phnom Penh at 13.55.

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