Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes and other aviation updates in Asia
NokScoot to add Osaka to Japan network
From October 28, NokScoot will launch thrice-weekly Bangkok-Osaka flights, served with the Boeing 777-200 wide-body jet configured with 415 seats. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, flights depart Don Mueang International Airport at 23.50 for arrival at Kansai International Airport at 07.10 the following day. It then leaves Kansai International Airport at 08.30, arriving back in Bangkok at 12.45.
Phuket links to South Asia get a boost
GoAir will commence flights to Phuket from October 11, and to Malé, the capital of Maldives, from October 14. The carrier will operate thrice-weekly services from Mumbai to Phuket and Malé respectively, and twice-weekly flights to the two destinations from Delhi. It also intends to start flights to Phuket and Malé from Bengaluru in the “very near future”.
Vietnam Airlines to launch Danang-Osaka flights
Vietnam Airlines will launch the first non-stop flights from Danang to Japan on October 28, serviced with Airbus A321 aircraft. The seven return flights each week will depart from Danang at 00.20, and from Osaka at 09.30. The duration on each sector is estimated to be around four and a half hours.
Cebu Pacific takes off for Macau
Starting December 7, Cebu Pacific will operate four-times weekly flights between Cebu and Macau. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, flights leave Cebu at 18.50, and arrive in Macau at 22.00. Return flights leave Macau at 22.45, and arrive in Cebu at 01.45 the next day.