Aviation roundup: AirAsia, Firefly and more

Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes and other aviation news

AirAsia launches flights between Bangkok and Ahmedabad
AirAsia has launched a new route connecting Bangkok with Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat state and India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, FD144 takes off from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport at 19.00 for arrival in Ahmedabad at 21.50. Flight FD145 leaves Ahmedabad at 22.20 the same day, arriving back in Bangkok’s Don Mueang at 04.15 the following day.

Firefly resumes flights to Singapore
Malaysian budget carrier Firefly will resume flights to Singapore on April 21, operating out of Seletar Airport, after the two countries agreed to work together to develop GPS-based instrument approach procedures to replace the Instrument Landing System. Before the flights were suspended last December, Firefly operated 20 daily flights between Singapore and Subang, Ipoh and Kuantan.

Yangon gets more flights from China
Sichuan Airlines has launched twice-weekly flights from Chengdu to Yangon International Airport’s (YIA) Terminal 1, utilising an Airbus A321-211A aircraft with total 189-seat capacity for the new service. Every Monday and Thursday, flights from Chengdu will arrive in Yangon at 00.20. Flights are scheduled to depart Yangon at 01.20 for arrival in Chengdu at 05.40. This is Sichuan Airlines’ third international destination operating from YIA.

In addition, China Eastern Airlines has launched thrice-weekly Hohhot-Kunming-Yangon flights at YIA Terminal 1.Using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a seat capacity of 184 for the new service, China Eastern Airlines round-trip flights arrive in Yangon at 15.10 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, before departing on the roundtrip back to Hohhot at 01.20.

PAL takes off for Phnom Penh
Philippine Airlines has launched its first flights to Phnom Penh International Airport. Using a 156-seater Airbus 320 aircraft, the new service operates five-times-weekly flights (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays). The arrival time in Phnom Penh is at 23.45 while departing time back to Manila is scheduled one hour after.

Himalaya Airlines connects Abu Dhabi to Nepal
Himalaya Airlines has launched thrice weekly flights between Kathmandu’s Nepal Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and Abu Dhabi. Using its Airbus 320 aircraft, which includes eight premium economy and 150 economy seats, the flights operate on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Flights are scheduled to depart from Kathmandu at 20.45 to arrive at Abu Dhabi at 23.45. Returning flights to Kathmandu are scheduled to depart from Abu Dhabi on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 01.45, and arrive at Kathmandu at 08.00.

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