Aviation roundup: Bamboo Airways, Air Astana and more

Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes.

Bamboo Airways takes off for Prague

Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways will be starting a direct flight from Hanoi to Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic.

Using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the twice-weekly Hanoi-Prague route will commence from March 29, 2020, with the number of flights to be increased depending on demand.

The expected flight durations are 11 hours and 20 minutes for the Hanoi-Prague route, and 10 hours and 20 minutes on the Prague-Hanoi route.

Air Astana expands services to India

Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana will launch services between Almaty and Mumbai, from June 1, 2020.

Using an Airbus A320 aircraft, the four-times-weekly flight has a sector time of 4.5 hours in each direction.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, flights will depart Almaty at 07.05 and arrive in Mumbai at 11.05, with return service from Mumbai departing at 12.05 and arriving in Almaty at 16.55.

On Thursdays and Saturdays, flights will depart Almaty at 22.10, with the return service from Mumbai departing at 03.10.

Jetstar Asia connects Singapore to Colombo

Jetstar Asia will be opening a new direct service from Singapore to Colombo in Sri Lanka from July 1, 2020, making it the first LCC to connect both destinations.

Using an Airbus A320 aircraft, the return service will operate four times a week, with flights timed to allow more travellers from Europe, Australia and South-east Asia to access this destination by transiting through Changi Airport in Singapore.

Vietjet to expand network in India

Vietjet will launch three direct routes to India, linking its largest cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang; with New Delhi and Mumbai in India, starting May, 2020.

The Danang-New Delhi and Hanoi-Mumbai routes will commence operations from May 14, 2020, with a frequency of five flights per week and three flights per week, respectively.

The Ho Chi Minh City-Mumbai route will operate four weekly flights from May 15, 2020.

PAL to link Mindanao to the region

Philippine Airlines will be opening two new routes that will connect Mindanao to other countries in South-east Asia, and place the island on the radar of international investors.

Starting March 29, 2020, PR2527 will operate the Zamboanga to Kota Kinabalu flight, which will depart Zamboanga at 08.00, and land at Kota Kinabalu at 09.45.

The return flight, PR2528, will depart Zamboanga at 10.45, and arrive in Zamboanga at 12.30.

Starting May 17, 2020, PR2979 will leave Davao at 15.00 and land in Manado at 16.45, while the return flight PR2980 will depart Manado at 17.45 and arrive in Davao at 19.30 the same day.

The new thrice-weekly service for both sectors will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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