China 

China’s social credit system shows its teeth, banning millions from taking flights, trains

Millions of Chinese individuals and businesses have been labelled as untrustworthy on an official blacklist banning them from any number of activities, including accessing financial markets or travelling by air or train, as the use of the government’s social credit system accelerates.The annual blacklist is part of a broader effort to boost “trustworthiness” in Chinese society and is an extension of China’s social credit system, which is expected to give each of its 1.4 billion citizens a… Source link

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Vietnam 

US to approve direct flights from Việt Nam – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Vietnam Airlines, budget airline Vietjet Air and newcomer Bamboo Airways have expressed a desire to fly to the US. — Photo zing.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to grant a Category 1 rating to Việt Nam soon, allowing its airlines to fly to the US and codeshare with US carriers, according to the Straits Times. National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, budget airline Vietjet Air and newcomer Bamboo Airways have expressed a desire to fly to the US. There are…

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Home 

Dublin to build on popularity among Chinese tourists, wants more direct flights to Hong Kong

Ireland is keen to expand the number of flights between Hong Kong and Dublin this summer, with the aim of attracting more Chinese tourists, Michael D’Arcy, minister of state of the Republic of Ireland’s Finance Department, said in an interview. The Cathay Pacific service to Dublin that started in June 2018 runs four times a week, and D’Arcy is negotiating for an expansion to five or six flights a week. The Hong Kong service is the first between an Asian city and Dublin, followed by Beijing, and has contributed to…

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Vietnam 

Nearly 40,000 flights delayed in 2018 – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

In 2018, there were 790 cancelled flights, accounting for 0.3 per cent of total flights. — Photo tapchigiaothong.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Four domestic carriers, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, Jetstar Pacific and the Việt Nam Air Services Company (VASCO), reported a total of 39,632 delayed flights in 2018, representing 13.4 per cent of their flights – a year-on-year increase of one percentage point. According to the Civil Aviation Administration of Việt Nam (CAAV), the four airlines operated a total of 296,516 flights in the reviewed period, up 9 per cent compared to 2017. …

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Singapore 

Google Flights available in Singapore from Dec 17, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – If you still have not booked flights for your New Year’s getaway, fret not. On Monday (Dec 17), search engine Google launched flight booking search service Google Flights in Singapore, allowing those here to search for flight options with ease. Typing an entry like “Flights to London” in one’s Google search bar or into the webpage of Google Flights will provide users with information such as the prices, dates and availability of flights. Users can compare flight options and even explore flying to alternate airports, across various platforms…

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Vietnam 

Cao Phong oranges to be served on Vietnam Airlines flights – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Cao Phong oranges, a special fruit from the northern mountainous province of Hòa Bình, will be served on Vietnam Airlines flights from December 8-22. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Cao Phong oranges, a special fruit from the northern mountainous province of Hòa Bình, will be dessert for business class passengers on nearly 70 routes of Vietnam Airlines from Hà Nội and HCM City to Asia, Europe and Australia, and on the domestic flights between the two major cities. The fruit will be served from…

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Singapore 

Firefly suspends all flights to Singapore from Dec 1, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Malaysian airline Firefly will suspend all flights to Singapore with effect from Dec 1, the day it was scheduled to transfer its operations from Changi to Seletar Airport. In a notice on its website, the airline said it would resume services once the relevant authorities can sort out regulatory issues with regard to its move to Seletar. Firefly, a full subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, did not elaborate further on its decision to suspend flights, but The Straits Times understands that it is in discussion with its country’s regulator,…

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Singapore 

SilkAir to give up some routes to Scoot ahead of merger with SIA; Scoot to suspend flights to Honolulu, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Scoot will acquire some SilkAir routes over the next two years, ahead of SilkAir’s merger into Singapore Airlines (SIA). Scoot, SIA’s budget arm, will also be transferring some of its services to existing destinations served by SIA and SilkAir. The changes are expected to take place between April 2019 and the second half of 2020, SIA said on Thursday (Nov 22). They are the result of a detailed review to identify which airlines in the SIA Group portfolio are best suited to meet evolving customer demand, the airline…

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Vietnam 

Vân Đồn International Airport getting ready for flights – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Vân Đồn International Airport in the northern province of Quảng Ninh, developed by Sun Group, is on track to start commercial flights by the end of this year, with construction of the technical system near completion. According to the airport’s management board, the construction of the terminal, air traffic control tower and operation tower of the VNĐ7.5 trillion (US$330 million) airport was already completed. Other construction was 95 per cent finished and was on track for the airport to be put into official…

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Vietnam 

More than 2,500 flights delayed, cancelled in October – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

An airplane of Vietnam Airlines. – VNA/VNS Photo Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific and Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) reported about 2,530 delayed and 21 cancelled flights in October. The four airlines operated a total of 22,896 flights during the month. The on-time performance index hit 89 per cent with 20,366 flights, a slight drop of 0.5 per cent from the same period of 2017. Low-cost airline Vietjet Air had the highest number of delayed flights with 1,355, while the figure…

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