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Old July 2nd, 2005, 01:39 PM   #1
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Solomon Airlines to launch Third Brisbane-Honiara Flight
29 June 2005


Solomon Airlines is to introduce a third weekly flight between Brisbane and Honiara from Sunday, 3 July.

To mark the launch of the new services, the airline is offering a special fare of A$599 return, plus tax.

The two-class Boeing 737-400 will depart Brisbane at 11.15am every Sunday, arriving in Honiara at 3.15pm local time.

The return flight will depart Honiara at 4.15pm, arriving in Brisbane at 6.15pm – ideal for business travellers to make an early start to work on Monday.

The airline also operates Boeing 737-300 services from Brisbane to Honiara every Tuesday and Thursday.

The special air fare applies for a minimum stay of six days and a maximum of 14 days, and some conditions apply.
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Qatar Airways to expand services to India
28 June 2005


Following the recent successful round of air service bilateral discussions between the governments of Qatar and India, Qatar Airways is to expand its services to India from next month by launching flights to New Delhi and increasing capacity on existing services.

The bilaterals concluded with Qatar Airways being allowed to almost double the number of weekly seats which it can offer between Qatar and India.

Qatar Airways currently operates 19 scheduled flights a week between Doha, the airline’s operational hub in the State of Qatar, spread across four Indian destinations – Cochin, Trivandrum, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

This summer, the airline will increase capacity to India with 11 additional flights a week taking the number of services to 30 across five Indian cities.

From 14 July 2005, Qatar Airways will add the capital, New Delhi, to its Indian route map with seven services a week.

The route will initially be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business and 132 in Economy.

The Delhi route will later be upgraded to a widebody Airbus A330 in a three-class configuration of First Class, Business and Economy, featuring Qatar Airways’ interactive Audio Video On Demand inflight entertainment system and premium cabin seats that convert into flat beds.

Qatar Airways is also expanding capacity on existing routes to India. From July 15, the Mumbai route will increase from six services a week to daily with the introduction of a new Friday night flight from Doha.

Cochin, currently served three-times-a-week, will be boosted with two additional weekly departures, on Mondays and Wednesdays from Doha, beginning on July 18. Three days later, on July 21, a fourth weekly frequency will be added to the Hyderabad schedules with the launch of an early morning Thursday flight.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that Qatar Airways would further increase capacity to India to fulfill its permitted quota of services as new aircraft are introduced into the fleet.
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bmi to launch Heathrow-Riyadh services from 1 September 2005
28 June 2005


bmi is to launch services from Heathrow to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia from 1 September 2005 with a three-times weekly service.

bmi will offer a three-class service on an Airbus A330 aircraft, with flights operating from London on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Nigel Turner, chief executive of bmi, said, "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Britain have close trading relationships, and we are delighted to be able to serve the travelling needs of Britons and Saudis."
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China Southern Airlines expands to Double Daily between Beijing and Hong Kong
27 June 2005


China Southern Airlines is expanding its summer 2005 service between Beijing and Hong Kong with a new double daily service.

“Summer 2005 is here and we are very excited to offer customers our brand-new Airbus A330 aircraft - with flat bed Premium Business Class seats - between these important business and leisure vacation markets,” said Mr. Li Kun, COO, China Southern Airlines.

Beginning July 1, China Southern Airlines will add an additional Beijing-Hong Kong flight to its already current daily service.
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Singapore Airlines to launch Bangkok - Tokyo service
27 June 2005


From September 2005, Singapore Airlines will launch a six-times weekly direct service between Bangkok and Tokyo.

Customers travelling between Singapore and Tokyo, will then have the option of a stopover in Bangkok before proceeding with their onward travel.

SQ996 will depart Singapore at 2035hrs and arrive in Bangkok at 2200hrs for a one-hour stopover. The flight will continue at 2300hrs and arrive in Tokyo the following morning at 0655hrs.

In the reverse direction, SQ995 will depart Tokyo at 0925hrs and arrive in Bangkok at 1335hrs. The flight will depart Bangkok at 1435hrs and arrive in Singapore at 1800hrs on the same day.

In addition to this six-times weekly flight, Singapore Airlines also operates two direct flights daily (SQ12 and SQ998, SQ11 and SQ997) between Singapore and Tokyo.

Also from September, to enhance connection times, SQ974 that operates from Singapore to Osaka via Bangkok will depart Singapore earlier by 50 minutes at 1945hrs. The flight will stop over in Bangkok for an hour and arrive in Osaka at 0545hrs the following day.

Similarly, SQ973, which currently departs from Osaka at 0940hrs, will take off at 1330hrs. The flight will continue after a stopover in Bangkok and arrive in Singapore at 2155hrs.
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Kenya Airways Releases Dakar Flights Schedule

Kenya Airways announced today it would begin direct flights from Nairobi to Dakar from July 1.

The twice-weekly service would operate on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a stopover in Bamako, it said.

The flight would depart Nairobi at 0830 hours and arrive at Bamako at 1250 hours with the onward flight to Dakar arriving at 1535 hours.

The return flight from Dakar would depart at 1625 hours through Bamako and be expected in Nairobi at 0530 hours the following day.

Demand from traders high

Managing director, Titus Naikuni, said in a statement that the launch of the Dakar route was in response to a growing demand from traders and diplomats in and out of the Western African region.

"The launch of Kenya Airways direct and reliable services to Senegal and Mali is in response to a market demand between these two countries and the whole of East, Central and Southern Africa, as well as to Asia, referred to as the West-East merchant corridor," he said.

Mr Naikuni said the early morning arrival in Nairobi would provide customers with conveniently scheduled connections to the rest of Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, the sub-continent and Europe via Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
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Air Deccan to increase services from Chennai
Saturday July 2 2005 09:39 IST

CHENNAI: In its efforts to increase its services from Chennai, Air Deccan will extend its Chennai-Madurai service to Tuticorin and start hourly services in the Chennai-Bangalore-Hyderabad sector soon.

While the Chennai-Tuticorin service will commence from August, the low-cost-no-frills airline is planning to introduce the new schedule – ‘one-flight-every-hour’ – in the Chennai-Bangalore-Hyderabad sector within four months, said Captain Gopinath, managing director, Air Deccan.

Addressing a Press conference after launching the ‘Drive In, Fly Out’ system in association with Hindustan Petroleum (HP), under which Air Deccan tickets counters were set up in 22 HP outlets in the city on Friday, Gopinath said :‘‘When more aircrafts are acquired, the new schedule in Chennai-Bangalore-Hyderabad would become effective. We are planning to start services every hour between 6 am to 10 pm everyday.’’

The airline has ordered for 32 Airbus aircraft at a cost of $1.4 billion, which will be delivered at the rate of one aircraft a month. The airline has raised $50 million from funding agencies while the remaining amount for buying aircraft would be raised from private equity, financial institutions and EXIM Bank guarantees.

Gopinath said,‘‘This has enabled us to order 32 Airbus and 30 ATR aircraft. We will soon get a standby aircraft to minimise any inconvenience due to cancellations.’’

As part of their efforts to improve maintenance, Air Deccan plans to make Chennai its line engineering hub by setting up a hangar at Chennai airport for $5 million .

‘‘The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has allotted 60,000 square feet of land for the hangar and construction will begin in two months. We plan to station our engineers and have an inventory in Chennai to serve smaller destinations in the region’’, he said.

Explaining the reason for frequent cancellations, he said: ‘‘Air Deccan is suffering from the risks involved in flying to smaller cities which do not have facilities for repairing grounded aircraft. When we fly to smaller cities and an aircraft is grounded, retrieval is a problem because we do not have engineers and inventory in all these places. The problem will be solved only after the standby aircraft become operational.’’ He said that many airlines do not want to go to smaller cities because of these risks.

Gopinath said that Air Deccan had come a long way from being a venture that quality people and professionals were hesitant to join. Now the airline had become a vibrant brand with a profit of Rs 350 crore in 2004. This year, Air Deccan plans to generate Rs 1000 crore as revenue, he said.

Almost 30 percent of the travellers on every flight are first-time flyers, which means that Air Deccan had achieved a profit and load factor by carving out an air passenger segment consisting of middle class and lower middle class people, he said. To further strengthen its customer base, it plans to sell 1,000 to 2,000 one-rupee tickets every month.

John K Kuruvilla, chief revenue officer, Air Deccan, and Selva Kumar, regional manager, HPCL, were also present.
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Etihad Airways to increase number of Cairo flights
29 June 2005


From 1 July 2005, Etihad Airways is increasing the number of flights it operates between Abu Dhabi and Cairo, to seven. The airline currently flies four times a week to the Egyptian capital.

In addition to an increased number of flights, travellers will also have the convenience of night departures from Abu Dhabi which allows more onward connections and flexibility.

In less than two years since it started operations, Etihad has spread its route network across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The National Airline of the UAE currently flies to 17 destinations, with plans to add more new destinations and increase the frequency on existing routes in the coming months.
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Emirates to fly from Dubai to Malta via Larnaca four times a week
From 1st October 2005, Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, will fly from Dubai to Malta via Larnaca four times a week. Air Malta will be code sharing on the flights between Malta and Larnaca.

Passengers from Dubai now have the choice of travelling to Malta and Cyprus at 08:35 hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays. This service also offers Emirates passengers the added option of flying between Malta and Larnaca.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates' Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide, said: "Customer demand for our services to Cyprus and Malta have been steadily building and we are pleased to offer this service. We are confident that the additional capacity and the new route via Larnaca will offer a convenient option for both busy business travellers and holidaymakers.

"This move opens up new connections between Larnaca and Malta, as well as between Malta and Dubai. Malta and Cyprus are becoming key commercial and tourism hubs in the Mediterranean - and both are new EU countries. The new schedule will give passengers more flexibility in planning their journeys. It will encourage the Maltese to discover Cyprus and, hopefully, serve to attract more Cypriot tourists to Malta," he said.

Emirates will operate an Airbus 330-200 on the route, offering 12 seats in First, 42 seats in Business, and 183 in Economy class, plus up to 17 tonnes of bellyhold space for cargo.

Emirates' services to Malta were launched in March 1998 with twice-weekly flights operated by an Airbus 300-600. In October 1998, the airline increased its operations with a third flight via Athens, which was later substituted by Tripoli. During the past seven years, the airline has succeeded in increasing the capacity in passenger traffic as well as cargo freight. Emirates first launched services to Larnaca in November 1994.

Flight EK107 will depart from Dubai on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 08.35 hours and arrives in Larnaca at 11.15 hours, before flying onward to Malta at 12.15 hours and lands at Malta International Airport at 14.10 hours. Return flight EK108 departs from Malta at 15.40 hours, arrives in Larnaca at 19.15 hours and departs Larnaca at 20.15 hours. It arrives in Dubai at 00.30 hours the next day.

Emirates is one of the world's fastest growing intercontinental airlines which offers services to more than 75 cities in 54 countries worldwide.
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Air Arabia ups frequency to Mumbai
2 July 2005


Air Arabia, a low cost Sharjah based airline, has added an additional daily flight to Mumbai from 1st to 16th July.

“The Mumbai route has been one of the most popular for both business and leisure travelers,” commented Harish Kutty, Head of Planning & Revenue Management for Air Arabia. “The summer is a peak travel time, with people travelling between the UAE and India to visit family and friends, and we are pleased to be able to offer them more flight choices at an affordable fare.”

Flights depart Sharjah Airport twice daily for Mumbai at 16:40 and 23:00 arriving at 21.00 and 03:20 local time, and depart Mumbai at 21:45 and 05:10 arriving in Sharjah at 23:05 and 06:30 local time.

Air Arabia currently flies from Sharjah to eighteen destinations: fourteen flights weekly to Alexandria; nine flights a week to Beirut; daily to Bahrain, Colombo, Damascus, Doha, Mumbai and Muscat; six days a week to Kuwait; four days a week to Dammam; three days a week to Khartoum and Aleppo; and two days a week to Assiut, Jeddah, Riyadh, Luxor, Sana’a and Sharm El Sheikh.
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Qatar Airways to launch daily non-stop Singapore service

4 July 2005


Qatar Airways is upgrading its Doha - Singapore route with a new daily non-stop service operated by bigger capacity aircraft, from 15 July 2005.

The existing service operates daily using an Airbus A300 with four of the flights flying via the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

With the new daily non-stop service, passengers will benefit from a shorter flight and experience Qatar Airways’ larger capacity widebody Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which features a fully interactive inflight entertainment system in every seat.

The Singapore route will be operated in a two-class configuration of up to 247 seats in Economy and 24 in Business.

Earlier this year, Qatar Airways expanded capacity between Doha, the airline’s operational hub and capital of the State of Qatar, and Singapore from five-flights-a-week to a daily service to meet growing demand from business and leisure travellers flying between Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia.

All the flights from Doha are late night departures, arriving in Singapore in time for lunch in the city.
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2 new airlines for Kolkata
Air activity intensifies over eastern region
Sohini Mookherjea / Kolkata July 05, 2005


Jetstar Airways, Australia’s new low cost carrier, and Cosmic Air, the leading Nepalese carrier, are set to launch flights in Kolkata from July, said Arnab Mukherjee, chairman of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), West Bengal chapter.

The Impulse brand purchased by Qantas has been reircarnated as Jetstar Airways and a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas.

It will operate flights from Kolkata to Singapore and operations should commence by the month of July, Mukherjee said.

Nepal’s Cosmic Air, which currently flies to the remote regions of Nepal, already has flights to New Delhi and will start its thrice weekly Kolkata-Kathmandu flight by July 17 subject to permissions.

Cosmic already has two flights a day to New Delhi but for the Kolkata leg will need three flights a week to achieve viability, he indicated.

Mukherjee said this on the sidelines of a meeting organised by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat to promote Gujarat as a destination for tourists from West Bengal.

Thai Airways has recently increased flight frequency from three to five flights a week, while Singapore Airlines has stepped up frequency to four weekly.

Air India, for the first time in its history, has launched a flight nonstop from Kolkata to London thrice a week.

Mukherjee said commission from international air ticketing for travel agents would be eliminated soon and ticketing costs would fall.

“The commission was 11 per cent prior to 1990, then 9 per cent till 1997 and then became 7 per cent till 2005 before falling to 5 per cent in May 2005 - the day is near when the commission will be scrapped altogether,” noted Mukherjee.

The commission will be replaced by a marketing fee charged by travel agents at a rate lower than commission.

This has happened globally following the advent of internet or e-ticketing, the low cost carrier challenge and growth of airline portals, explained Mukherjee.

Travel agents would have to redefine their role and focus on surface or ground travel, Mukherjee said.
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Tiger Airways plans to launch flights between Singapore and Cambodia
5 July 2005


Tiger Airways, a Singapore based low cost airline, has received permission from the Singapore aviation authorities to fly daily services to Cambodia and plans, once approval from the Cambodian authorities has been granted, to start flying on the route shortly.

“This is an important development in the expansion of our regional route network as it gives us more efficiency in the use of our aircraft which will enable us to continue offering the lowest fares. Tiger Airways is already operating successfully to Vietnam on its Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi routes and the addition of Cambodia to our list of destinations will expand our paw prints over more of Asia,” said Tiger Airways CEO Tony Davis.

Tiger Airways has won additional valuable traffic rights between Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City and will increase its flights weekly from its current four to six flights a week from October 2005.

Mr Davis said Cambodia was an exciting new destination because the country, famous for its Angkor Wat ancient temple complex, has a growing tourism industry. The Cambodian government has also supported investment in the country’s infrastructure development including the new airport and terminal facilities at Phnom Penh.
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Gulf Air increases flights between Istanbul and Bahrain
6 July 2005


Gulf Air has added a new flight between Istanbul and Bahrain each Tuesday, bringing to four, the number of flights a week from Istanbul to Bahrain. This is coupled with a summer savings promotion between June 28 and September 30, 2005, which offers credit vouchers for 30% discount in first and business class as well as selected economy fares which can be used on a subsequent journey or for excess baggage on Gulf Air flights.

“Gulf Air offers great timings, excellent connections and an exceptional service into the Gulf and on to the Indian Sub Continent, Far East and Australia,” said Vice President Sales and Marketing Danny Barranger.

Flights leave Istanbul on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at 14.55 arriving 18.45 and on Friday it departs 16.10 arriving 20.15.

“We are the region’s largest operator of Airbus A320s and we have just completed an upgrading programme of these medium range aircraft to reflect the new and bolder Gulf Air brand image that was introduced in 2003 and to provide even greater levels of passenger comfort,” said Barranger.

The A320s underwent a full refurbishment, which included exterior painting in the new livery and fully refitting of the interiors. The interior refurbishment includes new carpets, curtains, seat fabrics, pillows, bulkheads and seat belts, as well as facelifts to the lavatories and galleys.
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Finnair to launch direct flights between Edinburgh and Helsinki
6 July 2005


Finnair is to launch direct flights between Edinburgh and Helsinki in April 2006.

"The flight schedules between Edinburgh and Helsinki allow for excellent connections to Finnair's Asian flights. We are especially expecting a great number of connecting passengers to our Hong Kong and Guangzhou routes thanks to the historic commercial connections between Scotland and southern China," said Finnair VP Network Strategies and Management Petteri Kostermaa.

Finnair offers some of the shortest and fastest connections between Asia and Europe. In China, Finnair flies to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and starting September 2005, to Guangzhou. In addition, Finnair flies to Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka.

"We're delighted that Finnair has decided to launch a direct Edinburgh to Helsinki service, which is great news for Scotland's capital city and its growing international route network.This is an important new service, giving passengers from Edinburgh access to Finnair's extensive network of routes across Asia and I'm confident this new route will be popular among travellers from Scotland and Finland," says Richard Jeffrey, managing director, BAA Edinburgh Airport.

Finnair will operate the Edinburgh-Helsinki route with its modern Airbus A319 aircraft.
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Air-India increases Flights to South East Asia
7 July 2005


From today, Air-India is launching fourteen additional flights to make travel to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur from India more convenient.

Many of the new services will help provide direct non-stop connectivity to destinations in South East Asia from Mumbai and also connectivity between different countries in South East Asia. Seoul will be a new destination on Air-India's network.

Mumbai will now be connected with non-stop flights to Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. While capacity has been doubled on the India-Shanghai sector effective May 2005, flights to Osaka will increase from two to three.

Singapore

As per the new schedule, Air-India will now have 16 flights a week to and from Singapore, a destination it has served for over 50 years, with non-stop services from four Indian cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. While seven flights will link Chennai with Singapore, four flights will be operated from Delhi. Five services a week will be operated from Mumbai every week. Of these, three flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, will be non-stop and extended to connect to Jakarta. The other two flights will be routed via Hyderabad.

Kuala Lumpur

Air-India will also increase frequency of services to Kuala Lumpur. There will be 13 flights a week – seven from Chennai and three non-stop flights each from Mumbai and Delhi. The flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Kuala Lumpur will be operated with standardised timings on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Air-India will also continue to operate 18 code share flights per week with Malaysia Airlines, 13 on the Mumbai/Bangalore/Hyderabad-Kuala Lumpur sector, and 5 on the Kuala Lumpur-Los Angeles sector.

Hong Kong

Air-India will more than double its services to Hong Kong, from five to twelve. There will be five services from Mumbai to Hong Kong via Bangkok on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Seven additional flights will be operated to Hong Kong from Mumbai via Delhi, with three services extended to Osaka and four flights to Seoul. Thus, passengers will be able to travel by Air-India from Hong Kong to Bangkok, Osaka and Seoul.

With the introduction of the additional flights to Hong Kong, there will be flights departing from Mumbai every evening at 2025 hours. Passengers will also have the choice of taking an Air-India flight from Mumbai to Hong Kong in the mornings on five days of the week - Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Mumbai will also have the option of travelling by an afternoon flight on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Bangkok

Air-India will operate 11 flights a week to Bangkok from Mumbai, instead of six. Of these, five will be extended to Hong Kong and six flights will be operated to Bangkok from Mumbai via Delhi. Four of the Mumbai-Bangkok flights will proceed further to Shanghai and the other two to Tokyo, thus offering connectivity to Hong Kong, in addition to Shanghai and Tokyo, from Bangkok.

Seoul

Air-India is recommencing services to South Korea effective July 7, 2005 after a gap of almost six years. Four flights a week will be operated from Mumbai to Seoul via Delhi and Hong Kong with standardised timings on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Passengers travelling on these flights from Seoul will be able to, after spending the night in Mumbai, proceed to the West on Air-India's flights operating to UK/Europe/USA.

Traffic between India and South East Asia, particularly the leisure market, has been growing and is expected to continue to grow at around 9-10% per annum. Air-India had, however, not been able to take full advantage of the growth due to capacity constraints in the past. It is hoped that with the introduction of the new flights, made possible following the induction of two Airbus 310 aircraft taken on dry lease during June-July 2005, Air-India will be able to enhance its market share significantly.
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American Airlines to offer daily flights to Dallas

Service to and from Columbia is scheduled to begin Sept. 30

By NOELLE PHILLIPS

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It has been said there are two ways out of Columbia: Atlanta and Charlotte.

The paths are changing.

Now, travelers can fly directly from Columbia to 14 cities. And Dallas becomes the 15th option in September.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport said Friday that American Airlines will return after a nine-year absence. Three daily, nonstop flights between the cities will begin Sept. 30.

“This is important to Columbia in terms of economic development because people want to be able to jump from one city to another without going through Atlanta or Charlotte,” said Emerson Smith, who owns Metromark Market Research with offices in Columbia and Dallas.

Smith flies to Dallas at least once a month. He had been missing a nonstop connection to the Texas city since Delta dropped the route in January.

Now, Smith looks forward to catching a plane at 6:42 a.m. and walking into his Dallas office by 9 a.m. It is better than spending a whole day just getting there.

“I love Atlanta, but I’d rather not spend a lot of time in the Atlanta airport when I’m supposed to be in Dallas working,” he said.

The Columbia airport had been recruiting American for about a year, said Mike Flack, the airport’s executive director.

Columbia airport officials had wanted American to add service to Raleigh. But when Delta dropped its Columbia to Dallas connection, the airport began asking American for that route, Flack said.

Dallas is the fourth-most popular destination for Columbia travelers, Flack said.

“We’ve got a lot of people who want to use that service, and we’ve got a lot of people who are American frequent fliers,” Flack said.

Lisa Bailey, a spokeswoman with American Eagle, which is owned by American Airlines, would not confirm the announcement. She said press releases had not been authorized.

American Airlines dropped its Columbia service in 1996 after closing its hub in Nashville, Tenn., Flack said. Columbia was among 20 southeastern cities to lose service when the hub closed.

“It was not about Columbia,” Flack said. “In fact, they were doing well in Columbia.”
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KATHMANDU: The Indian tourist can hope to get further pampered while flying to Nepal with a new airline starting flights between Kathmandu and Indian metros this year-end.

Air Nepal International, which kicks off operations July 24, is waiting to launch flights to Bangalore and Mumbai in November. At present, only two national airlines, Indian Airlines and Royal Nepalese Airlines, run direct flights to the two cities from Kathmandu.

Air Nepal International received its licence from Nepalese authorities seven years ago but waited for the economic scenario in the kingdom to improve.

After obtaining the air operating certificate last year, it acquired a 245-seater Boeing 767 and will begin its first flights to four destinations - Doha, Dubai, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur July 24.

Initially, it will run three weekly flights to the first three cities, and two flights a week to Kuala Lumpur.

"By October we will complete the deal to buy our second aircraft, a Boeing 757, and by November we will be ready to start flights to India," Pradeep Pandey, chief executive officer of Air Nepal International, said.

The airline will later cover two more Indian cities, Kolkata and New Delhi.

Another Nepalese carrier - Cosmic Air - is beginning flights to Kolkata and Varanasi from Friday.

A third Nepalese airline - Air Shangrila - owned by a former minister Narayan Singh Pun, also holds the licence to start international flights. The airline is unlikely to be operational this year.

Pandey said Air Nepal International wouldn't start a price war:"If you pay NRS (Nepalese Rupee) 100 less, ultimately you cause suffering worth NRS 1,000. In the log run it affects sustainability and then reliability."

Cosmic Air, which went international this year, slashed prices heavily, dispensing with meals on board and offering a free ticket for every one purchased, causing its rivals to suffer.

Indian tourists account for 61 per cent of the market share of Nepal's tourism. This figure is up five percent from last year, says the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The number of visitors to Nepal by air increased by 1 per cent in June over last year.
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JetBlue to start flights from Newark airport
Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:10 AM ET


NEW YORK, July 12 (Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU.O: Quote, Profile, Research) plans to start flights to Florida from Newark's Liberty International Airport in October, with tickets starting at $69 each way, the discount carrier said on Tuesday.

The flights will be to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tampa and Fort Myers. JetBlue will also begin flights from Newark to San Juan, Puerto Rico in November, the airline said.
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Finnair to launch direct flights between Krakow and Helsinki in spring 2006
07.12.2005, 04:37 AM

HELSINKI (AFX) - Finnair Oyj said it will launch direct flights between Krakow and Helsinki in spring 2006 as part of its Asian expansion.

The new route continues the enforcement of our Asian strategy. Krakow is a very interesting destination not only for Europeans but passengers from Asia as well, said Finnair's spokesman.

Due to Finland's geographical location, Finnair said it has the shortest and fastest connections between Asia and Europe.

Finnair flies to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and starting September 2005, to Guangzhou.

In addition, the national carrier flies to Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka.
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