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Old March 20th, 2005, 03:39 AM   #801
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Muahaha.....there should be lah... Is Tiger the only airline flying there, btw?
Nope Asiana flies regularly from Incheon. I'm not so sure about the frequency, though. Air asia is going to commence daily flights from KLIA and Kota Kinabalu in april, too. I haven't seen press about it, but the Air Asia site is already selling tickets for the two routes for as low as PHP1900, or USD$38. Too bad I'm going to Italy for my vacation in three weeks or so. I'd love to hop around!
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Copenhagen Airports forced back to drawing board on changes to charges
18 March 2005

COPENHAGEN (AFX) - Copenhagen Airports AS has been forced to go back to the drawing board over proposed changes to its charging structure aimed at attracting no-frills carriers like Ryanair Holdings PLC, according to a report in daily Boersen citing airline sources.

The airport operator had been proposing the removal of a discount on the charge for transit passengers in order to fund a 15 pct general reduction in charges.

The plan has been vetoed by transport minister Flemming Hansen following protests from SAS AB, which routes many Scandinavian passengers to Copenhagen, where they change to overseas destinations.

The airline sends 10 mln passengers a year to or through Copenhagen's Kastrup airport and removing the transit passenger discount would have cost SAS about 100 mln dkr a year in extra charges.

Earlier this week, Ryanair was reported as showing renewed interest in adding Copenhagen's Kastrup airport to its destination list.

The Irish carrier currently uses Malmoe's Sturup airport for customers in eastern Denmark because of the Swedish airport's charges structure.

The discount airlines have complained about the level of charges at Copenhagen, which are the highest in Scandinavia, Boersen said.

Copenhagen Airports must now start its negotiations with the airlines again. A new agreement is needed by the end of this year, when the existing one expires.
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Haaa....I have never figured that an airline like Asiana will be the one flying that route! Where can I find more details about this airport...I hope it has a website?
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Asiana ties up with SeAir, I think. The plane lands in clark, and then the passengers are immediately ferried onto different smaller planes that will take them directly to their beach. This kind of transfer is much more of a hassle in Manila

They don't have a website... and the best place to learn about the airport is right here in SSC well, there are some sites dedicated to Clark airbase, but as for Diosdado Macapagal International Airport per se, if you find anything, let me know

EDIT: I almost forgot about http://www.clark.com.ph its a pretty lame site, but its better than nothing
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Business Times - 22 Mar 2005

Valuair plans public listing in 2 years

SINGAPORE - Valuair Ltd, a Singapore-based budget airline, is aiming for a public listing in two years as it seeks more funds for expansion, the airline's chief executive said on Tuesday.

'We hope to go for an initial public offer around 2007-2008, when we will have a track record of three years,' Sim Kay Wee told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview. He said the airline is on track to break even by March 2006.

The funds raised will help Valuair expand its fleet and fly to destinations further away, he said. The airline currently flies twice daily to Bangkok and Hong Kong and once daily to Jakarta and Perth in Australia.

Valuair, which started commercial flights in May 2004, was among three budget or low-cost airlines that started in Singapore last year to wrest a share of the economy travel market from full-service airlines such as Singapore Airlines.

Valuair faces tough competition from Singapore Airlines affiliate Tiger Airways and Qantas Airways affiliate Jetstar Asia, both of which are based in Singapore, and Malaysia's AirAsia, which flies to Singapore via Bangkok.

Apart from AirAsia, which listed in October 2004, most of the region's budget airlines are unlisted.

Valuair intends to add another two longer-range Airbus A330 or A340 aircraft and two A320s to its current fleet of four A320 aircraft.

'The longer-range aircraft will give us a 7-8 hour flying radius, and places within that range are eastern Australia, northern China, Japan, northern India, Pakistan and the Middle East,' Mr Sim said. 'We expect to introduce flights to eastern Australia, Japan and hopefully, northern China by October or November.'

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Tiger Airways flies to Padang

BUDGET carrier Tiger Airways will fly to the Indonesian city of Padang come May and has asked for landing rights in both Jakarta and Medan too, its spokesman said yesterday.

Tiger Airways applied to fly to Jakarta and Medan late last year, even before Indonesia said it was seeking to impose restrictions on budget carriers from Singapore flying to Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Denpasar earlier this month.

The issue surfaced when aviation authorities from the two countries were asked to comment on the delay faced by Indonesian budget airline Awair in getting the approval to fly to Singapore.

The spokesman said Tiger Airways is the first budget carrier to get landing rights to Padang, but the airline has heard no news about its quest to fly to the other two cities.

Meanwhile, its initial thrice-weekly flights to Padang, capital of West Sumatra, will start on May 19, with tickets on sale from today.

Prices start at just $4.98 for a one-way trip, excluding taxes and charges, and bookings can be made from its website at www.tigerairways.com

Its CEO Tony Davis said: 'We have the ability, we have the planes, we have potential customers all ready to experience what would be one of the lowest, if not the lowest fare, offered by any airline to Indonesia.'

The airline is now recruiting both pilots and cabin crew in Singapore.

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Ryanair loses crucial EU dismissal case
Stephen Castle in Brussels
23 March 2005
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THREE FORMER employees of Ryanair won a key legal battle against the company yesterday when a court in Belgium ruled that their dismissal two years ago broke Belgian labour laws.

The ruling, which could have implications for a host of companies, is a blow to the no-frills airline operator, which claimed that the three staff members had been employed under Irish contracts. But the airline failed to convince the court with their argument that the sacking, two years ago, was legal because it accorded to Ireland"s labour laws.

The verdict from a court in Charleroi coincided with the start of an EU summit in Brussels at which a piece of proposed legislation on cross- border employment conditions was centre stage.

The airline immediately announced plans to appeal. Its director of personnel director, Eddie Wilson, said: "These three former employees were let go at the end of their probation period in accordance with their contract of employment. Ryanair will launch an appeal to this decision to uphold our contracts of employment."

Though transport would be exempt from the planned new EU law designed to free up the market in services, the case highlights the extent to which labour law differs across Europe.

Under Irish law, the company argued it was within its rights to let the three cabin staff employees go after they served a one-year trial period. Lawyers for the employees claimed that under Belgian law the trial period for workers is only six months, after which they have full job protection.

Ryanair pointed out that the three signed contracts drawn up in Dublin and worked on planes that are registered in Ireland. However, the judge found that the workers were based at the company"s hub in Charleroi and therefore were entitled to the protection offered under Belgian law. Ryanair has one month to lodge an appeal.
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easyJet plans to show all-inclusive fares online
24 March 2005
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British low-cost airline easyJet has announced that in the future it will quote fares online that include taxes and charges.

From early summer 2005, when the carrier has completed an upgrade of its software systems, easyJet's web bookings will show the complete fare payable, including government tax, airport tax, insurance, security and other charges, reports The Times.

At the moment the complete fare is only shown in the last stages of making a booking.

All-inclusive fares already have to be quoted in newspaper, television and outdoor advertising, and the move to adopt the same transparency for online bookings has been welcomed by the Air Transport Users' Council.
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Ryanair Loses in Belgian Court on Labor Issue
23 March 2005
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BRUSSELS -- Ryanair lost a Belgian court case that may have wider implications for the European Union as it battles over labor rights for cross-border workers.

A court in Charleroi, Belgium, on Monday ruled in favor of three Belgian employees who claimed their 2002 dismissal by the Irish no-frills airline was an infringement of Belgian labor laws. Ryanair claimed the three employees were hired on Irish contracts and their firing was legal under Irish law.

Ryanair, based in Dublin, said yesterday that it would appeal the ruling.

"These three former employees were let go at the end of their probation period in accordance with their contract of employment," said Eddie Wilson, Ryanair's director of personnel.

The verdict came on the eve of an EU summit in Brussels where the question of cross-border workers' rights looms.

At that meeting -- set to open late yesterday in Brussels -- France and Germany are expected to resist a plan designed to make it easier for companies to operate across borders by allowing them to apply the regulations of their home countries. Opponents of the plan say it will allow companies from countries with low taxes and weaker social-protection rules to undercut rivals in other EU nations with higher taxes and more stringent labor laws.

The new proposal excludes the transport sector, which is covered by other EU legislation, but the Ryanair case reveals some of the conundrums facing companies and workers in an increasingly open European economy.

Under Irish law, the company said it was within its rights to let the three cabin staff employees go after they served a one-year trial period. Lawyers for the employees claimed that under Belgian law the trial period for workers is six months, after which they have full job protection.

Ryanair said that the three cabin staff signed contracts drawn up in Dublin and worked on planes that are registered in Ireland. However, the judge found that the workers were based at the company's hub in Charleroi and were entitled to the protection offered under Belgian law, and to other benefits such as holiday and overtime payments that weren't given under Irish legislation.
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Business Times - 25 Mar 2005

Jakarta move on budget airlines hurts industry: analysts

By VEN SREENIVASAN

INDONESIA'S decision to bar low-cost foreign airlines from flying into its key cities is as much a blow for Asean aviation integration as it is for the airlines themselves, analysts say.

In a move which surprised the market, Indonesia this week said it was closing its skies to foreign budget carriers flying into Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Denpasar (Bali), Jogjakarta and Semarang. Together, these six cities account for over 80 per cent of overseas inbound travel to the archipelago.

Indonesian Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa said the move would protect domestic players, led by national airline Garuda, which was suffering dismal loads on services to some of these cities.

The move is not retroactive, meaning that existing operators can continue to fly into their respective Indonesian destinations. Currently, Valuair flies to Jakarta while Tiger Airways has just announced services to Padang.

But it is a major blow for others, including Qantas's Singapore-based associate Jetstar Asia, which had applied to fly to Surabaya and Jakarta.

Analysts expressed surprise at the Indonesian move. 'This is a bolt from out of the blue,' said Shukor Yusof. 'It's difficult to understand the motive.'

But others were less generous, pointing out that the Indonesians were out of step with the region.

'The Indonesians do not seem to be in tune with the rest of the region, which is moving towards free skies,' said one industry observer who declined to be named. 'Even China and India are opening up their skies.'

Come 2008, Asean nations will be opening their capital cities to unlimited access to carriers from other member states.

By 2015, it is envisaged that Asean will have full open and free skies, allowing carriers from the 10 member countries to fly to any destination within the region without restrictions.

Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand have started moving in this direction.

While Singapore and Thailand have a free skies agreement, Malaysia and Singapore took steps towards more co-operation last month with an agreement between their national carriers to code-share, spread loads, cut costs and boost traffic.

Industry insiders also wonder how the Indonesians expect to protect their domestic carriers, including flag carrier Garuda, by keeping out only the low-cost carriers (LCCs).

'Whether or not there are LCCs, Garuda and the other domestic players there already face plenty of competition from other established players around the region,' said the airline official.

'At the end of the day, it is their tourism and travel industry, as well as their people who will end up subsidising their loss-making domestic carriers,' the official added.

Garuda, whose fleet of 67 aircraft flies to 54 domestic and international destinations, has been facing mounting competition from budget airlines and soaring fuel prices ahead of plans for an initial public offering in 2007.

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that effectively shields AWAIR from dangerous competition....
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Business Times - 25 Mar 2005

Tiger Airways launches service to gambling enclave of Macau

HONG KONG - Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways on Friday launched flights between the Republic and the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.

Tiger Airways, a unit of Singapore Airlines, said it will fly five times a week between Singapore and Macau, a former Portuguese colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1999.

"Tiger Airways is excited to add Macau as our new destination," said Tony Davis, the airline's chief executive. "Given we are the only service between the two vibrant cities, we hope to play our part in boosting the economy and tourism locally."

Macau is 60 kilometres west of Hong Kong and attracts thousands of Hong Kong and Chinese gamblers who have no casinos at home.

Mr Davis said in a statement that the airline will further expand its service in the region in the next two months. It will launch flights to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and Manila, the Philippines' capital, in April and to Indonesia's Padang city in May.

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O'Leary to fight airport terminal plan
Mark Brennock
21 March 2005
Irish Times

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary last night said he would oppose a planning application for a second terminal at Dublin Airport and use any other legal options open to him unless the new facility was built by the private sector.

Mr O'Leary said yesterday that reports that the Government will shortly agree to allow the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) build the second terminal suggested that "a typical Bertie fudge" was on the cards.

He claimed this showed the Taoiseach was unwilling "to upset his friends in the unions" and that "the Siptu tail is wagging the Bertie dog".

Minister for Transport Martin Cullen is expected to update ministers tomorrow on an aviation policy package he is preparing. After a series of meetings with unions and other interests over the past fortnight, Mr Cullen is expected to propose the sale of a majority stake in Aer Lingus, with the building of a second terminal by the DAA. A final decision is not expected tomorrow, however.

Mr O'Leary has campaigned for a private-sector terminal to be set up in competition with the existing terminal, claiming the DAA presides over an uncompetitive State monopoly. He said yesterday that Ryanair would oppose a new DAA terminal "at the planning stage and in the courts", although he did not yet know precisely what legal grounds were available. "We may take it to Brussels on a competition basis," he said.

He told The Irish Times last night that Ryanair would continue to campaign to have a private-sector terminal built. "We don't want to own or build a terminal: we just don't want the Dublin Airport Authority and Siptu to own and build a terminal," he said.

In a reference to the repeated criticisms of Dublin Airport's facilities, he said: "Another terminal provided by the people who brought us the Black Hole of Calcutta is not competition: it's still the Black Hole of Calcutta."

Fine Gael has described as "long overdue" the news that the Cabinet may tomorrow discuss plans to sell a majority stake in Aer Lingus. However, Labour said the case for privatisation of a healthy State company had not been made, but it welcomed reports that the second terminal would be built by the DAA.

Fine Gael spokesman Brian Hayes said consumers had lost out from years of Government procrastination over Aer Lingus.
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Haha,....Macau went from SIA to Silkair to Tiger Airways.

Seems like Padang is experiencing the same fate...albeit its from Silkair to Tiger.
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easyJet pledges no hidden costs as watchdog attacks misleading prices
Charles Starmer-Smith
26 March 2005
The Daily Telegraph

The no-frills airline EasyJet has promised that any prices it quotes from early summer will include all taxes, fees and charges. The pledge follows criticism this week from a passengers' watchdog that charges being added to headline fares varied wildly from airline to airline. "The misleading adverts for 99p flights or free flights just don't work any more," an EasyJet spokeswoman said. "The British public are not stupid. Their decision is based on the final total, not the price exclusive of all taxes, charges and fees.

To date we have always been committed to publishing fares that exclude only the Government's imposed air passenger duty. Now we will go a stage further."

A report from the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) showed that although headline figures have fallen, making fares appear more attractive, the total fare has in many cases remained the same because of a steady increase in charges and fees quoted on airline websites. Moreover, the charges vary greatly.

For example, on a London-Amsterdam flight, the AUC found that British Airways' charges totalled pounds 41 and EasyJet's pounds 10. "There is a danger that taxes, fees and charges might spiral out of control as airlines separate out more and more of their costs in order to seek a competitive advantage," the report said. It added that EasyJet was alone in consistently lowering the proportion of charges that made up its total prices, while Ryanair, BA and Virgin Atlantic continued to quote high charges separately from the fare.

For example, anyone booking a return flight from London Gatwick to Geneva in April (April 27-May 2) will have to pay pounds 33.90 in charges on BA and only pounds 14 on EasyJet. On a return from Stansted to Valencia (April 26-30) Ryanair charges pounds 22.14 -- accounting for more than half the fare - and EasyJet charges pounds 9.50.

Ryanair dismissed the AUC report as "irrelevant". "Regardless of whether EasyJet chooses to quote all-inclusive fares on its website, its fares will always be more expensive than Ryanair's," a spokeswoman said. "Last year we carried 27.5 million passengers, none of whom complained of our web fares being inclusive or exclusive."

BA and Virgin have announced another increase in fuel surcharges. From Monday, passengers booking a long-haul return flight with either airline will now have to pay pounds 32 on top of all other taxes and fees. On short-haul flights, BA's fuel surcharge is rising from pounds 8 to pounds 12 return. The increase -- the second in six months -- follows a new peak in crude-oil prices of pounds 57 a barrel, a rise of almost 30 per cent this year. Passengers booking a return flight with BA from London Heathrow to New York now have to pay pounds 83.50 in taxes. Ryanair and EasyJet say they will continue to absorb the rising cost of fuel rather than pass it on to passengers.
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Tiger claws into airline game

March 26, 2005

Macau is about as far north as Singapore startup Tiger Airways will go.

Hong Kong International Airport is so congested that it is tough for the Singapore Airlines affiliate to acquire suitable landing slots, Tiger chief executive Tony Davis, said. And landing fees are high, a serious hurdle for a budget carrier like Tiger.

Entering the Hong Kong market directly would put Tiger up against ``numerous other airlines, including some of the best full-service airlines in the world, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific. If we had gone into Hong Kong, we would have struggled to grow or operate because the airport is so busy,'' Davis said.

He also ruled out serving Shanghai. The distance from Singapore was too great to ensure high utilisation of its new Airbus A320 planes. Keeping planes in the air is a cornerstone of any low-cost airline's strategy.

His comments came at a ceremony Friday marking the airline's inaugural Singapore-Macau flight.

Asked whether Macau airport gave Tiger a special deal on landing fees and other charges, Davis said, ``It's fair to say the airport charges offered by Macau airport are rather more attractive than other airports in the region.''


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easyJet targets BA customers
By Robin Pagnamenta
27 March 2005
The Express on Sunday

EASYJET chief executive Ray Webster says he plans to boost the airline's share of UK business air travel by 50 per cent.

Webster claimed that easyJet had a 14 per cent share of the UK corporate market, a sector still dominated by traditional carriers, especially British Airways.

However, Webster said a 20 per cent share was realistic and achievable "in the medium term".

EasyJet has struck a deal with travel management company Business Travel International (BTI) to make it easier for business travel agents to book w ith easyJet.

The no-frills operator has also introduced selfcheck-in kiosks and relaxed its hand baggage w eight limits.

EasyJet has expanded its Berlin hub operation in recent months. Webster said the airline would be hoping to exploit its routes to the new EU countries and possibly starting flights to Moscow.
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27 March 2005

Tiger Airways offers $9.98 promotional fares to 10 destinations
By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : It looks like there has never been a better time to travel.

Hot on the heels of multiple special offers at travel fairs and leading airlines, budget carrier Tiger Airways has upped the ante.

It is offering rock bottom fares of $9.98 one-way to all the 10 cities it is flying to.

From places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket to new destinations like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Macau and Manila.

The offer is to celebrate the completion of its first phase network expansion.

Bookings have to be made online from Monday to Friday.

The special offers are only for mid-week travel from Mondays to Thursday and the travel period is from July to October.

Meanwhile, competitor Jetstar Asia announced it will start flying daily to Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport from next month.

Tiger flies to Clark Airport in Manila.

Introductory fares start at $99 one way, after which fares will start from $129. - CNA

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UK firm wins €8m contract from airline
23 March 2005
Irish Times

Ryanair awarded an €8 million telecommunications contract for the management of its European network operations to the British firm Cable & Wireless yesterday.

Cable & Wireless will upgrade and manage Ryanair's internal and external communications networks and introduce a range of technologies such as voice over internet protocol (VoIP).

VoIP technology enables people to make telephone calls over internet networks rather than traditional phone networks, dramatically cutting call costs.

The new service introduced by Cable & Wireless will enable Ryanair personnel to make calls using a "soft phone" on their laptop when working from any of the company's European offices.
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Old March 30th, 2005, 12:50 AM   #820
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Aiyah such fares are getting boring liao. I am only interested if they LAST.
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