Asian air route updates from Thai AirAsia, Air Canada, Lao Airlines and more

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TAAAirAsia adds low-cost link to Danang

Where? Bangkok Don Mueang (Thailand) to Danang (Vietnam)
When? Daily, effective immediately
Who? Thai AirAsia
Why? Low-cost carrier expands intra-ASEAN connectivity with new route to Vietnam’s booming central coast region
Anything else?  Thai visitor arrivals to Vietnam jumped 24% in 2016

AC tailAir Canada launches new Taiwan service

Where? Vancouver (Canada) to Taipei (Taiwan)
When? Daily, effective immediately
Who? Air Canada
Why? Part of a major expansion of Air Canada’s operations, which will include 11 new routes in the space of a month
Anything else? The new route will be operated using Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

Lao AirlinesLao Airlines to start flying to Chongqing

Where? Vientiane (Laos) to Chongqing (China)
When? Twice a week, effective 28 June 2017
Who? Lao Airlines
Why? National carrier taps booming Chinese trade and tourism with new route to one of the world’s largest urban areas
Anything else? Chongqing is an amalgamation of three cities, which now make up its main districts: Fuling, Wanzhou and Qianjiang

MacauMacau gets new Beijing connection

Where? Beijing (China) to Macau
When? Four times a week, effective 25 July 2017
Who? Beijing Capital Airlines
Why? HNA’s fast-growing carrier caters for gamblers and other visitors to former Portuguese colony
Anything else? While it may be perceived as a popular route, Beijing-Macau is only currently served by one airline

TLAThai Lion Air expands Chiang Mai’s Chinese connections

Where? Chiang Mai (Thailand) to Guangzhou (China)
When? Four times a week, effective 16 July 2017
Who? Thai Lion Air
Why? Thai low-cost carrier continues to expand its operations from Chiang Mai, tapping strong demand from the Chinese market
Anything else? Thai Lion will become the 12th airline to fly direct to Chiang Mai from mainland China

KansaiKorean LCC taps Seoul-Osaka route

Where? Seoul Incheon (South Korea) to Osaka Kansai, pictured (Japan)
When? Daily, effective 12 September 2017
Who? Air Seoul
Why? Asiana Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary taps demand for high-volume short-haul route
Anything else? Seven airlines already operate this route, including six Korean carriers

HNAHainan Airlines connects Chongqing with New York

Where? Chongqing (China) to New York JFK (USA)
When? Twice a week, effective 20 October 2017
Who? Hainan Airlines
Why? Chinese carrier uses new fleet of fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners to expand trans-Pacific network
Anything else? This will become the first direct service between Chongqing and New York, which have a combined population of more than 40 million people
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