Asian air route updates: Gulf Air, Vietjet and more

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Gulf Air launchGulf Air starts flying to Sri Lanka

Where? Manama (Bahrain) to Colombo (Sri Lanka)
When? Five times a week, effective immediately
Who? Gulf Air
Why? Taking advantage of double-digit growth in Sri Lankan tourism industry
Anything else? A new international terminal will open at Colombo’s Bandaranaike Airport this year

Jetstar PacificChinese double for Jetstar Pacific

Where? Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Guangzhou (China)
When? Four times a week from both cities, effective immediately
Who? Jetstar Pacific
Why? Rising trade and tourism traffic between Asian neighbours
Anything else? Chinese arrivals to Vietnam have rebounded strongly following anti-Chinese protests in 2015

MacauNew low-cost link for Macau

Where? Taichung (Taiwan) to Macau
When? Daily, effective 29 March 2017
Who? Tigerair Taiwan
Why? Serving strong Taiwanese demand for travel to the world’s biggest gaming destination
Anything else? While arrivals to Macau from mainland China stagnated last year, visitation from Taiwan jumped 9%

VietjetVietjet adds second Singapore service

Where? Hanoi (Vietnam) to Singapore
When? Daily, effective 27 April 2017
Who? Vietjet Air
Why? LCC continues regional expansion strategy with route connecting key capital cities
Anything else? Vietjet also intends to link Singapore with Danang and Dalat in future
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