Asian air route updates: new flights from SilkAir, SpiceJet and more…

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TwayKorean LCC connects to Vietnamese coast

Where? Deagu (South Korea) to Danang (Vietnam)
When? Five times a week, effective immediately
Who? T’way Airlines
Why? Low-cost carrier taps the rising demand among Koreans for leisure holidays to Vietnam
Anything else? More than half a million Koreans travelled to Vietnam in the first quarter of 2017

SilkAirSilkAir touches down in Sri Lanka

Where? Singapore to Colombo (Sri Lanka)
When? Three times a week, effective immediately
Who? SilkAir
Why? Serving Sri Lanka’s rising levels of business and leisure traffic, whilst also expanding SilkAir’s regional network
Anything else? SilkAir’s parent company, Singapore Airlines, also operates flights to the Sri Lankan capital city

IndiGoIndiGo links key cities in India’s far north

Where? Amritsar to Jammu (both India)
When? Daily, effective 1 May 2017
Who? IndiGo
Why? Providing the first direct air link between two of the largest cities in India’s far north
Anything else? The closest major city to Amritsar is not actually in India – it’s Lahore, just 50km away across the border in Pakistan

SpiceJetSpiceJet adds new route to the Maldives

Where? Thiruvananthapuram (India) to Malé (Maldives)
When? Daily, effective 10 May 2017
Who? SpiceJet
Why? Trade between South India and nearby Maldives, plus rising Indian tourist demand
Anything else? This will be SpiceJet’s second connection between the Maldives and Kerala, following the existing Kochi service

Thai SmileThai Smile links major Southeast Asian gateways

Where? Bangkok (Thailand) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
When? Daily, effective 25 May 2017
Who? Thai Smile
Why? Thai Airways’ regional subsidiary continues to take over short-haul routes from its parent company
Anything else? Bangkok and KL were two of the most-visited cities in Asia last year, coming first and third respectively in the MasterCard Asia Pacific Destinations Index

JJJetstar Japan to fly to mainland China

Where? Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Shanghai Pudong (China)
When? Four times a week, effective 4 June 2017
Who? Jetstar Japan
Why? Japanese low-cost carrier continues to expand its regional route map with launch of first flights to mainland China
Anything else? Jetstar Japan’s rival, Peach, launched its own Tokyo-Shanghai service late last year, while Chinese budget airline Spring also connects the two cities

Lucky AirLucky Air spreads wings to Europe

Where? Kunming (China) to Moscow (Russia)
When? Twice a week, effective 12 June 2017
Who? Lucky Air
Why? HNA continues to expand long-haul network with new direct connection for Yunnan-based carrier
Anything else? This is just the start of Lucky’s long-haul ambitions; the airlines plans to fly Dreamliners to Europe and North America
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