Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 22 Aug 2016

For week ending 19 August 2016.

In travel news last week, more China-based airlines announce new long-haul routes, Cathay & Dragonair announce enhanced baggage allowances for all cabins plus Wyndham hotels expand in South Korea.

All this and more in our weekly news round up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.

China’s Capital Airlines to fly to North America

Capital Airlines have announced they will commence services from the Mainland to North America on 30 December. Flights will run three times a week and will fly to Vancouver. Flights will depart from Hangzhou and travel via Qingdao, using a two class A330 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair announce increased baggage allowances

Effective from 15 September 2016, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will implement changes to their checked baggage policies. Passengers in all classes will enjoy an additional 10kg allowance for their check-in baggage. Both Cathay Pacific and Dragonair now offer a baggage allowance of up to 30kg for passengers in economy class. A weight system with piece restriction will also be introduced.

Scoot to fly to Athens

Budget airline Scoot has announced the launch its first European destination, Athens, from June 20 2017. The new service between Singapore and Athens marks its first long-haul flight between Asia and Europe, as well as the longest flight operated by a low-cost carrier (LCC) with flight distance exceeding 10,000km.The route will be serviced by new and spacious Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner’s fitted with eight crew bunks and 329 seats, including 18 in ScootBiz.

China Southern to launch first direct flight from Shenzhen to Jakarta

Commencing on 21 September 2016, China Southern will launch a new direct service to Jakarta, from Shenzhen. The new service will run three times a week, using single-aisle Airbus A320 aircraft. The route will become the first direct connection between Shenzhen and Jakarta.

Sichuan Airlines launches flights to Prague

The new direct service to the Czech Republic took off from Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport on Friday 12 August 2016. The scheduled flights will now run twice a week using a twin-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft. Prague becomes the airline’s second European destination, following Moscow.

Wyndham expands in South Korea

Wyndham Hotel Group continues to expand in South Korea, with its focus now shifting to the country’s secondary markets. Wyndham has opened two new Ramada hotels in Gangwon and Gunsan. Gangwon is South Korea’s northeastern-most province and will host the 2018 Winter Olympics, while Gunsan is a city in southwest Korea’s North Jeolla province. The 137-room Ramada Gunsan features a restaurant, spa and meeting space, including a ballroom. Ramada Gangwon Sokcho is located close to Daepo Port and offers 495 rooms, a restaurant, spa, fitness centre and a banqueting hall. The opening of these two hotels takes Wyndham’s portfolio in South Korea to 18 properties.