Asian air route updates: China Eastern Airlines, Cebu Pacific and more

Luang PrabangChina Eastern launches new link to Laos

Where? Kunming (China) to Luang Prabang, pictured (Laos)
When? Four times a week, effective 2 March 2017
Who? China Eastern Airlines
Why? Expanding trade and tourism links between cross-border neighbours
Anything else? Kunming and Luang Prabang will soon be connected by a new railway line

CEB ATRCebu Pacific adds domestic routes from Mindanao

Where? Cagayan de Oro (Philippines) to Tagbilaran and Bacolod (Philippines)
When? Four times a week to Tagbilaran, effective 15 March 2017, and three times a week to Bacolod effective 16 March 2017
Who? Cebu Pacific
Why? Expanding connectivity between Northern Mindanao and Visayas regions
Anything else? The new routes will be operated using a brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft (pictured), which is expected to arrive in March

SpiceJetLCC SpiceJet expands in India’s Gujarat

Where? Delhi (India) to Surat (India)
When? Twice a day, effective 26 March 2017
Who? SpiceJet
Why? New connection to the populous Gujarati port city, labelled the “diamond capital of India”
Anything else? Having almost gone out of business in 2014, a resurgent SpiceJet recently placed a huge order for 205 Boeing aircraft

Sichuan AirlinesLandlocked Chongqing gets new tropical beach connection

Where? Chongqing (China) to Cebu (Philippines)
When? Four times a week, effective 27 March 2017
Who? Sichuan Airlines
Why? New tropical beach connections for Chinese tourists in landlocked Chongqing region
Anything else? One of two new Chongqing-Cebu flights launching in March, along with China West Air

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