Asian air route updates, including connections to Krabi, Chongqing and Hiroshima

Malaysia Airlines to launch Chongqing route

Where? Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Chongqing (China)
When? Three times a week, effective 30 October 2017
Who? Malaysia Airlines
Why? Malaysia’s national carrier continues to tap demand for inbound traffic from mainland China’s major cities
Anything else? Chongqing is actually comprises of several amalgamated cities, including the districts of Fuling, Wanzhou and Qianjiang

Ural Airlines starts flying to Krabi

Where? Ekaterinburg (Russia) to Krabi (Thailand)
When? Three times a week, effective 30 October 2017
Who? Ural Airlines
Why? Creating a new link for Russian and Chinese travellers to access southern Thailand’s beaches
Anything else? The new route will operate via Beijing using an Airbus A320 aircraft

SilkAir to commence Hiroshima service

Where? Singapore to Hiroshima (Japan)
When? Three times a week, effective 30 October 2017
Who? Silkair
Why? Expanding trade and tourism ties between Singapore and Japan
Anything else? Singapore Airlines, SilkAir’s parent company, previously served Hiroshima (via Fukuoka) but suspended the route in 2003

Scoot develops Malaysian network

Where? Singapore to Kuantan (Malaysia)
When? Three times a week, effective 1 November 2017
Who? Scoot
Why? Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier expands short-haul network following its merger with Tigerair
Anything else? Kuantan was one of five new routes recently announced by Scoot, along with Honolulu, Kuching, Palembang and Harbin

AirAsia Philippines expands domestic network

Where? Manila to Iloilo (both Philippines)
When? Three times a week, effective 1 November 2017
Who? AirAsia Philippines
Why? Low-cost carrier continues to expand domestic network, adding flights to a city of approximately 500,000 people
Anything else? This will mark the first time any AirAsia subsidiary has flown to Iloilo

Jetstar Asia adds Clark connection

Where? Singapore to Clark (Philippines)
When? Three times a week, effective 28 November 2017
Who? Jetstar Asia
Why? Clark is located less than 100km from Manila, so this route creates another travel option between Singapore and the Philippine capital
Anything else? Following the launch, Jetstar Asia will provide more than 400,000 annual seats between the Philippines and Singapore

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