Asian air route updates: new flights from Garuda, KLM, AirAsia and more…

GarudaBali gets another Chinese connection

Where? Bali (Indonesia) to Chengdu (China)
When? Three times a week, effective 22 May 2017
Who? Garuda Indonesia
Why? Part of the Indonesian government’s effort to tap into the Chinese outbound tourism boom
Anything else? Mainland China recently overlook Australia as Bali’s largest visitor source market

Thai AirAsiaAirAsia expands domestic links from Ubon

Where? Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani (both Thailand)
When? Daily, effective 23 June 2017
Who? Thai AirAsia
Why? Further expanding connections from Ubon, which is becoming a key ASEAN city due to its location close to the Lao border
Anything else? Ubon Ratchathani province is home to the easternmost point in Thailand

PeachPeach goes international from Sendai

Where? Sendai (Japan) to Taipei (Taiwan)
When? Four times a week, effective 25 September 2017
Who? Peach
Why? Japanese low-cost carrier launches first international route from Sendai, its new Japanese base
Anything else? As well as Taipei, Peach is planning to launch a new domestic service connecting Sendai with Sapporo

KLMKLM to return to Mumbai

Where? Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Mumbai (India)
When? Three times a week, effective 29 October 2017
Who? KLM
Why? Increasing economic strength of India drives needs for more links with Europe. KLM’s new flights will complement those of its partner, Jet Airways
Anything else? KLM has not flown to Mumbai for 16 years; the airline suspended its previous service to the city in 2001

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