AirAsia shuts Japan operations amid coronavirus pandemic with immediate effect

Malaysia’s AirAsia Group subsidiary airline, AirAsia Japan, has ceased its operations following losses amid coronavirus pandemic. The group reported that it flew 98% fewer passengers in April-June. In a statement, Jun Aida, Representative Director and COO of AirAsia Japan said: “Despite our unrelenting efforts to sustain operations through successive and wide-ranging cost reduction initiatives, we…

Pakistan International Airlines sacks 54 more employees over fake degrees and other practices

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has sacked 54 more employees over fake degrees, bribery, smuggling and indulging in narcotics, theft of government record along with poor performance. According to the Dwan newspaper, seven of these 54 employees were sacked for tampered documents, eight for unauthorized absence, four for immoral acts, two for involvement in bribery, another…

Emirates to return to Budapest, Bologna, Dusseldorf, Hamburg & Lyon, expanding its global network to 99 destinations

Emirates is expanding its global network to 99 destinations including 31 cities in Europe. Emirates has announced it will resume flights to Budapest (from 21 October), Bologna (1st November), Dusseldorf (1st November), Hamburg (1st November) and Lyon (4th November), expanding its European network to 31 destinations. The addition of these five destinations takes Emirates’ global…

Qatar Airways to resume the world’s second longest flight using a Boeing 777-200LR

Qatar Airways is extending its Doha-Brisbane-Auckland flights through March 2021, before resuming the direct Doha-Auckland service. With 14,535km and almost 18 hours from gate to gate, the Doha-Auckland route is the world’s second-longest flight. Due to the broad impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel, as well as various government and border restrictions, Qatar…