FAA downgrades Malaysia to Category 2 after Air Safety Assessment

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet international safety standards as defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). They downgraded Malaysia to Category 2, which means Malaysian airlines like Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia or Malindo are banned from launching new flights to the US. Because international aviation … Continue reading

Bangkok again the most popular city in the world!

MasterCard has published their annual Global Destination Cities Index and named Bangkok the city with the most international overnight visitors world wide at 22.78M visitor arrivals. Paris is in second place, followed by London, Dubai and Singapore. But Dubai is the city with the highest visitor spend at an astonishing $30.8B! Find out the Top 20 and where all those … Continue reading

New Beijing Daxing International Airport is ready for business!

The new Bejing Daxing International Airport 50km South of the Chinese capital is ready to open this week. It will be the largest single airport terminal building in the world, capable of supporting at least 72 million passengers, utilizing 4 runways. The airport has been under construction since 2014 with 40,000 workers at the peak, costing an estimated $11.5 Billion. … Continue reading

New Manila International Airport in Bulacan approved!

The Philippine Department of Transportation has signed a contract with San Miguel Corporation, a local conglomerate, to build the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan for an estimated $14 Billion. It is expected to break ground later this year, with the first phase to open in 4-5 years. Future phases will bring 4 runways and accommodate up to 100 million … Continue reading

Thomas Cook collapses – what to do now?

Thomas Cook, the European travel company that started 178 years ago and pioneered package tours, has declared bankruptcy and ceased operations today. All flights, vacations and tours are cancelled. The UK government has launched a repatriation effort to bring home more than 150,000 Thomas Cook customers currently abroad on vacation and has chartered a fleet of planes to do so. Because … Continue reading

Manila’s NAIA Airport Expansion plans progressing

Manila’s NAIA airport is one of the most congested in Asia. It’s operating well beyond its design capacity of 30 million passengers, having served 45 million passengers in 2018! This is showing in crowded terminals and never-ending delays. Proposals for expansion have been discussed for years and it looks like there is finally some progress! … Continue reading

Cebu Pacific Airlines cancels 116 flights in May to improve operations

Cebu Pacific Airlines is cancelling 116 domestic flights between May 1-10, reflecting 58 round-trip flights mostly from its Manila hub. According to local paper “Inquirer” this is part of the “ongoing effort to improve on time performance and reduce inconvenience” for the low-cost carrier’s passengers. While this might cause inconvenience for passengers affected, I think it’s actually a step into … Continue reading