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MARCH 2021

Week 9

Orient Aviation Daily Digest March 3, 2021

By Jordan Chong



Air Cargo remains bulwark of revenue for Asia's carriers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said passenger demand, measured by revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), fell 72% year-on-year in January, from the 69% decline recorded in December, as new virus variants prompted an infection surge that resulted in tighter travel restrictions. Read More »



THAI’s rescue plan to reduce airline group’s workforce by 50%

Thai Airways International (THAI) said yesterday its rehabilitation plan had been submitted to the official receiver. Read More »



India announces “in-principle” approval for 21 new airports

India's Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, said on Twitter yesterday the government had granted "in-principle" approval for the development of 21 green field airports across the country. Read More »



Cebu Pacific makes free ticket changes permanent policy

Philippines (LCC), Cebu Pacific Air (CEBU), said yesterday it had permanently removed change fees for all tickets to provide flexibility for passengers and restore confidence in air travel. Read More »



Japan Airlines to operate autonomous towing tractors at Narita Airport

Japan Airlines (JAL) will ultilise autonomous towing tractors to transport checked-in baggage at Tokyo Narita Airport following a successful pilot program. Read More »



Australia extends international travel ban to June due to “highly transmissible variants”

The Australian government yesterday extended the country's international travel ban, known locally as the human biosecurity emergency period, for another three months to June 17. Read More »