AviationAsia to see more of Cebu; Penang to see more of AirAsia; Changi, SIA to see fewer masks.

Aviation Wrap: This week’s top aviation news

Cebu Pacific is adding more flight frequencies.
Cebu Pacific is adding more flight frequencies.

Cebu Pacific is on the move, stepping up flight frequencies to Asian destinations from its hubs in Manila and Cebu.

Flight frequencies on the Manila-Bali route will increase from three times weekly to five times weekly, starting 2 September. 

The Manila-Brunei service will resume on 1 September for the first time since March 2020. A twice-weekly service will be operated.

From 29 August, Cebu Pacific will fly daily from Manila to Bangkok, an upgrade from its current five-times-weekly frequency, while from Cebu, it will fly daily to Seoul from 9 September - and from 23 September the Manila-Nagoya route will be daily.

Masks away on SIA

Passengers flying on Singapore Airlines will no longer need to wear face masks on board.

Only passengers travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask on flights will need to wear one, said SIA.

Mask wearing has also become optional at Singapore's Changi Airport but passengers who still wish to wear a mask onboard or within the airport regardless of destination may continue to do so.

Singapore Airlines will still require passengers to wear a mask onboard flights to Spain and Germany, and between Milan and Barcelona. 

Saudia has launched light to Seoul.
Saudia has launched light to Seoul.

Saudi Arabian sets course for huge expansion

As airlines across the world struggle to gain height in the turbulence that has traced the pandemic, some are climbing faster than others.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), Middle East’s fastest growing airline, has invested significantly in upgrading its aircraft and currently operates a fleet of 144 aircraft across an extensive global route network covering around 100 destinations across four continents, including all 28 domestic airports in Saudi Arabia.

This month the national flag carrier launched its first direct flights between Riyadh and Seoul, further expanding its reach into Asia.

Saudi Arabian, under its Wings of Vision 2030 strategy, is aiming to build its route network to 250 destinations worldwide in support of the kingdom’s ambition to be a popular tourism destination 

Boosted by huge investments in hotels and attractions, Saudi Arabia received 62 million tourist visits this year, divided between 29.5 million international and 32.5 million domestic visitations, respectively, recent data from the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) showed.

The STA targets 55 million and 45 million international and domestic visitations, respectively by 2030.

Penang here we come

AirAsia is looking to increase operations at its Penang hub in Malaysia with a third aircraft on the route bringing capacity back to 80% of pre-Covid levels. The low-cost carrier expects to return to the pre-pandemic level in the first quarter of 2023.

AirAsia recently signed a contract of collaboration with Penang Global Tourism (PGT) to work together to bring tourism back to the state. The deal is expected to boost tourist numbers by offering better flight connectivity and attractive prices.

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