Patee Sarasin was the CEO of Thailand’s Nok Air from its launch in 2004 until late 2017. He was one of the founders behind Nok and NokScoot, a joint venture long haul low cost airline with Singapore Airlines subsidiary Scoot that launched in 2015. Mr Sarasin is now working to establish a new travel company that will not be an airline but will work closely with airlines. He plans to formally launch the new company in London in Jul-2018, at which time more details about the product and positioning will be announced. Mr Sarasin also gives his views on market conditions in Thailand’s highly competitive airline sector and the future for Nok and NokScoot.

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flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis, speaking on CAPA TV, said (Mar-2018) the airline expects to receive new aircraft in Mar-2018, Apr-2018 and May-2018, increasing its fleet to eight aircraft. Mr Korfiatis expects the airline to be operating 10 to 12 aircraft by the end of 2018 and add another eight to 10 in 2019. The carrier is undertaking an RFP process for 30 firm aircraft orders and 20 options, with the aim to make a decision by Jun-2018. [more - CAPA TV]

flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis, speaking on CAPA TV, said (Mar-2018) the airline's performance since it commenced operations is "well ahead of plan" in terms of load factor and yield. Mr Korfiatis reported "encouraging" demand for the carrier's new services, stating: "Clearly, low cost is popular" He commented: "We're very happy with the results of the company, and it's trekking better than what we expected up until this point". [more - CAPA TV]

CAAC reported (20-Mar-2018) the following traffic highlights for Jan-2018:

  • Passengers: 46.5 million, +5.7% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 41.5 million, +6.5%;
    • International: 4.9 million, -0.7%;
  • Passenger load factor: 80.8%, -2.6ppts;
  • Cargo: 639,000 tonnes, +12.7%;
    • Domestic: 446,000 tonnes, +8.7%;
      • Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan: 20,000 tonnes, +15.7%;
    • International: 193,000 tonnes, +23.0%. [more - original PR - Chinese]

Vancouver International Airport reported (02-Mar-2018) the following traffic highlights for Jan-2018:

  • Passengers: 1.9 million, +8.2% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 901,164, +7.0%;
    • International: 1.0 million, +9.3%;
      • Transborder: 483,991, +11.0%;
      • Asia Pacific: 367,115, +6.0%;
      • Europe: 75,613, +4.0%;
      • Others: 109,907, +17.6%;
  • Cargo: 23,805 tonnes, +6.9%;
  • Aircraft movements: 23,356, +3.9%.

According to the CAPA Airport Traffic Database, Jan-2018 marked the airport's 57th consecutive month of passenger growth. [more - original PR]

San Francisco International Airport reported (20-Mar-2018) the following traffic highlights for Jan-2018:

  • Passengers: 4.2 million, +7.5% year-on-year;
  • Cargo: 39,919 tonnes, +2.3%;
    • Mail: 6414 tonnes, +3.5%;
    • Freight: 33,505 tonnes, +2.1%;
      • Domestic: 11,268 tonnes, -5.9%;
      • International: 22,237 tonnes, +6.8%;
  • Aircraft movements: 37,629, +8.1%.

According to the CAPA Airport Traffic Database, Jan-2018 marked the airport's highest January passenger numbers since 2008. [more - original PR]

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