Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced (18-Sep-2020) the following staged approach to inbound returning traveller increases across select states, key details include:
- New South Wales: "To take an additional 500" by 27-Sep-2020;
- Western Australia: Increase arrivals by 200 per week from 27-Sep-2020, scheduled to increase to 500 extra by 11-Oct-2020;
- Queensland: Increase arrivals by 200 per week from 27-Sep-2020, with arrivals scheduled to increase "to that full 500 extra" by 04-Oct-2020. [more - original PR]
India's Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), via its official website, announced (21-Sep-2020) India established an air travel bubble with Bhutan and "Indian and Bhutanese carriers are now permitted to operate services between India and Bhutan". According to MoCA, India also has air transport bubble agreements with Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, the Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, the UAE, the UK and the US.
CAAC reported (21-Sep-2020) the following traffic highlights for Chinese airlines for Jul-2020:
- Passengers: 39.1 million, -34.1% year-on-year;
- Passenger load factor: 74.8%, -8.8pp;
- Cargo: 552,000 tonnes, -10.4%;
Nepal Airlines, via its official Twitter account, announced (21-Sep-2020) it resumed scheduled domestic services on 21-Sep-2020, following a temporary suspension since 24-Mar-2020 due to coronavirus related travel restrictions (My Republica/The Himalayan Times, 21-Sep-2020). The airline plans to operate the following domestic services from Sep-2020:
- Kathmandu-Rukum: Twice weekly;
- Kathmandu-Bhojpur: Three times weekly;
- Kathmandu-Dang: Three times weekly;
- Kathmandu-Phaplu: Twice weekly;
- Kathmandu-Khotang: Weekly;
- Kathmandu-Taplejung: Twice weekly;
- Kathmandu-Khanidanda: Twice weekly;
- Nepalganj-Rukum: Twice weekly;
- Nepalganj-Jumla: Weekly;
Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced (19-Sep-2020) it has "stepped up" processing capabilities to address system backlogs and has so far refunded around 80% of PHP15.9 billion (USD328.2 million) in COVID related refund requests. The carrier added it has canceled over 60,000 flights since Mar-2020, affecting over 1.3 million passengers. PAL has since restored approximately 15% of its domestic and global network and intends to increase frequencies and add more services when travel restrictions ease. [more - original PR]
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