November 2013 Travel & Industry News

01 November 2013
China Southern A380s Sydney-bound

China Southern has introduced daily A380 services on its Guangzhou-Sydney route. The A380 replaces the A330-300 aircraft previously used on the CZ325/326 service between the two cities. The upgrade is the final part of the airline’s overhaul of its Australian services, which included introducing wide-body A330 aircraft on flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney earlier this year. China Southern is the fourth airline to fly A380s to Sydney Airport.

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Novotel Parramatta revamped

The Novotel Sydney Parramatta has completed a year-long multi-million dollar revamp. All 194 guestrooms and bathrooms as well as the hotel lobby have been refurbished.

Qantas trans-Tasman changes

Qantas has launched a new trans-Tasman schedule. Changes include the retiming of flights between Auckland and Wellington to Australia to improve onward connections on the domestic network as well as onward flights to Asia, the US and Europe. The airline has also moved the afternoon Christchurch-Sydney service to a 7.30am departure to improve international connections, reduce the overlap of Qantas and Emirates services and provide more convenience to travellers. Qantas has also amended flight numbers on its trans-Tasman routes.

Malaysia Airlines ups Perth

Malaysia Airlines is increasing frequency on its Perth–Kuala Lumpur route. The rise from 10 to 12 flights weekly is effective from 23 November this year.

More Melbourne Airport upgrades

Melbourne Airport’s ongoing transformation continues. The airport is about to embark on a $1 billion, two-year project that will see the creation of a new domestic terminal, more ground transport options and upgrades to the international terminal.

Qantas codeshare changes

Qantas has amended its codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines. This means that although Qantas will continue to codeshare with the airline on Australia to Ho Chi Minh City routes, frequent flyers can no longer redeem Qantas points to book award flights with Vietnam Airlines. Members can however still earn points on codeshare flights. Pricing and fare conditions have also changed.

JAL raises fuel levy

Japan Airlines plans to increase its international fuel surcharges. From 1 December, the fuel levy for flights between Australia and Japan will rise from US$259 to US$290.

Air NZ BNE kiosks

Air New Zealand has introduced 10 new self-service check-in kiosks at Brisbane International Airport. The kiosks can cut down check-in time to just two minutes. Checked baggage is then taken to at the bag drop zone and passengers can pass through security to the departure hall.

Toga long stay perks

Toga Hotels has updated its long stay benefits. Guests staying at Medina Serviced Apartments and Adina Apartment Hotels for 28 nights or longer will be entitled to a welcome gift, complimentary wi-fi, grocery request facilities and late checkout at 12pm. Other perks include a local area information pack, a waiver on special event surcharges and flexible cancellation terms.

New Travelodge for Sydney Airport

Toga Hotels plans to open a new Travelodge hotel close to Sydney Airport. The 209-room Travelodge Mascot will will open in late 2015. It is the brand’s second airport property in Australia, with the Travelodge Hobart Airport having opened in October this year.

Fairfield by Marriott’s India debut

Marriott International has opened its first Fairfield by Marriott Hotel brand in the Asia Pacifc Region. The new 148-room Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Rajajinagar boasts a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as three meeting rooms. Marriott has plans to open 12 more Fairfield-branded hotels across India, Indonesia and Nepal in the near future.

Free wi-fi at Rotorua Airport

New Zealand’s Rotorua Airport is now offering free wireless internet access. Travellers using both the domestic and international terminals can take advantage of this new service.