May 31 (TravelAndy): Indian authorities might soon allow Wi-Fi on airplanes. Reports said an announcement to this effect is likely to be made shortly.
“The department of telecommunication has already said (informally) the proposal is possible to implement,” The Times of India quoted an aviation official as saying.
At present, only foreign carriers such as Lufthansa, Emirates and Turkish Airlines offer Wi-Fi on international flights in Indian airspace. Continue reading Wi-Fi in Indian skies likely soon
May 30 (TravelAndy): Air Arabia has started accepting payments for bookings through Indian debit cards and netbanking services offered by Indian banks.
Indian travellers could already book tickets of the low-cost UAE-based air carrier using Indian credit cards
Air Arabia now allows payment through debit cards and online banking services from around 50 banks operating in India including State Bank of India, HDFC, ICICI, Citibank and Axis Bank. Continue reading Air Arabia woos Indian passengers
May 30 (TravelAndy): Everest Day was a low-key affair in Kathmandu on Friday, a little more than a month after the devastating April 25 earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation, reports said.
An avalanche triggered by the quake had destroyed the Everest base and killed 18 people.
New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay had climbed the 8,848-metre peak on May 29, 1953. Continue reading Nepal: Everest Day low-key after quake
May 28 (TravelAndy): India’s top court has agreed with the National Green Tribunal restrictions on tourist vehicles heading to the popular Rohtang la (pass) in Himahal Pradesh, a north Indian state nestled in the Himalayas, reports said.
Only a thousand vehicles can cross Rohtang each day, on a first-come first-serve basis, till August 14.
Petrol-run private vehicles will have to pay an environmental tax of INR1000, whereas diesel-run vehicles will have to shell out INR2000.
Protecting the environment is more important than tourism, the Supreme Court said. Continue reading India: Rohtang pass restrictions to stay
May 27 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways is offering 25 per cent off on all direct flights within India. The discount is valid for the economy class.
Booking is open from May 27 to May 30 for travel between June 15 to October 15.
According to the airline, one million seats are on offer and these are available on a first come, first serve basis. Continue reading Jet Airways: 25% off on domestic flights
May 26 (TravelAndy): Dragonair intends to start operations on the Hong Kong-Hiroshima route from August 16 and is currently awaiting government approval to that effect.
The Hong Kong-based airline plans to operate two flights a week on this route.
If the government green-lights the plan, Dragonair will become the first airline to fly on this route. Continue reading Dragonair eyes Hong Kong-Hiroshima route
May 25 (TravelAndy): The Myanmar government will allow development of tourism in Mergui, its southernmost archipelago, by the end of this year, reports said.
The Mergui archipelago includes 800 unspoiled islands in the Andaman sea.
“The region has a lot of potential to be a new tourism destination as most of the islands are untouched and have coral reefs,” reports quoted Sai Kyaw Ohn, deputy minister for hotels and tourism, as saying. Continue reading Myanmar: Stage set for tourism in Mergui
May 24 (TravelAndy): A taxi strike in the popular hill station Manali in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is diverting tourists to another hill station in the same state — Shimla.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times newspaper, Shimla Hoteliers and Restaurant Association president Harnam Kukreja said the rush to Shimla and its nearby places had increased because many tourists had been forced to change their plans of going to Manali. Continue reading Manali strike boon for Shimla
May 23 (TravelAndy): Indian tourists entering UAE through airports will now be able to get multiple-entry visas, a report in The Times of India said.
This non-extendable multiple-entry visa allows a tourist to visit Dubai and any other place in UAE more than once in a period of 90 days. Continue reading UAE nod to multiple-entry visa for Indians
May 22 (TravelAndy): Singapore-based low cost airline Scoot will operate six flights every week to Osaka from July 8.
“Osaka has long been on our radar and we’re excited to add it to our network,” Scoot’s CEO, Campbell Wilson was quoted as saying in a report. Scoot already flies to Tokyo and Kyoto.
Of the six weekly flights, three will fly via Bangkok and the rest via Kaohsiung,Taiwan. Continue reading Scoot to Osaka from Singapore
May 21 (TravelAndy): Low cost airline Air Asia began operations from New Delhi on Thursday.
New Delhi will be the airline’s base in the North Indian market. The carrier will now fly from New Delhi to Bengaluru, Guwahati and Goa.
“We are very excited to step into Delhi. We hope to enable more people to experience air travel in India,” a report quoted AirAsia India chief executive Mittu Chandilya as saying. Continue reading Air Asia starts flights from Delhi
May 21 (TravelAndy): Low-cost carrier Air Asia will start operating on the Johor Bahru to Bangkok route from July 17.
Booking opened for the new route on May 18 and for bookings made till May 24, the airline is offering all-inclusive fares from MYR69 for travel between July 17 and May 31, 2016, Air Asia said in a statement.
The four-times-a-week will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6.55pm and land in Bangkok at 8.45pm. Continue reading Air Asia’s new Johor Bahru-Bangkok flight