Low-Cost Airlines

Qantas ditches BA in tie-up with Emirates on European flights

Qantas Airways will work with Emirates on European routes as it quits a 17-year partnership with British Airways in a bid to end losses on international operations.

Friday, 7 September, 2012, 10:55am

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Boutique Bangkok

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Joseph Lau Luen-hung has not been having the best of times recently: the owner of property investor and developer Chinese Estates Holdings is facing trial for bribery and money laundering in Macau, and could face more than a decade in jail.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Budget carriers ready to take off

While full-service airlines are cutting jobs or freezing headcounts amid global economic gloom, things are looking up for budget airlines.

Hong Kong Express Airways, which plans to transform itself into a budget airline by the end of the year, is planning to hire 400 flight attendants in the city.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Jetstar still to apply for HK licence

It has been over a month since the formation of Jetstar Hong Kong was announced, but those looking to fly cheap may have to wait a while as the budget carrier has yet to apply for the licence enabling it to operate here.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Nightmare for disabled on mainland airlines

Mainland airlines treat disabled passengers with industry-wide discrimination, according to state media.

Such passengers have been overcharged, denied boarding or physically assaulted during air travel, China Central Television said in a report yesterday.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New budget airline has no claim to home advantage

Australia's Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines have teamed up to launch a new budget airline for the region, Jetstar Hong Kong. The two are prepared to invest nearly US$100million each to pursue the fast-growing Asian market covering the mainland, Japan and South Korea, among other destinations.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Budget venture Jetstar facing bumpy take-off

Regulatory and licensing issues could cause significant headwinds for Jetstar Hong Kong, the low-cost airline being set up by Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines, even before it takes to the skies, aviation experts say.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Qantas and China Eastern to start HK budget airline

China Eastern Airlines and Qantas Airways are joining hands to build a budget carrier called Jetstar Hong Kong.

The joint venture comes at a time when airlines have been boosting the number of low-cost, long-haul flights across Asia to exploit the region's strong economic growth.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

AirAsia probed by Australian competition watchdog

AirAsia, the regional low-cost airline, is being investigated by a competition watchdog in Australia after it allegedly failed to properly display all-in ticket prices for flights on a raft of routes including services to Chinese cities including Macau. It faces fines that could run to millions of Australian dollars if convicted.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HK Express becomes budget airline

Hong Kong Express Airways is to transform itself into a no-frills airline, in a move that could threaten Cathay Pacific's lucrative regional routes.

The city's first low-cost carrier since Oasis Hong Kong Airlines went bust in 2008 is another sign that budget airlines are increasingly being seen as a threat to mainline carriers.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Singapore's new budget airline set to take off

Scoot, a brand new budget carrier wholly owned by Singapore Airlines, is set to take off in the middle of next year, jumping on the budget carrier boom in the region.

Campbell Wilson, who headed Singapore Airlines in Hong Kong before joining Scoot as chief executive, said the name of the new airline tried to convey spontaneity, movement and a touch of quirkiness.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Philippines traffic beats pre-hostage crisis high

Air traffic between Hong Kong and the Philippines has bounced back, surpassing the levels prior to the hostage tragedy in Manila a year ago as holidaymakers regain confidence.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Budget carrier says costs lower than rival firm's

Peach Airlines, a Kansai-based budget airline formed between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment Group, said it would operate at lower costs than rival low-cost carrier AirAsia Japan and aimed to become a dominant budget airline on mainland China routes in three to five years.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

HK first stop in budget airline's China quest

Manila-based budget airline Airphil Express launched its inaugural flight to Hong Kong from Cebu yesterday, its first scheduled service in the China market, where the company sees room for expansion.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am