Missing American's family believe he will be found

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Package to India

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Low occupancy doesn't curb rush to build hotels

The world's top hotel operators have brushed aside global economic woes and China's stuttering growth rate as they vie with one another to build the biggest hotel networks on the mainland.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Choose your route: agent versus the net

With so many options available to travellers, is there really any need for travel agents anymore?

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Asian carriers scout for pilots

The aviation sector, particularly the group of carriers plying the Asian routes, was seriously affected by the 2003 Sars outbreak, but has now almost fully recovered. This is reflected in the fact that many airlines are increasing headcounts. One major airline in Hong Kong has said it will be hiring 300 pilots worldwide - double the number last year. Eighty of these jobs will be in Hong Kong.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Jetstar HK seeks operating licence

Jetstar Hong Kong, the budget airline set up by China Eastern Airlines and Australia's Jetstar, has sought regulatory approval for a licence to operate air services from Hong Kong, a senior China Eastern executive confirmed.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

FYI - round-up

Crystal Cruises makes HK a regular port of call

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Flight Centre marks opening with wine, travel tips ... and a fake captain

In celebration of the soft opening of Flight Centre's new office in Happy Valley, travellers were invited to come down to have their dream vacations planned by one of the centre's travel agents.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wealthy mainlanders don't travel afar

Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore are among the most popular destinations for wealthy mainland tourists, who remain less interested in Europe and North America, a survey shows.

China is expected to overtake Japan as the second-largest tourism market in 2013 - and to surpass the United States as the biggest travel market by 2025.

26 May 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

Cathay crew see red over turnaround 12-hour shifts

Many Cathay Pacific cabin crew are finding it difficult to cope with the increasing number of turnaround, overnight 'red-eye flights' that involve working up to 12 hours straight, according to the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cathay in cost-saving drive over fuel prices

Cathay Pacific Airways announced cost-saving measures - unpaid leave, a cut in capacity and a freeze on headcount - to cope with high oil prices, which it predicted would take a heavy toll on its business.

The high fuel prices and weakening demand in the passenger and cargo segments have been weighing on the airline's performance.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Macau threatens press freedom

Once again, a South China Morning Post photographer assigned to cover protests in Macau was denied entry to the city on Tuesday. The incident, the third of its kind in three years, is disturbing. It raises serious concerns over freedom of the press, which is guaranteed in the Basic Law of both Hong Kong and Macau. We demand the Macau authorities explain, rectify and apologise.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

In for the long stretch

Singapore Airline's new first-class bed, part of a drive by Asian airlines, including Cathay Pacific, to improve their hardware and continue to attract passengers willing to pay a premium to travel in greater comfort. Photo: Jean Leprini

Today's battle in the air is at the front end of the aircraft, as airlines upgrade their premium offers to sell more profitable seats, says Andrea Li.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Comfort at a price

As competition intensifies, airlines are constantly rolling out new products and services to woo passengers.

Cathay Pacific has introduced a premium economy class, a new seating class with 24 to 36 seats located between the business and economy sections, that offers better seating and services than ordinary economy class.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am