Corporate Traveller

Industry News - January

87 more flights from Asia

Airways New Zealand said there had been an 11 per cent increase in air traffic this summer compared to last year, and an 18 per cent rise on two years ago. International growth was largely driven by flights to and from Asia, with an additional 87 flights per week arriving from the region compared to a year ago.


Air NZ to fly into Toyko Haneda Airport

Air New Zealand has announced they will split their Tokyo services between the two airports from July next year, offering customers two points of entry into Japan's capital and largest city. Air New Zealand currently operates daily flights to Narita, increasing to 10 times a week over the peak months.


Emirates opens Melbourne Lounge

Emirates has opened a new lounge at Melbourne Airport for the airline's first class, business class and top-tier Skywards frequent flyers. It is located atop the escalators near Gate 10 on Level 3, with room for up to 241 passengers and sports a refreshed design, along with views across the airfield.


New properties for Ascott, Malaysia and China

Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya, Malaysia and Somerset Software Park Xiamen, China  NOW OPEN!! 

Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya is located just outside of Kuala Lumpur city centre, only a 20-minute drive from the heart of Kuala Lumpur in the middle of the commercial hub of Damansara Uptown in Petaling Jaya. Choose from 211 contemporary serviced apartments ranging from studios to two-bedroom units, and enjoy facilities such as the indoor and outdoor gymnasium, swimming pool and residents’ lounge.

Located in Xiamen, also known as Amoy, Somerset Software Park Xiamen, is the first internationally-branded serviced residence in the city. Xiamen is an oceanfront city in the southeastern China province of Fujian, overlooking the Taiwan Strait. Just an 18-minute drive from the airport, the serviced residence offers convenient access to the nearby Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center, Xiamen International Finance Centre, JFC Mall and high-end commercial and shopping district. Choose from 167 well-furnished studios to three-bedroom apartments, each offering a fully-equipped kitchen, sleek home entertainment system and high-speed wireless internet connectivity. 


Australian Border Process Overhaul

Australia’s international airports are facing a radical overhaul to meet the government’s goal of automating 90% of air traveller processing by 2020. Incoming paper passenger cards would be abolished and manned stations would be replaced by electronic stations and automatic triage. Passengers would be processed by biometric recognition of their faces, irises and/or fingerprints and not need to show their passports.