Bangkok hosts IATA meet

Bangkok hosts IATA meet

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will organise the IATA Ground Handling Conference in Bangkok during May 21-24 at the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld.

IATA is the trade association for the world’s airlines. It has 265 members comprising 83% of total air traffic.

The conference will have about 40 international speakers including Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who will deliver the opening speech. Seminar topics are segmented in three categories including “Business, Engagement and Development”, “Enhanced Operation” and “Innovation, Technology and Sustainability”.

There will also be the IGHC Innovator Competition, a new initiative that aims to promote new ideas in the ground operations world. Finalists of the contest will have an opportunity to introduce their idea, solution or product to the audience. The winner will be selected by the conference audience and will present his/her idea on stage to all delegates.

The IATA Ground Handling Conference will also have networking sessions and booths from exhibitors. Visit

Win a 5-day trip

KKday, the e-commerce travel platform from Taiwan, has launched KKvacay video competition to give away a five-day travel package for two to a popular Asian destination.

The company expects that the contest will further promote its service after launching the Thai-language e-travel website last month.

The contest is open for Thais to create a one-minute video of their own travel trip to any international destination. Each video clip needs to be uploaded to the KKday Thailand Facebook page and with hashtags #KKvacay and #KKdayth.

The last day for submitting the video is May 31. The winner will have a chance to travel to Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore or Taiwan, depending on their wish. The winners will be announced on the KKday Thailand Facebook Page in June.


Airlines update

Three airlines from the Middle East offer laptops and iPads for passengers to use for free on their services to the United States. The move is in response to the US Transportation Security Administration’s announcement to ban on all personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone from 10 specific airports before departing to the United States.

Qatar Airways offers complimentary laptops for business-class passengers to borrow at the gate while their laptop computers or other electronic items will be collected and returned to the customer on arrival in the United States. The airline also provides one hour of free Wi-Fi to all passengers.

Emirates, on the other hand, provides tablets for First- and Business-Class passengers to borrow without a service charge. The tablets are Microsoft Surface and are equipped with Microsoft Office 2016. Customers can save their work on to a USB to continue working while they are on board.

Meanwhile Etihad Airways offers complimentary iPads and Wi-Fi to premium-class passengers to use while aboard flights to the United States.

Lufthansa will operate an Airbus A380 daily between Bangkok and Frankfurt in October.

The jumbo aircraft will have 35% capacity increase from the existing Boeing 747-400. The airline’s Airbus A380 carries 509 passengers in total including eight First Class seats, 78 Business Class seats, 52 Premium Economy seats and 371 Economy seats.

Meanwhile the airline signed a code-share agreement with Cathay Pacific.

Under the agreement, Lufthansa Group will offer its services to four of Cathay Pacific’s most popular destinations including Auckland, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney. Cathay Pacific, on the other hand, will offer 14 new destinations in Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Norway, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.

Passengers can have a single booking and a check-through services between the two airlines.

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Hotels update

Dusit International has signed a management consultancy agreement with Sanguantas Development, the Bangkok-based property development company, to operate dusitD2 Chaengwattana.

The 23-storey hotel will comprise 200 rooms and suites, a rooftop restaurant and bar, a rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre and a large banqueting facility.

It will be located on Chaengwattana Road between soi 23 and 25 and within a short drive to CentralPlaza Chaengwattana, World Medical Center Hospital, the Government Complex and Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center (IMPACT).

The hotel is to be completed in 2020. Dusit International currently operates 29 properties in and outside Thailand. Another 51 projects will be open internationally within the next three years.

Thailand-based Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has opened its first hotel in Europe.

The Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort is located in southern Portugal on the Algarve coast. The property features 280 rooms and suites with space usage ranging from 40m² to 250m². Other facilities are meeting and event rooms with capacity for 950 people, restaurants and bars, four swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness centre, spa, and kids’ and teens’ clubs.

The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Faro International Airport and five-minute drive to Vilamoura’s marina, beach shops and nightlife.


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