Sayonara, AirAsia

Last August, Asia’s largest low-cost carrier, AirAsia, launched AirAsia Japan, its subsidiary with All Nippon Airways (ANA), to operate cheap flights from Tokyo to domestic destinations in Japan. Having reported a loss, though, ANA decided to buy out all of AirAsia’s stakes and dissolve AirAsia Japan in October. The as-yet-unnamed new low-cost airline will re-launch in December to fly to resort destinations like Hawaii and Guam.

Mingalaba Mandalay

Following AirAsia and THAI Airways’ lead, Bangkok Airways ( will start operating direct flights from Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar’s economic hub in the north, from Sep 15. There will be four flights a week on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun, leaving Suvarnabhumi Airport at noon. The flight takes one hour and 20 minutes and will be operated by a 144-seat Airbus 319. A roundtrip ticket is from B7,395, inclusive of taxes and fuel charge.