Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's leading budget airline, Air Asia is not inclined to expand its services to other Cities in the Philippines other than its flights in Clark airport, instead it will focus its planned expansion in Thailand and Indonesia this year where it has a subsidiary.
The airline seeks to establish hubs at Phuket in Thailand, Penang in Malaysia and Medan and Bandung in Indonesia to aid its expansion. It however intends to connect Bangkok via Thai Air Asia, and Jakarta via Indonesia Air Asia to the low cost airport situated north of Manila.
The low-cost carrier's spokesman in its Kuala Lumpur headquarters said that the airline group is taking delivery of 14 Airbus A320s during the remainder of this year. Most will be flying for its Indonesian and Thai affiliate carriers.
THE Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) Business Council (BEBC) is already communicating with Air Asia for the opening of Davao-Kota Kinabalu route, Antonio Santos, BEBC chair, told reporters in the Philippines.
But the airline said that it may not be ripe to fly the route considering that it has thin traffic. It even has doubts if it can support Cebu flights judging from the traffic figures of Malaysia Airlines. They however admit seeking rights to fly the route in the future but cannot say for certain when they intend to commence service hinting that its not possible within the next two years.
AirAsia was founded in 2001 and is the biggest low-cost carrier in Asia, with about 400 daily flights from hubs in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia to more than 60 destinations in Austral Asia and Indian subcontinent.