Macau is Air Asia’s top priority in the region, with the company planning to add five to six new routes per year from the territory, company CEO Tony Fernandes said on Wednesday.
“Within five years we will add between 32 and 34 connections from Macau,” said the businessman, who recalled that Air Asia, a low-cost airline in the territory since 2004, has brought about 8 million passengers to Macau.
On the sidelines of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Youth Symposium organised by the MacauInstitute of Tourism Training, Fernandes said that the five-year plan depends on negotiations with both the Macau Government Tourist Office and airport owner Sociedade do Aeroporto Internacional de Macau (CAM).
Fernandes announced that a new route to the city of Johor Bahru in Malaysia will be launched “in the coming weeks” and that Guam is also in the company’s plans.
Cities in the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia’s connections to the territory are also part of Air Asia’s plans for Macau in the short and medium term, as well as other destinations that the company’s CEO preferred not to disclose.
Air Asia Berhad is a low-cost airline based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is the largest airline in the country by number of aircraft and destinations. (macauhub)