In a move that could disrupt Air Macau’s monopoly, the budget airline hopes to set up its own base to better serve Chinese travelers.
In a potential move that may disrupt Air Macau’s monopoly, AirAsia plans to set up its own service counter for passenger check-in, boarding, as well as baggage handling. In addition, the low-cost carrier is looking to sell tickets for ferries, trains, and other modes of transport.
Taking advantage of the closer links in the Greater Bay Area, the Kuala Lumpur-based budget airline hopes to target the combined population of 60 million people living in the cities of Pearl River Delta in southern China.
With a Macau base, the airline would be able to better serve Chinese travelers, who are expected to make 400 million trips by 2030, according to a forecast by online rental site Cozystay.
AirAsia’s founder and chief executive Tony Fernandes said in an interview with South China Morning Post: “We do not have to be in mainland China; being in Macau is like being in China.”
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