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AirAsia Cambodia to debut soon


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#1 JuliusWong

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:57 AM

Hot on heels from recent launching of AirAsia China, AirAsia Cambodia is in the pipeline.

 

 

Asia’s largest budget airline AirAsia, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, plans to open a subsidiary company in Cambodia to handle an anticipated increase in the number of passengers travelling to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville from Malaysia.
 
 
The subsidiary, said the Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol yesterday, would be named AirAsia Cambodia.
 
 
“The purpose of forming AirAsia Cambodia was brought up by AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes in his meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen last week at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Asean,” said Mr Chanthol.
 
 
“Mr Fernandes told the prime minister that AirAsia Cambodia, as AirAsia’s new subsidiary company, would be needed to handle an increasing number of air travelers from Malaysia to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville,” he added.
 
 
“The prime minister, in turn, replied that he was behind Mr Fernandes’s decision 100 percent.”
 
 
Mr Chanthol said AirAsia’s decision to start a new subsidiary company in Cambodia reflected the aviation industry’s confidence in the country’s open skies policy.
 
 
“Cambodia’s open skies policy promotes Asean connectivity and this in turn allows more goods to be transported and more people to travel to other countries,” he said.
 
 
When asked by reporters when AirAsia Cambodia would start up in the country, Mr Chanthol said the proposal was now with the Council of Ministers for approval.
 
 
The decision to form AirAsia Cambodia came after Mr Fernandes announced at a press conference on Thursday that his airline plans to launch a new service from Kuala Lumpur to Sihanoukville city.
 


#2 flee

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:08 PM

This is a strategic move - so far, Cambodia has relied on Vietnam for the expertise. Airasia is trying to compete with the Vietnamese here as Cambodia does not really have its own aviation industry.



#3 JuliusWong

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:04 PM

This is a strategic move - so far, Cambodia has relied on Vietnam for the expertise. Airasia is trying to compete with the Vietnamese here as Cambodia does not really have its own aviation industry.

Cambodia has their own their aviation industry, but sustainability has been very spotty. Somehow I doubt the growth of AirAsia Cambodia as a separate entity, majority of their population is under poverty line and only three airports are viable for A320 operation: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Sihanoukville. I somehow think AirAsia Cambodia and AirAsia Vietnam will be put under one entity. Last piece of AirAsia puzzle would be AirAsia Myanmar.......

 

In less than six months, TF has signed AirAsia Vietnam, AirAsia Cambodia and AirAsia China. Wondering if TF can pull another surprise for AirAsia Myanmar before end of the year?


Edited by JuliusWong, 17 May 2017 - 07:04 PM.





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