Air Asia CEO says Korea unit will not open this year

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Air Asia CEO says Korea unit will not open this year

Air Asia, Asia’s largest low-cost carrier (LCC), will not pursue establishing a Korean unit this year, although that doesn’t mean it will give up on the plan, Air Asia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani said yesterday.

Azran, who manages the long-haul arm of the Malaysian-based LCC, said that Air Asia this year will focus on establishing local units in India and Japan. He added that Air Asia Korea is not a priority because negotiations with the government are not going smoothly.

However, Azran said that Air Asia will work to increase flights to Korea through its affiliates. The company said that Thai Air Asia X is now operating a daily flight connecting Incheon and Bangkok with a 377-seat A330-300 aircraft. The LCC said it opened a special two-day promotion that offers a one-way ticket to Bangkok for 89,000 won ($89) on a first-come, first-served basis.

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