As all the important tourism markets of China majorly sealed off till now, AirAsia, the budget carrier is now turning its attention on India to make up for the deficit.
Riad Asmat, AirAsia Malaysia Chief Executive Officer, explained that India is unquestionably a very crucial market. Riad also added that China, at the current state is not in the list and they will have to work with what they have handy at this moment.
This Malaysian airline characteristically aims on the market of Southeast Asia is now experiencing major demand from passengers from India, going to Malaysia and Indonesia, he stated. Asmat also said that of late, on a flight that he took to visit Bali, Indian tourists comprised about 90% of the passengers.
Pent-up demand after staying at home for two years due to pandemic curbs, the travellers from India is all set to explore the skies since the country restarted its international flights from March 2022. Asmat also said that since the opening of the borders, anything less than 90% has not been seen so far in load factors in and out of India.
The budget carrier flews about 90 planes every day prior to the pandemic, has restricted aircraft availability as of now. We will have to manage with what we have and create a capacity that is enough for us to keep our business afloat.
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