Thai AirAsia Expects To Carry 14.5 Million Passengers In 2015
February 23, 2015 19:01 PM
By Piyarat Nisangkard
BANGKOK, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- Thai AirAsia expects to carry 14.5 million passengers this year from 12 million last year, boosted by the country's tourism industry recovery since November last year.
The January-February passenger numbers have much improved, Thai AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Tassapon Bijleveld said.
He said as a whole, the AirAsia group has targeted to fly 75 million passengers this year from 55 million last year.
Tassapon said Thai AirAsia recorded a rise in passenger demand for travel during the Chinese New Year holiday and the Songkarn (water) festival on April 13 and 15 compared with that of last year.
He said there was less pressure for airlines to cut fares this year unlike last year as the competition then was stiff due to flagging economy and declining number of tourists.
Tourists, especially those from China, are flocking back to Thailand and this can be attested from the rise in passenger traffic at the two international airports in Bangkok at Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi.
"I think the cake is big enough for everyone to share. So, the fare competition this year would be less severe than last year's," he said.
Meanwhile, AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes described the region as the shining light of the aviation industry this year, buoyed by tourist arrivals from India and China.
He said this year would be a good year for the aviation industry, including in the region, prompted by a major growth in short-haul air travels within Asean.
Fernandes said airlines should not wait for the infrastructure to be ready before making plans to introduce new routes.