AirAsia to step up local presence through new international routes


TAIPEI — AirAsia, Asia’s largest low-cost airline, said Tuesday that it plans to expand its existing Taipei-Kuala Lumpur services and open new Taipei-Tokyo and Taipei-Manila routes within a year to capitalize on emerging business potential in the region. The company’s current Taipei-Kuala Lumpur flight services, operated by AirAsia’s long haul carrier AirAsia X, could be increased from 11 to 14 per week by next February, AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman Rani said at a press conference in Taipei. “We see great business opportunities in Taiwan,” he said. The new Taipei-Tokyo route will be operated by AirAsia Japan and the Taipei-Manila route by AirAsia Philippines. The airline, which began operating in Taiwan three years ago, said it may also open more routes between Taiwan and Asian countries, including China, Japan, Australia and South Korea, in the near future.

At present, AirAsia also operates four nonstop flights between Taipei and Kota Kinabalu per week.