AirAsia X reportedly suspended plans to launch Kuala Lumpur-Manchester service due to the UK Government’s plans to increase its Air Passenger Duty (APD) (Airwise, 25-Oct-2010). Manchester Airport's Head of Government and Industry Affairs, Brian Conway, stated the carrier had been in talks with the airport for “many months” but chose to launch services to Paris Orly Airport instead due to the government tax being too high. UK Transport Secretary Philip Hammond responded stating the government is aware it is making UK airports and airlines more highly taxed than competitors, but it needs to meet its twin goals of cutting the deficit and meeting aviation growth while also meeting climate change targets. He added the government has started developing a new national aviation policy, to be introduced by the end of 2012. Mr Hammond said the new policy would encourage growth at regional airports.
AirAsia X drops plans for Manchester due to tax
You may also be interested in the following articles...
Malindo Air Part 3: interline partnerships drive new phase of growth for Lion Group’s Malaysian JV
Malaysia’s Malindo Air is focusing on partnerships both within and outside the Lion Group to help support accelerated growth. Malindo now accounts for approximately 8% of traffic at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and will soon link KLIA with over 30 destinations, making it attractive to foreign airlines seeking feed.
Malindo has implemented interlines with Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways over the last four months. It is now in the process of implementing an interline agreement with Oman Air, and aims to have seven interlines in place by the end of 2016.
Malindo is also now working more closely with other airlines in the Lion Group. Malindo recently began selling connections beyond Bangkok on Thai Lion Air, and plans soon to begin selling connections beyond Jakarta on Batik Air.
AirAsia X Part 2: LCC's Australian expansion could include Brisbane, Canberra, Nth Queensland
Malaysia’s AirAsia X is considering the launch of services to several new gateways in Australia. Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra and Townsville are all under consideration as the medium/long haul low cost group resumes expansion.
AirAsia X is also considering launching nonstop flights from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland. The airline launched services to Auckland via the Gold Coast in Mar-2016 and the route has so far exceeded its expectations, prompting it to consider a nonstop product for Auckland and one-stop services to secondary destinations in New Zealand.
This is the second in a series of analysis reports on AirAsia X. The first report looked at the resumption of capacity expansion in the Australia-Malaysia market in 2016 with additional flights to existing markets. This report focuses on possible new destinations in Australia for 2017, and potential growth in New Zealand.