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Old January 7th, 2005, 12:13 PM   #661
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Business Times - 07 Jan 2005

Tiger Airways adds flight to Bangkok

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Tiger Airways said it would be adding a fourth daily flight to Bangkok from Jan 15 in response to overwhelming demand.

The budget carrier which is 49-per cent owned by Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it would offer 45,000 low-cost seats every month on the Singapore-Bangkok route for one-way fares starting at $49.98. With the addition of the extra daily flight, Tiger will have 250 flights a month between the two cities.

Tiger Airways' new CEO and president Tony Davis said his airline's services between Singapore and Bangkok had proved very popular. 'This is fantastic news for our many regular business travellers and will further strengthen tourism opportunities between the two countries,' he said. 'Tiger Airways has got off to a great start since we started operations just a few months ago and this is just the first of many new services we will be announcing over the coming weeks.'

Besides Bangkok, Tiger Airways also has daily flights to Hat Yai and Phuket. Tiger Airways, which added two new Airbus A320 planes last month, competes with privately owned Valuair and Qantas associate Jetstar Asia from its Singapore base, and Thai AirAsia, the Thai associate of the Malaysian budget carrier.

Besides SIA, Tiger Airways' other shareholders are Temasek Holdings, Phoenix-based aviation investment firm Indigo Partners, and Irelandia, the parent of UK-based budget carrier Ryanair.

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Walao eh....are they intent on just operating on one sector or what??

Sekali the Islamic rebels carries out their plans to detonate a bomb in Bangkok. Maybe we can say good bye to the airline then.
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Hmm....this seems to be beneficial for the budget carrier industry.......

Jan 12, 2005
S'pore seeks more air links with Indonesia
The move is intended to raise visitor numbers for both countries

By Devi Asmarani
Indonesia Correspondent

JAKARTA - SINGAPORE is looking to expand air links with Indonesia as part of a tourism cooperation arrangement the countries are forging, visiting Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said yesterday.

Singapore will also promote Indonesia as a travel destination in the same package as the city-state in a bid to boost the tourism industries of the two countries, he said.

Both countries have announced plans to boost tourism. Indonesia plans to increase visitor arrivals by one million this year - up from the present five million. Singapore's target, announced yesterday, is more long-term - 17 million by 2015.

'We have agreed to look into close cooperation on tourism promotion,' Mr Yeo said after a meeting with Indonesian Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa and Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik.

They also agreed that for Indonesia to get more tourists, better aviation links were needed.

As such, Singapore carriers will be given the go-ahead to step up the number of flights to Indonesia.

These will not only be to new destinations with tourism potential but also to those already served by Singapore flights - such as Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Denpasar, Mr Yeo said.

He explained: 'We believe that if the number of flights increases, then ultimately the number of passengers coming to Indonesia will grow as well, because the airlines will find it in their self-interest to promote the destinations they are flying to.'

The two countries are also set to sign a pact in which their tourism promotion boards will endorse Singapore and Indonesia as one package destination, Mr Yeo said.

The plan is to market this package especially in places with untapped market potential, including China, India, and the Middle East, he said.

While Indonesia aims to increase the number of foreign visitors, travel warnings by countries like Australia, Japan and European nations on potential terrorism have made this difficult, as the bulk of Indonesia's visitors is from these countries.

Mr Jero said tourist destinations in places like Yogya, Bandung (West Java) or Toraja (South Sulawesi) were still reeling from drastic drops in the number of visitors.

Indonesia hopes to overcome this by marketing more aggressively in countries with untapped market potential, and that is where the higher number of flights by Singapore carriers come in.

'We are looking at increasing flight capacity from eight million seats a year now to at least 12 million seats,' Mr Jero said.

Mr Yeo said Indonesia's carriers are being offered special incentives.

'We have been waiving the landing fees of airlines flying to Singapore from new Indonesian destinations,' he said.

The Transport Minister's two-day meeting followed talks in November in Jakarta between Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on how their countries could work together in areas such as tourism and civil aviation.

Mr Lee noted then that the opportunity existed for more flights between the two countries to take advantage of the growth in tourism, especially from countries like China.

Mr Yeo's delegation comprised Acting Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who is also Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry); and officials from the Transport Ministry, Trade and Industry Ministry, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board.

They left for home yesterday afternoon after a meeting with Indonesian Trade Minister Mari Pangestu.

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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2004:
EasyJet = 25,249,936
Ryanair = 26,392,361

Percentage increase in passengers since November 2003:
EasyJet = 25%
Ryanair = 10%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in November 2004:
EasyJet = 84.6%
Ryanair = 83%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to December 2004:
EasyJet = 25,716,329
Ryanair = 26,582,833

Percentage increase in passengers since December 2003:
EasyJet = 28%
Ryanair = 9%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in December 2004:
EasyJet = 81%
Ryanair = 83%
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Friday January 14, 06:46 PM
Ryanair to partly reverse planned Milan expansion

LONDON (Reuters) - Ryanair Holdings is partly reversing plans to expand in Italy due to a dispute with airport authorities in Milan, the Irish-based low-cost airline has said.

Ryanair, which announced plans in November to expand in Italy, said it would not add a fifth aircraft at Milan Bergamo airport as planned and would cancel three regular flights on routes from Milan.

"All our growth and cost projections for fiscal 2005/2006 remain unaffected," Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said in a statement on Friday.

Ryanair said it had negotiated cost savings and a longer contract with the airport in November in exchange for increased passenger numbers, but the airport could no longer fulfil one of the terms of the agreement.

SACBO, the company that manages the airport, was not immediately available for comment.

Ryanair, hoping to capitalise on the woes of grounded Italian rival Volare Group, previously said it would fly 9 million-10 million passengers in Italy in 2005.
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EasyJet Announces Two New Routes
Thursday January 13, 8:23 am ET

British Budget Airline EasyJet Is Linking Belfast to Berlin and Rome

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Budget airline easyJet PLC announced two new routes Thursday to link Belfast with Berlin and Rome, a move being subsidized by a British government agency.

EasyJet, founded in 1995, has made Belfast International Airport an increasingly important base in the past three years -- and ended decades during which getting into or out of Northern Ireland almost always meant a connection through London.

The new Rome and Berlin routes, scheduled to begin service in July, will bring to nine the number of easyJet's direct European routes operating from the Northern Ireland capital.

EasyJet already flies from Belfast to Amsterdam, Paris, the southern French city of Nice, and the southern Spanish cities of Malaga and Alicante. It plans to open routes soon to Geneva, Switzerland and Palma, on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It also operates domestic services to seven British cities.

EasyJet Chief Operating Officer Ed Winter said Belfast now accounted for 12 percent of the airline's operations, which are based at Luton, north of London.

Northern Ireland, with 1.7 million residents, has a booming summer holiday season -- partly because much of the population leaves the country during traditional Protestant marches that peak in mid-July.

The British government's Invest Northern Ireland agency said it would subsidize the cost of easyJet's landing fees on both routes, but declined to offer specifics on the value of aid. It said the links to the German and Italian capitals would underwrite stronger tourism and business connections.

"Securing these new direct routes to Germany and Italy is a tremendous boost for the Northern Ireland economy," said Leslie Morrison, chief executive of Invest Northern Ireland.

Morrison said local companies were already exporting goods worth more than 250 million pounds (euro360 million; US$475 million) annually to the two countries. He forecast that the daily air links would put Northern Ireland on the map "as a potential inward investment location for German and Italian companies."
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17 January 2005

Tiger Airways may miss making profits in first year due to tsunami, oil prices
By Connie Tan, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Higher fuel prices and the tsunami disaster may have upset Tiger Airways' earlier plans to turn a profit in its first year of operation.

But the budget carrier says it is still confident of soaring ahead of its Asian competitors.

On Monday, it vowed to go all out to compete on price to win market share.

Tiger Airways is reviewing its business model after last month's tsunami devastated parts of the Thai resort island Phuket, one of its key destinations.

Its newly appointed chief executive Tony Davis says while Tiger aims to break even in its first year of operation, it will depend on the investment strategy the carrier is now formulating.

Mr Davis said, "I think the whole business model has been reviewed on not only the tsunami, but also the increasing fuel price, and also the availability of traffic rights.

"We're really taking a fresh approach. My appointment has given us a chance to re-evaluate the business model, to see what opportunities there are and really to gauge what level of investment is appropriate at this early stage in Tiger's developments."

The airline plans to maintain its daily flights to Phuket, even though only a quarter of seats are filled.

Currently, Tiger only flies to Bangkok, Phuket and Hat Yai in Thailand.

But it has secured air traffic rights to Jakarta, Medan and Padang in Indonesia.

And it is also eyeing the Malaysian market, the home turf of its rival Air Asia.

Tiger is expected to announce flights to other Asian cities as early as next week.

Mr Davis maintains that Tiger has the resources to win in the battle of low cost carriers, and won't hesitate to compete on price.

He said, "I think there's going to be lots of price wars. Price is the single most important decision making factor when people buy an air-ticket...Consistent low fares on a regular basis, I think that will set us apart from our competition."

For a start, the carrier says it will unveil lower fares to Phuket in the next few days.

This is to encourage more to fly to the Thai resort, in the aftermath of the tsunami. - CNA

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Jan 18, 2005
Tiger Airways aims to be next Singapore icon
Malaysia and Indonesia will be its core markets, CEO reveals

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent

BUDGET airline Tiger Airways, which now flies only to Thailand, says it will focus on Malaysia and Indonesia as its core markets.

The Singapore Airlines-backed carrier already has the green light from the authorities here to fly to Jakarta, Padang and Medan.

Its new chief executive officer, Mr Tony Davis, did not say when the airline will start flying to these Indonesian destinations when he announced the news yesterday, but he did explain his company's new focus.

'We want to offer a comprehensive route network, but the core is really the short sector, as it enables us to get very high utilisation of the aircraft,' he said.

'Every time we take off, we get 180 seats to sell, so the more times we take off, the more seats we can sell.'

Using the carrier's fleet efficiently helps it to keep its costs and fares down, without having to resort to one-off 'promotions', he added.

The 39-year-old, who has done stints in Gulf Air and British Airways, as well as helped set up low-cost British carrier bmibaby in 2002, said research has shown that airline passengers look at price before things like punctuality and extra services.

He admitted that the lack of liberal skies in Asia will be a challenge when it comes to services, especially when it comes to expanding in Malaysia, but expects the situation to change eventually.

The bachelor with 18 years of aviation experience took over from Mr Patrick Gan as Tiger Airways' boss on Jan 1. Yesterday's media conference was his first.

Although he is new to Asia, he stuck his neck out by predicting that most of Asia-Pacific's airlines would fail. Tiger Airways though, he added, could emulate the success of Europe's Ryanair and America's Southwest Airlines.

'We have the shareholder commitment, the management expertise and we have every opportunity. We just have to make sure that we do better than anyone else,' he explained.

Apart from SIA, the other partners in the carrier are Singapore investment company Temasek Holdings, the founders of Irish low-cost airline Ryanair and United States-based marketing and business strategy consultants Indigo Partners.

Mr Davis opened the press conference by unveiling four 'dishes' on a tray - a figurine of Sir Stamford Raffles, several orchids, a plate of chilli crab and a model Tiger Airways plane.

The message: Tiger Airways will be the next Singapore icon.

Before the press conference, he told The Straits Times that he was 'invited' to apply for the position of chief executive officer by a head-hunting firm, and that he had 'jumped at the opportunity'.

'I'd already set up a low-cost airline in Britain and, clearly, the markets in Europe and in North America are very well established for such carriers.

'Here in Asia, it's still a very new market and new opportunity, and that was really one of the attractions for me.'

On the mystery that surrounds the circumstances under which Mr Gan left the airline, he said: 'I can only look forward. What's happened in the past has happened and, clearly, Patrick can speak for himself on issues that affect him.

'My focus coming into Tiger Airways is the next phase of development.'

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Business Times - 18 Jan 2005

Tiger Airways CEO sees competition crumbling

US, Europe experience shows that most LCCs would fail

By LIZA LIN

(SINGAPORE) Barely three weeks into his job, Tiger Airways CEO Tony Davis has already predicted the demise of most Asian low-cost carriers (LCCs).

In his first meeting with the media here, Mr Davis, 39, said that most Asian budget airlines would fail, but was confident that Tiger Airways would emerge the most successful.

'Not all low-cost airlines will succeed - of more than 50 LCCs in Europe, only two are really successful. If history is repeated here in Asia-Pacific, the majority of LCCs in Asia will fail,' said the 18-year-veteran of the airline industry.

There are currently nine LCCs operating in South-east Asia.

Previously, Mr Davis worked for British Midland Airways, Gulf Air and British Airways and was managing director of bmibaby, the British LCC he helped found in 2002.

Despite his gloomy forecast, the new CEO has big dreams for Tiger Airways.

'Singapore is already the home of the world's leading full service airline and the world's leading airport, now we want it to be the home of Asia's leading low-cost airline,' he said.

Most LCCs in North America and Europe failed to take off because of unclear product differentiation and the inability to expand their business quick enough to leverage on economies of scale, he said.

Tiger Airways, he said, would avoid a similar fate through a clear business proposition and strong shareholder support, adding: 'We can take advantage of our considerable shareholder expertise and resources to enable us to grow very quickly and establish a network of services across the region.'

Several of the airline's major shareholders are sizable players in the aviation industry, such as Singapore Airlines (49 per cent), former American West chairman Bill Franke's investment firm, Indigo Partners LLC (24 per cent), and Irelandia Investments (16 per cent).

Irelandia is the private investment arm of Ryanair founder Tony Ryan.

Mr Davis said that the airline's expectations of turning a profit after its first year took a knock with the Dec 26 tsunami disaster and spike in fuel costs. Passenger loads on flights to Phuket dropped to 25 per cent from 80 per cent before the disaster.

However, he is still optimistic about the carrier's chances of turning a profit.

He said that the airline's next focus will be to mount flights to neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.

He did not rule out flights to China and India in the future.

He said that the airline has received landing rights to Jakarta, Medan and Padang in Indonesia but has not determined when flights to these areas would start.

Unlike his previous airline, bmibaby, which Mr Davis described as being 'able to fly anywhere in the EU subject to getting a landing slot', Tiger Airways has a harder time as availability of air service rights in Asia were much more restrictive.

'The opportunities available are very limited, governments of other countries still need some convincing of the benefits.'

But he is certain of the growth potential of budget airlines in the industry, especially when the new budget terminal in Changi is completed.

Currently, the three Singapore-based budget carriers, Tiger Airways, Valuair and Jetstar Asia, make up about 7 per cent of Changi Airport's total flights.

He declined to speculate on the increase in budget airline flights in the future, saying that previous forecasts made in Europe had proved inaccurate because actual demand outstripped original forecasts.

He cited an example seven years ago, when industry experts predicted only 4-6 per cent of travellers would fly budget airlines. The actual number came to 20 per cent.

Adding that he is already seeing demand for low-cost tickets pick up, Mr Davis said: 'People are starting to create trips around the availability of low-cost tickets. Unlike before, when people would stay home and have one or two holidays a year, now people are just going away to do shopping.'

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Yup, tiger airways even now trying to penetrate the domestic area. By setting up hub in Jakarta. Yet, I dont know if tiger airways can survive. But i think Valuair wont survive since that plane delivery fiasco. their twice daily flight to Jakarta has been reduce to once daily since the plane is not coming yet.

And where this jetstar asia to jakarta and surabaya? I heard they are now planning Bali and Lombok which currently silkair and australian airlines are serving the route.

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Yup, tiger airways even now trying to penetrate the domestic area. By setting up hub in Jakarta. Yet, I dont know if tiger airways can survive. But i think Valuair wont survive since that plane delivery fiasco. their twice daily flight to Jakarta has been reduce to once daily since the plane is not coming yet.

And where this jetstar asia to jakarta and surabaya? I heard they are now planning Bali and Lombok which currently silkair and australian airlines are serving the route.

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Oh tiger is interested in Indonesia domestic market?? Hmmm.....I guess they do realise they shoul'dn't put all the eggs in one basket(on thailand).....
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Jan 19, 2005
Tiger Airways cutting fares to help Phuket recover

By Sandra Leong

PHUKET - LOW-COST carrier Tiger Airways is slashing prices to help put the roar back to Phuket's tsunami-battered tourism industry.

Working with the Tourism Authority Of Thailand, it is promising promotional fares lower than its existing one-way fare of $45.98.

Details will be revealed next week in a drive to encourage jittery tourists to return to the once popular beach town.

Latest figures from the Phuket Tourist Business Association show that occupancy at the approximately 560 hotels is at a low 20 per cent.

Most are open for business, but more than 30,000 rooms remain unoccupied at a time when it is the peak period for travel.

Singapore-based Tiger Airways has also not escaped the fallout of the Dec 26 tsunami.

'Immediately after the tsunami, we had a lot of cancellations, with passengers rerouting their flights to Bangkok and Hat Yai,' said spokesman Cheryl Ong.

The passenger load on the carrier's daily flight to Phuket is now only between 25 per cent and 50 per cent, a drop from 70 per cent before the disaster.

The company revealed its plans to slash prices during a media trip in Phuket yesterday.

Ms Ong also said that Tiger Airways, barring unforeseen changes, will continue to help bring passengers to fill hotels, restaurants and shops which provide much-needed jobs.

About 90 per cent of Phuket's income is generated from tourism, which provides jobs for many of its residents.

'Our friends have given us medicine, money and clothes,' said Mr Pattanapong Ekevanich, president of the Phuket Tourist Business Association.

'But what we need most are tourists.'

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19 January 2005

Lack of 'open skies' in Asia helping premium airlines cope with budget carriers
By Chua Chin Chye, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Some low cost carriers have been asking for an "open skies" environment in the region to facilitate their expansion.

But according to a study conducted by MasterCard International, "open skies" is not the only option forward.

MasterCard says budget carriers can still thrive without an "open skies" environment in Asia.

MasterCard says the lack of an "open skies" regime is preventing low cost carriers from tapping their true competitive potential.

But that actually helps to keep full-service carriers flying.

That is because having an "open skies" regime in Asia will allow budget carriers to penetrate all or most of the medium and short-haul routes, forcing all airlines into heavy price-cutting.

In such a situation, premium airlines are likely to be the hardest hit.

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Economic Advisor, MasterCard International, said, "My personal view is that (an) open skies arrangement will come with a lot of challenges to current players, especially to full-service carriers in the region.

"For the premium carriers, they will be motivated to really focus on customer and market segmentation a lot deeper, and concentrate on more innovative services and so on. "

MasterCard warns that premium carriers - which are unable to cut prices while maintaining or increasing their load factor - could face financial collapse.

Asia is the world's fastest growing air travel market, at 6.4 percent per year, compared to the global average of 4.8 percent.

And MasterCard says an open skies policy would knock up that growth rate by about a quarter.

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong said, "I think that the market size will be expanding at a rate such that it will be able to accommodate the current players, and allow the expansion of capacity and so on."

Industry players agree.

Sim Kay Wee, CEO, ValuAir, said, "I think that all of us, if we do our job well, which is to keep costs really low, and go after our business with the correct marketing strategy...we will succeed one way or the other. Some of us will succeed better than others."

MasterCard says that right now, low cost carriers have several factors in their favour.

Many Asian countries are expanding airport capacity, and helping to ease competition for landing rights and better flight times.

And for budget carriers seeking to expand, there are other options apart from an "open skies" regime.

They could try to leverage on bilateral air services agreements, or in the case of Air Asia, work around the problem by setting up hubs in regional cities. - CNA

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Yeah, but its just their plan, I am not sure if that will materialize soon. How are they load factors to Bangkok?

Btw congratulations for Singapore tiger cup 2004 damn Indonesia is three times runners up....yet again!

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Bangkok-Singapore route seems to be working rather well for tiger......i think the loads are generally between 70-85%.......
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Oh no! another fiasco in budget airline, this is similar with valuair but happened on the otherway around.

AirAsia's Indonesia JV Postpones Maiden Flight to Singapore-2-

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--AWAIR, the Indonesian low-cost carrier that is 49%-owned by Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU), Wednesday postponed its maiden flight to Singapore, blaming the delay on a last-minute request for documents from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

"The Director of Air Transport, CAAS, yesterday made an additional request for further documents to be submitted to CAAS. AWAIR had hand-delivered all these additional requirements (but) CAAS has presently indicated that it is uncertain at this stage when final clearance can be given," AirAsia said in a statement.

AWAIR started operations in Indonesia with flights linking Jakarta to Medan and Balikpapan on Dec. 8.

It had planned to start its daily Singapore-Jakarta service Wednesday.

Pending approval from CAAS, AWAIR will give affected passengers credits which they may utilize for travel at a later date, AirAsia said
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Yeah, but its just their plan, I am not sure if that will materialize soon. How are they load factors to Bangkok?

Btw congratulations for Singapore tiger cup 2004 damn Indonesia is three times runners up....yet again!

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I dont know if the load factor is that high as Stan said.....my lecturer thinks they arent doing well.

Anyway, check out my thread on the Tiger Cup in the sg forums!
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Old January 19th, 2005, 04:51 PM   #679
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I dont know if the load factor is that high as Stan said.....my lecturer thinks they arent doing well.
We shall see if it survive in the long run.......
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Oh no! another fiasco in budget airline, this is similar with valuair but happened on the otherway around.

AirAsia's Indonesia JV Postpones Maiden Flight to Singapore-2-

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--AWAIR, the Indonesian low-cost carrier that is 49%-owned by Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU), Wednesday postponed its maiden flight to Singapore, blaming the delay on a last-minute request for documents from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

"The Director of Air Transport, CAAS, yesterday made an additional request for further documents to be submitted to CAAS. AWAIR had hand-delivered all these additional requirements (but) CAAS has presently indicated that it is uncertain at this stage when final clearance can be given," AirAsia said in a statement.

AWAIR started operations in Indonesia with flights linking Jakarta to Medan and Balikpapan on Dec. 8.

It had planned to start its daily Singapore-Jakarta service Wednesday.

Pending approval from CAAS, AWAIR will give affected passengers credits which they may utilize for travel at a later date, AirAsia said
Hmm.....CAAS really dislikes anything remotely related to Fernanduez is it? It a miracle Thai AirAsia manages to fly to Singapore at all!
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