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Old February 1st, 2005, 04:56 PM   #721
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01 February 2005

Penerbangan Malaysia denies joint venture talks with Tiger Airways
By Thomas Cho, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Penerbangan Malaysia (PMB) has denied that it is in any joint venture talks with Singapore budget carrier Tiger Airways.

The Malaysian company, which leases aircraft to Malaysian Airline System, insists it is not negotiating to lease planes to the Singapore carrier.

PMB is owned by Malaysia's Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the Finance Ministry's investment company.

Tiger Airways, which is 49 percent-owned by Singapore Airlines, had earlier announced plans to fly to Malaysia.

Malaysian newspaper reports have been speculating about a PMB-Tiger Airways tie-up.

A PMB-Tiger Airways alliance would mean tougher competition for Malaysian-based AirAsia.

Malaysian destinations are the core of AirAsia's operations. - CNA

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Ryanair and easyJet go to war over Ireland
Robert Lea, Evening Standard,
30 January 2005

EUROPE's two premier budget airlines went to war today as easyJet launched its first services to Ryanair's backyard.

The easyJet services from Gatwick to Shannon and Knock are also the only routes in Europe on which the two compete directly.

With Ryanair opening on Gatwick-Shannon in the spring, the first head-to-head battle between them will be to Knock in the west of Ireland, a seemingly inauspicious route but one likely to offer a window to a future in which the airlines will take on each other more aggressively.

'If you ask me why they have picked a fight over Knock of all places, the answer is God only knows,' said one aviation analyst, pointing to the fact that, between them, the two operate more than 400 routes.

'What I do know is that we are likely to get more of the same.'

EasyJet said in the autumn it was flying to the Republic just days after Ryanair announced it would start flying from Britain to provincial Spain, previously seen as the preserve of easyJet.

Weeks later, Stansted-based Ryanair said it would launch on the same Irish routes out of Gatwick.

Ray Webster, chief executive of easyJet, denied his move was titfortat and has attempted to remain diplomatic in explaining his act of aggression.

'Fares to the Republic of Ireland in many cases have remained stubbornly high and have generatedconsistently strong yearroundreturns for the incumbent airline [Ryanair],' he said.

An easyJet spokesman added: 'We are not going to enter into a war of words but, wherever we see price-gouging by an incumbent airline, we'll look at adding capacity. Ryanair's profit margins on these routes are twice what they are anywhere else.'

Ryanair co-deputy chief executive Howard Millar hit back.

'They are free to fly where they want to and if they want competition they can have competition,' he said.

'We will be happy to take the game to them. They seem to think there is a pot of gold buried somewhere in the west of Ireland. What we don't understand is that they have always said they fly to big secondary airports around Europe. So why are they flying to a small village on top of a hill on top of a bog?'

Knock's fame, such as it is, comes from the Catholic shrine which has attracted millions of pilgrims. A hundred years after 15 locals witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Saint John, Knock got the papal seal of approval in 1979 with a visit from the newly-installed Pope John Paul.
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 05:49 PM   #723
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Ryanair's in-flight movies a turn-off
01 February 2005
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Ryanair's passengers have turned up their noses at the chance to pay euros 7 (pounds 5) for the privilege of watching a Hollywood movie or a cartoon on the low-cost airline's flights.

The budget carrier admitted yesterday that an in-flight entertainment system has flopped in trials run since November on five aircraft based at Stansted airport.

It intends to cut the price from euros 7 to euros 5 to stimulate demand. If that fails, it will drop the system, which the Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary predicted would generate "enormous sums of money".

Ryanair disclosed the setback as it announced a fall in profits from euros 47.5m to euros 35m in the three months to December.

Howard Millar, deputy chief executive, said of the system: "Initial trials haven't been as good as we'd like."

He said the cause was partly a lack of foreign-language films, as only half of Ryanair's passengers speak English as a first language. He added that fewer children flew during the winter, which meant that cartoons had failed to take off.

Ryanair based the pay-as-you-go televisions on technology used in the US by budget carriers such as JetBlue. Other European airlines have been watching its progress keenly. Industry sources say that easyJet is planning a similar trial this year.

Profits at Ryanair were hit by a 68% leap in fuel costs to euros 72m. Ryanair's passenger numbers increased by 13% to 6.9m. Average fares were broadly flat.
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Business Times - 03 Feb 2005

More S'pore airlines to fly to Vietnam soon?

S'pore panel said to be considering applications from budget carriers

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) More Singapore- based airlines, other than Singapore Airlines, may soon be able to fly to the major cities of Vietnam.

Singa-pore's Air Traffic Rights Committee (ATRC) is meeting today to discuss the allocation of additional air traffic rights to Vietnam gained under the latest air services agreement (ASA) between the two countries, which was signed late last year. Under the agreement, flag carriers from both countries were allocated additional rights.

Currently, only Singapore Airlines (SIA) flies to Vietnam, operating six flights a week to Hanoi and 12 flights a week to Ho Chih Minh City.

Besides considering additional rights for SIA, the ATRC will also be considering applications from Singapore-based budget carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Valuair, sources told BT yesterday. Tiger recently announced it had already set up office in Hanoi, while Valuair and Jetstar told BT they had submitted applications to fly to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

'We are looking forward to operating to both Hanoi and Ho Chih Min City,' said JetStar's chief operating officer Con Korfiatis yesterday. 'Vietnam is a good market and we see strong travel demand to that destination.'

ASAs, which govern international airline operations, are negotiated bilaterally between governments. Singapore currently has ASA with over 90 countries.

Up to a year ago, Singapore's bank of air traffic rights had been used only by the SIA Group. But with the entry of new Singapore-registered budget carriers, the ATRC was established in late 2003 to allocate air traffic rights in a manner that 'maximises both the interests of Singapore as a nation as well as the benefits to the public'.

The seven-member committee is headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, and includes senior representatives from various government agencies like the Singapore Tourism Board, Economic Development Board, International Enterprise Singapore, Attorney-General's Chambers and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Vietnam is seen as an attractive destination by Singapore carriers as it is a relatively new and undiscovered tourist market. But Singapore and Vietnam also enjoy longstanding economic ties and booming bilateral trade. Not surprisingly, both Vietnam Airlines and SIA have been enjoying extremely strong loads on their flights between the two countries.

The ASA inked last year provided for a gradual increase in flights between the two countries by their respective carriers over the next few years. It does not affect the existing rights enjoyed by SIA. But while Singapore subscribes to a free-skies principle, Vietnam has been cautious about throwing open its skies as it grew its flag carrier.

There is also the issue of constraints on airport infrastructure, with Ho Chi Minh City airport, in particular, already operating at maximum capacity.

To apply for available traffic rights, an airline has to first obtain a valid Air Operators Certificate certifying its ability to conduct safe aircraft operations for public transportation. The airline must also satisfy the necessary conditions under the relevant ASA and have sufficient financial resources to operate the proposed air services.

All new rights granted by the ATRC will have a validity period of up to five years. But in recognition of the role that the SIA has played in building Singapore into an aviation hub, the SIA Group retains its existing air traffic rights under a 10-year licence.

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03 February 2005

Budget carrier Tiger Airways wins right to fly to Vietnam

SINGAPORE : Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways said Thursday it has won the right to fly to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and promised to offer fares up to 80 percent cheaper than current ones.

Singapore's Air Traffic Rights Committee awarded the landing rights, the carrier said in a statement.

The airline, 49-percent owned by Singapore Airlines, said it would offer fares up to 80 percent lower than the current levels of between 221-803 Singapore dollars (136-493 US) on other carriers. depending on cabin class.

Last week Tiger Airways opened an office in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's southern business hub.

"We are delighted by this good news. Landing rights to Vietnam signal the start of our second-phase network expansion to Southeast Asian destinations," said Tiger Airways chief executive Tony Davis.

He said the company, whose planes already fly to Bangkok, will announce the date of the first flights to Vietnam soon.

The airline also said it will start flying to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai from February 18, adding to its services to Bangkok, Phuket and Hatyai.

From February 4 the airline will offer a promotional fare of 9.98 Singapore dollars for a one-way ticket to Chiang Mai.

Tiger Airways is in competition with an array of budget airlines in the region, including Singapore-based Valuair, Qantas-backed Jetstar Asia and Malaysia's AirAsia. - AFP

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Feb 5, 2005
Budget carrier Awair drops plans to fly here

INDONESIA-BASED budget carrier Awair has aborted plans to fly to Singapore, citing delays in obtaining regulatory approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

The airline, which is 49 per cent owned by Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia, was forced to cancel its Jan 19 inaugural Jakarta-Singapore flight when it failed to get the green light in time from CAAS.

In a statement yesterday, the airline's president director Sendjaja Widjaja said it decided to drop the service after it failed to obtain any indication in the past two weeks about its application for landing rights at Changi Airport.

'We're very disappointed and puzzled over the lack of response from CAAS,' he said.

'We'd hoped for CAAS to efficiently review all documents that had been submitted to it.

'We have no choice but to... cancel the Singapore-Jakarta service as there has not only been no feedback but also any indication of when a resolution can be achieved.'

Passengers who had booked flights on the service can either transfer their booking to other Awair destinations or arrange a refund.

In place of flying to Singapore, the airline has decided to introduce a new domestic service, possibly between Jakarta and Padang, and focus on strengthening flights between Jakarta and Malaysia.

However, its version of events that led to its decision yesterday differs from that of CAAS.

The authority has maintained all along that Awair submitted all the documents needed for approval only the day before it was due to begin flying.

The application could not be processed in time, said CAAS, as it had to make sure the carrier met all necessary regulatory requirement, in the interests of the travelling public.

Asked about the airline's latest comments, a CAAS spokesman said it heard about Awair's decision to drop its plan to fly to Singapore only via the media.

'We haven't received official notification from the airline.'

The spokesman added that the authority has always welcomed Awair flying to Singapore, but reiterated that it had to review the documents to make sure everything was in order.

Since receiving the carrier's outstanding documents on Jan 18, CAAS has been in contact with the carrier, the spokesman added.

'CAAS had also promised to inform Awair as soon as its application is approved.

'We regret if indeed Awair has decided to drop its planned Singapore-Jakarta service.'

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easyJet, Europe's leading low cost airline today launches its first new routes from the Republic of Ireland, connecting Cork, Knock and Shannon to London's Gatwick airport
28 January 2005 Corporate Press Release

From Cork, easyJet will operate a twice daily service with a morning and evening departure which allows a good day return for the business traveller.

From Shannon, easyJet begins with a daily service, which will increase to twice daily from the 21 April 2005 and there will be a daily service from Knock.

These new services are expected to attract both business and leisure travellers alike, as the routes have strong tourism, VFR and business connections in both directions, with the inbound traffic helping boosting the local economy in Ireland. Advance sales have been strong and easyJet expects to carry close to 1/2 million passengers in the first 12 months.

All three routes are available to book on easyJet.com from €17.99 one way (€25.98 return including taxes).

Ed Winter, easyJet's Chief Operating Officer joining the celebrations at all three airports today and commented:

"It is an exciting day for easyJet and we are delighted to be starting these new services, the Republic of Ireland is a practically untapped market for low cost services and air fares in the regions have been too high for too long. easyJet is now providing hundreds of thousands of Irish travellers the opportunity to access the South of England through our Gatwick gateway with our well established product at great low fares".
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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%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to January 2005:
EasyJet = 26,116,482
Ryanair = 26,918,454

Percentage increase in passengers since January 2004:
EasyJet = 22.8%
Ryanair = 20%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in January 2005:
EasyJet = 84.4%
Ryanair = 74%
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Business Times - 07 Feb 2005

Tiger Airways applies for landing rights to Manila

SINGAPORE - Singapore-based low-cost carrier Tiger Airways on Monday said it had applied for rights to fly into Clarke Field, in Manila.

In an e-mailed statement, the airline said it was 'confident operations to Clark Field can start in time for the busy Easter holiday season'.

Clark Field, roughly 30 sq km in size and located 77km north of the Philippine capital, used to be a US military air base. It is now a special economic zone that hosts the offices of 156 national and international companies.

Tiger Airways currently flies to Bangkok, Phuket and Hat Yai. It will soon add Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Vietnam's Hanoi and Ho Chih Minh cities to its list.

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...clark field is NOT in Manila its virtually in the middle of nowhere, even if it has parallel runways that can accomodate NASA space shuttle landings. I know that LCCs are supposed to use alternative gateways, but the main airport in Manila isn't exactly london heathrow. (I should know, I live near it, and I want the budget flights to go near me, not some airport a couple of hours away from Manila... geez... )
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Easyjet passenger numbers take off in January

LONDON, Feb 7 (AFP) - British low-cost airline easyJet announced Monday that it carried 2.08 million passengers in January -- an increase of 23.8 percent on the same month last year.

EasyJet added it was "performing positively" during the second quarter, but cautioned that "visibility remains limited".

The no-frills airline said the load factor -- passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available -- was 76.4 percent, down 0.8 percentage points on January 2004.

Figures for the first quarter (October to December 2004) were broadly in line with the company's forecasts, the airline said in a trading update.

In morning trade, easyJet shares were up 0.2 percent to 232.5 pence, having earlier touched 238 pence -- its highest level since last June 2004 but still well below last year's high of 380 pence, reached before two profit warnings.

Total revenue per passenger slipped 0.8 percent to 41.87 pounds (59.80 euros) during the last three months of 2004, while the airline carried 6.7 million passengers, up 26 percent on the same period of the previous year.

The load factor for the quarter was 83.0 percent, up 0.6 points from the first quarter of 2003.

Meanwhile, the total number of passengers flying with easyJet increased by 22.8 percent in the twelve months to January to 26.1 million people.

The airline noted a 2.0 percent drop in average fares to 39.04 pounds was offset by a focus on ancillary revenue -- through improvements to on-board services and its excess baggage policy -- which increased by 21 percent as a result.

"To date the second quarter (of which January is the first month) is performing positively; however, as with any airline, visibility remains limited, and part of the positive performance will be due to the timing of Easter," said chief executive Ray Webster.

"As previously indicated, we have had a sound first quarter with load factor and total revenue per passenger little changed from last year," he added.
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Muahaah....arent the airlines concerned about transport issues?
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http://www.economist.com/printeditio...ory_ID=3598896

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From The Economist print edition

How cheap air flights are bringing Europeans together

BRUSSELS is full of monuments to the “builders of Europe”. There is the Schuman district, the Monnet circle, the Spinelli building. It may now be time for a Stelios Square or a Boulevard O'Leary. For in recent years, Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Michael O'Leary, the two pioneers of Europe's low-cost airlines, have done more to integrate Europe than any numbers of diplomats and ministers. They have helped to create a new generation for whom travelling to another European country is no longer exotic or expensive, but utterly commonplace.

On a recent Friday night at Stansted airport, near London, it was easy to see how people's lives have changed. There was Ettore Thermes, an Italian financier, who commutes every week between his home in Rome and his office in London and says “I use the plane like a bus.” Or Suzy Romer, a Scottish student visiting her boyfriend in Bilbao, who noted that “what these airlines do is let you live in two countries at once.” Then there was a group of middle-aged men and women, who schedule weekends away in Europe around the fixtures of Leicester rugby club: that particular weekend they were heading for Bergamo in northern Italy. And there were American backpackers marvelling at the fact that their flights to Barcelona had cost the same as their train tickets from London to Stansted.

None of these people had paid more than £50 ($95) for their flights. All agreed that they were taking journeys, and indeed making choices about their lives, that would have been quite impossible before the low-cost revolution. Indeed Europeans are now so blasé about hopping on a plane that confusion can easily result. Last summer your correspondent got chatting to a British traveller still hanging around the airport in Rodez, in France's Massif Central, more than an hour after the arrival of her Ryanair flight. “My friends will be arriving by boat soon,” she asserted confidently. On further questioning, it emerged that she thought she was on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Confusion, if not perhaps on this scale, is understandable. The network of low-cost routes around Europe is huge. From Stansted that Friday, Ryanair alone was flying to some 70 different destinations, as far apart as Aarhus in Denmark and Zaragoza in Spain. EasyJet was flying to 25 cities, with a further 25 served from Luton. And although the low-cost revolution began in Britain and Ireland, and is still best-established in these two countries, it has now spread right across the continent.

The new EU members in Central Europe are the latest to catch the bug: they have a favourable combination of low labour costs, interesting new destinations and populations eager to taste the new freedom of travelling west without a visa. Wizz is based in Hungary and Poland; SkyEurope flies from Slovakia and Poland. In Germany Lufthansa now has 12 low-cost competitors on domestic routes. Some newcomers such as Air Polonia and Italy's Volare have gone bust, but other new carriers seem to pop up almost every week. The industry is still expanding rapidly. Low-cost airlines carried 80m passengers in Europe in 2004, up from 47m in 2003. They have over 20% of the European market today and may reach 40% by 2010.

The inspiration for the low-cost revolution came from America, and particularly from the success of Southwest Airlines. The British and Irish were the first to pick up on the trend, in the early 1990s. As Anglophone countries, they are often quicker to copy ideas from the United States; and their relatively flexible labour markets, affluent consumers and island geographies also encouraged low-cost carriers. The surge in British holidaymakers buying houses in France is closely linked to the rise of low-cost airlines. And it is not just travellers who feel the benefits. Entire regional economies have felt the impact. The city of Carcassonne in south-west France reckons that the 235,000 passengers who arrive every year on low-cost airlines have created over €270m ($360m) of extra economic activity.


On the downside

Inevitably, there are grumblers. Many believe that rising oil prices and increasing competition must lead to a big shake-out in the industry. Even Mr O'Leary has warned of an impending “bloodbath”. Some of the prices on offer are so low that one wonders wickedly whether some of the airlines might not have a more profitable sideline: smuggling? piracy? But even if a bloodbath did take place, it seems safe to say that the low-cost habit is now so firmly established in Europe that the days of rip-off airfares will never return.

So much the worse, groan environmentalists, who complain that the spread of low-cost airlines is hugely polluting and a prime contributor to global warming. The European Commission in Brussels is looking into raising “aircraft emissions charges” to take account of their environmental costs. The commission is already unpopular with Mr O'Leary for ruling that Ryanair received illegal state-aid from the local government in Charleroi, its Belgian base. The low-cost airlines are also angry about new EU regulations passed last year that could increase compensation for passengers whose flights are cancelled.

Yet nobody should lose sight of the fact that the Eurocrats and the low-cost carriers are natural allies. The conditions for Europe's airline upheaval were created by EU legislation. Through a succession of liberalisation packages, the commission broke the power of national flag-carriers to monopolise routes between and within European countries. It is EU law that allows a low-cost British upstart such as easyJet to compete with Air France on such lucrative domestic routes as Paris-Toulouse. By allowing newcomers to enter the market, Brussels has achieved that rare thing: an unambiguous triumph both for European consumers and for the ideal of “ever closer union” in Europe. When they have stopped arguing with Mr O'Leary, the Eurocrats might consider putting up a statue to him.
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I thought last week, tony davis announced they will fly to Jakarta? even on CNBC interview, he did mention his expanding view is toward Indonesia and Malaysia. So vietnam is new for me.

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That was an unexpected development for me too. I was expecting them to go for bigger markets.
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Business Times - 08 Feb 2005

Private Indian carriers set to fly to Malaysia, Singapore

NEW DELHI - Private Indian carriers are set to fly to Malaysia and Singapore for the first time in a move that could see airfares plummeting in one of the region's busiest sectors, aviation officials said on Tuesday.

India's civil aviation ministry has allowed the country's biggest private airline Jet Airways to operate daily flights between Bombay and Singapore, and Madras and Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, a ministry spokesman said.

It also gave permission to private carrier Sahara Airlines to fly daily between the Indian capital New Delhi and Singapore, and between Madras and Kuala Lumpur.

The ministry also allowed state-carriers Indian Airlines and Air-India more than 1,000 extra seats to Singapore.

'I think prices will go down. There will be healthy competition. Tourism from these countries will also increase,' said Subhash Goyal, president of the private Indian Association of Tour Operators.

Both Jet and Sahara have new planes that are capable of matching the standards of Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines -- something India's state carriers have found hard to achieve.

The new flights are likely to start in March or April ahead of the summer season rush.

Private Indian carriers are scheduled to start operations to London during the summer season.

The Indian government only recently allowed private carriers to fly overseas beyond the South Asian region as many of the route entitlements of state carriers were left unused due to lack of fleet capacity.

The number of flights to each country is negotiated separately. Out of the total flights, private carriers are awarded routes based on their experience and track record.

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AirAsia mulls legal action against S'pore Govt for blocking flights: report

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's AirAsia is mulling legal action against the Singapore Government after it refused to give the airline's Indonesian joint venture permission to fly to the city-state, a news report said on Tuesday.

AirAsia executive director Kamaruddin Meranum was quoted by The Star daily that Singapore's refusal to approve the Awair flights was 'clearly a case of protectionism' to safeguard the interests of Singapore-based airlines.

'Our legal team is looking at the issue,' he said. 'We have suffered undue financial loss because of this and should be compensated.'

Mr Kamaruddin and Singapore officials were not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.

AirAsia, South-east Asia's biggest and only publicly listed low-cost carrier, last year spent a token US$2 for a 49 per cent stake in Awair, which had ceased operating in 2002.

AirAsia now serves routes in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, but hopes to eventually fly to China, India and the Philippines.

But the airline is facing growing competition from rivals in the no-frills sector such as Thailand's Nok Air, Singapore's privately owned Valuair, Singapore Airlines' unit Tiger Airways, and Jetstar Asia, an offshoot of Australia's Qantas Airways.

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That was an unexpected development for me too. I was expecting them to go for bigger markets.
Thats what concerned me about tiger airways, do they really know what they're doing? seems they dont really have good planning for doing expansion.

Anyway, AirAsia will sue CAAS...thats really funny

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/050208/3/1vzd4.html

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I suppose the tsunami got them shaking realising flying only to Thailand is plain dumb! They are trying to fly to the Phillipines and Vietnam now as part of their "geographically diversification" attempts. Yeah...how impressive.

Anyway, I do hope AirAsia sues CAAS!
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Anyway, I do hope AirAsia sues CAAS!
Emm.....why??

Drama ah??
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EU Commission confirms drafting guidelines on aid to regional airports
8 February 2005

BRUSSELS (AFX) - The European Commission confirmed it is currently drafting legally-binding guidelines to regulate state aid to regional airports following its battle with low-cost airline Ryanair PLC last year.

'The Ryanair case was a precedent,' said Stefaan de Rynck, spokesman for transport commissioner Jacques Barrot. 'Following that, we said we would make rules for all 25 member states so that governments and airport managers know what the conditions are if they want to grant state aid.'

Under the new plans, due to be unveiled officially by the commission today, governments would be able to grant state aid to attract low-cost airlines to poorly-served regional airports under certain conditions.

According to a report in the Financial Times this morning, aid would only be allowed to airports with fewer than 5 mln passengers a year.

Last February, Ryanair was ordered by the commission to repay 4 mln eur of state aid given at Charleroi airport in Belgium.

The guidelines will come into force this summer after consultation with member states, De Rynck said.
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