Singapore Changi is third busiest airport in AirAsia Group’s network
AirAsia now has airlines based in several countries across Asia; namely India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand. Not surprisingly the airline group’s two busiest bases for flights are in Kuala Lumpur (where AirAsia launched in January 2002), and Bangkok (where the local Thai AirAsia subsidiary began operations in February 2004). Analysis of the airline group’s busiest airports in February 2015 reveals that its third busiest airport is in a country where it does not have a base, Singapore.
The AirAsia Group operates between 36 and 44 departures per day from Singapore Changi Airport, for a total of 280 per week. This ranks it fourth at the airport behind Singapore Airlines (741), SilkAir (337) and Tiger Airways (334), but ahead of Jetstar Asia which currently operates 249 departures per day.
Singapore flights started in 2004; rapid expansion since 2009
AirAsia Group first began operations to Singapore in 2004 with the launch of daily flights from Bangkok in February. Until 2008 it was only the Thai subsidiary (Thai AirAsia) that offered flights to Singapore, but it was joined in 2009 by both AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia. In 2009 AirAsia (based in Malaysia) became the Group’s leading airline in Singapore, a situation that has remained unchanged in the subsequent years. Last year saw the first (small) reduction in AirAsia Group seat capacity at the airport.
25 routes; 18 still operating in 2015
In total the airline group has launched routes to Singapore from 25 destinations across its network, including two at the end of January 2015 from Lombok and Solo in Indonesia. However, while both of these new routes appear in the airline’s on-line timetable, only flights to Solo are currently bookable. In addition, Surabaya services are currently suspended pending the outcome of the investigation into the accident of flight QZ8501. As a result, of these 25 destinations, 18 should be served in 2015. Of the seven dropped links three are from airports in Malaysia, two in Indonesia and one each in the Philippines and Thailand.
|Launch date||Destination||Country||WF now*|
|16 February 2004||Bangkok (BKK/DMK)||Thailand||42|
|5 November 2007||Phuket (HKT)||Thailand||7|
|1 February 2008||Kuala Lumpur (KUL)||Malaysia||65|
|14 August 2008||Pekanbaru (PKU)||Indonesia||Dropped 29 October 2009|
|1 November 2008||Kota Kinabalu (BKI)||Malaysia||7|
|24 March 2009||Bandung (BDO)||Indonesia||19|
|1 June 2009||Penang (PEN)||Malaysia||21|
|31 July 2009||Langkawi (LGK)||7|
|9 September 2009||Miri (MYY)||4|
|10 September 2009||Tawau (TWU)||Dropped 27 March 2010|
|24 January 2011||Chiang Mai (CNX)||Thailand||Dropped 21 May 2012|
|15 December 2012||Clark (CRK)||Philippines||Dropped 22 September 2013|
|7 February 2013||Semarang (SRG)||Indonesia||4|
|1 July 2013||Ujung Pandang (UPG)||Dropped 29 November 2013|
|14 August 2013||Medan (KNO)||Resumes 1 August 2015|
|25 November 2013||Krabi (KBV)||Thailand||7|
|21 April 2014||Kota Bharu (KBR)||Malaysia||Dropped 24 October 2014|
|22 April 2014||Kuala Terengganu (TGG)||Dropped 25 October 2014|
|28 January 2015||Lombok (LOP)||Indonesia||3^^|
|29 January 2015||Solo (SOC)||3|
|Source: anna.aero’s New Route Database *Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 2 February 2015. ^Currently suspended. ^^Appears in airline’s website timetable but is not currently bookable.|