Singapore Changi is third busiest airport in AirAsia Group’s network

AirAsia Krabi to Singapore

Airlines of the AirAsia Group have launched 25 routes to Singapore since the airline’s first service to the country back in 2004. Flights from Krabi in Thailand began in November 2013, and the airline now offers daily flights from there to Changi Airport. Singapore is now the AirAsia Group’s third busiest city for flights, though a long way behind Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

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.

Chart - AirAsia Group's top 12 airports Weekly departures in February 2015

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 2 February 2015.

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.

Chart - AirAsia Group at Singapore Changi Airport  Annual seats (millions) 2004-2014

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi.

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
Kuching (KCH)
24 March 2009 Bandung (BDO) Indonesia 19
Denpasar (DPS) 28
Jakarta (CGK) 28
Yogyakarta (JOG) 7
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
Surabaya (SUB) 4^
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.
AirAsia BIG

AirAsia may not have a subsidiary based in Singapore but it does have its own country specific loyalty programme, called BIG. Launched in September 2013 in collaboration with DBS Bank and StarHub (a telecommunications operator) it is the airline’s fourth country specific loyalty programme after Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.


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