Jetstar is reportedly considering launching an LCC subsidiary in Hong Kong as it increases its focus on the Chinese market (The Australian, 05-Aug-2011). The LCC is reportedly in talks with Hong Kong residents for them to acquire a majority stake in the venture, which is required for airlines to be granted an air operators certificate. "We're looking a range of options across the region and there is much speculation about it," a Jetstar spokesman said. Group CEO Bruce Buchanan has stated that while many LCCs were focussing on Southeast Asia and India, Jetstar saw its opportunities in China and North Asia where the penetration of low-cost carriers remains lower.
Jetstar eyes Hong Kong as base for China
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The CAPA Asia Aviation Summit was held on 16-Nov-2016 and 17-Nov-2016, attracting over 300 delegates. The summit also included a gala dinner on 16-Nov-2016 featuring the CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence.
The remainder of Day 2 featured three panels: on distribution, ancillaries, and a wrap-up of the market outlook.
AirAsia exploring future opportunities in Northeast Asia: Chinese affiliate enticing, but difficult
AirAsia is doubling down its focus on North Asia with a regional office in Hong Kong overseen by former AirAsia executive Kathleen Tan, who is widely credited for AirAsia's strong Chinese relations and growth in China: AirAsia is the largest non-greater China airline company in the country. Across North Asia the opportunities are large, but the challenges equally big. A China-based AirAsia affiliate would appear to be a long term ambition.
More immediately, AirAsia is regaining a local Northeast Asia presence with the launch of AirAsia Japan Mk II in 2017. Although delayed from initial 2015 start-up projections, AirAsia Japan gives the group relevance in a large domestic market and significantly growing short haul international market.
Elsewhere in Northeast Asia the opportunities are mixed. Korea and Hong Kong are becoming saturated and remain protectionist. Macau and Taiwan are unlikely to be big enough to support a local AirAsia unit.