Asia on a budget


SYDNEY (Centre For Asia Pacific Aviation) - Budget airlines and airport terminals are again in focus in Asia with Malaysia Airports set to open its new Kuala Lumpur LCC terminal in early March - 20 days earlier than Singapore Changi's Budget Terminal. 

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra recently announced a proposal to keep Bangkok's Don Muang Airport operational after the opening in June of the New Bangkok International Airport. Philippine President Arroyo also last week approved a proposal to expand the terminal at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport - a fast-growing LCC airport north of Manila.

Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia has joined the growing list of full service carriers to confirm plans to establish a subsidiary LCC. Garuda's LCC could operate up to 15 narrowbody aircraft and will be based on its existing domestic Citilink operation and possibly involve a strategic partner, though specific ownership details were not disclosed. Air Macau and All Nippon Airways last week announced plans to establish subsidiary LCCs to counter rising competition.

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