7-Sep-2012 2:42 AM

AirAsia X interested in Tokyo Narita daytime slots: CEO

AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani, speaking at CAPA's LCCs & New Age Airlines in North Asia Conference in Macau, stated (06-Sep-2012) the carrier would be interested in launching service to Tokyo Narita if slots become available. Air Asia X now operates a daily service from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Haneda using late night slots at Haneda. A service that turns around at Narita during the day would allow AirAsia X to offer domestic connections operated by new sister carrier AirAsia Japan, which is based at Narita. AirAsia X's Kuala Lumpur-Haneda passengers are now unable to self-connect with any domestic carrier given the late arrival time of the flight. Mr Osman-Rani says there is sufficient demand for Tokyo origin or destination passengers to continue to support the Haneda flight but "if there are daytime slots available at Narita then absolutely we'd be interested".