AirAsia X plans to establish a base at London Gatwick Airport (The Star Online, 12-Jul-2011). An announcement is expected on 12-Jul-2011 and the move is for commercial reasons. The major consideration is said to be Gatwick's offer of “irresistible rates” for landing and parking at the airport. Chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani expects the carrier to fly two new routes within a 12-month timeframe.
AirAsia X to move to Gatwick
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