AirAsia to resume operations in Changi Airport’s T4

by AZALEA AZUAR / Pic courtesy of AirAsia

CAPITAL A Bhd’s airline group AirAsia Aviation Group Ltd (AAAGL) will resume its airline operations in Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4).

The first AirAsia flight (AK703) touched down at T4 this morning from Kuala Lumpur (KL) at 8.30am on Airbus A330 with a full load, while the return flight (AK702) departed from T4 en route to KL at 9.10am.

The airline also accounts for more than one in eight of the total number of passengers through Changi Airport’s terminals, being the largest foreign airline group by capacity in the country as it also contributed 51% of T4’s overall seat capacity before the Covid-19 pandemic.

This resumption will allow AirAsia to add more services to meet the growing demand and enable a full recovery to pre-Covid frequencies in the future.

Four airlines in Capital A for its Singapore flights are operated by AirAsia Malaysia (AK), AirAsia Indonesia (QZ), AirAsia Thailand (FD) and AirAsia Philippines (Z2) which in turn connect a total of 168 flights weekly to 12 destinations across Asean.

The group aims to increase the current weekly frequency of its T4 operations to 96% by the end of the year and will also offer flights from Singapore from S$1 (RM3.22) to popular destinations which include KL; Penang; Langkawi, Kedah; Miri, Sarawak; and Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand.

Additionally, guests can also enjoy flights with base fares starting from S$38 with flights via KL and Bangkok to connect to more destinations such as Nha Trang, Vietnam; Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Trichy, India and more.

Capital A CEO Tony Fernandes (centre) said as its third-largest hub, Singapore is an integral market for AirAsia.

“From starting out with just two daily flights in 2008, we increased services significantly to 281 weekly flights pre-pandemic to meet huge demand for affordable travel in the region.

“We are proud to have contributed to the industry’s growth and to have played a pivotal role in making the KL-Singapore route one of the busiest in the world,” he said in a statement today.

Currently, AAAGL is operating 168 flights on a weekly basis, which is about 60% of its pre-Covid frequencies and it aims to reach almost 100% and use a larger A330 widebody aircraft.

Fernandes also explained that the digitalisation of the passenger’s airport experience is more important than ever which is very much in sync with its operations and model.

“With the international travel rebound, no travel restrictions into Singapore and the move to T4, we are optimistic that we will see our pre-pandemic passenger numbers up again soon and foresee continued solid growth in our cargo and logistics operations in the region.

“With our expansive network spanning South-East Asia and Asia Pacific, coupled with a relatively strong Singapore dollar, we expect to see a surge in travel demand to Malaysia, as well as Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and beyond,” he added.

Meanwhile, AAAGL group CEO Bo Lingam (fourth from left) said in 2019, AAAGL carried 4.5 million guests and operated 12 aircraft to and from Singapore.

“We look forward to continued expansion of our services to return to that level or even more in the future.

“We foresee our aviation business performance will continue to improve across all key metrics in the near term as the world continues to reopen with fewer restrictions,” he said.