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Cambodia Angkor Air plans expansion
Japanese LCC Vanilla Air was looking at
international destinations in South-East Asia
-- which could mean an intermediate stop
from its Tokyo Narita base. "If we would fly
to South-East Asia, in some destinations, we
need intermediates stop outside and inside
Japan," said Nobuhiro Murooka of Vanilla's
planning department, network planning
group. One possibility would be Okinawa
Airport. As well as the ASEAN region, the
carrier is also looking at Hong Kong.
The LCC has six A320s in its fleet as of
March, which will increase to eight Airbus
A320s by March next year, and ten by end
of 2015. Okinawa, meanwhile, will have
a second runway by 2020, in time for the
Cambodia Angkor Air has ambitious route
development plans, including flights to India,
Japan, South Korea and Singapore over the
next few years.
The current fleet consists of four Airbus
A321s and three ATR 72-500s, but will be
expanded to seven of each type by 2015.
It's international network for its Phnom Penh
base consists of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh
City in Vietnam; Bangkok Suvarnabhumi in
Thailand and Guangzhou and Shanghai
Pudong in China. It has a second base in
Siem Reap, serving the same five destinations.
It also has a domestic network linking the
country's three airports -- the third one being
the coastal resort town of Sihanoukville.
It plans to launch services from Phnom
Penh to Japan later this year, either to Osaka
Kansai or Tokyo Narita, and is also looking
at Singapore, Seoul Incheon and Indian
services from the capital. From Siem Reap,
it's looking to fly to Singapore and the Thai
resort of Phuket.
The carrier was launched in 2009 as the
country's flag carrier (replacing the previous
Royal Air Cambodge, which went bankrupt
in 2001.) Vietnam Airlines holds a 49%
stake in the carrier, with the rest being
held by the Cambodian Government. The
Vietnamese carrier is a codeshare partner.
It has grown at an annual compound
growth rate of 72.6% from 2009 to 2013,
and expects to grow by 20% per year from
Cambodia Airports, meanwhile, is planning
to double capacity at its two international
airports in 2015. Phnom Penh and Siam
Reap will both see their capacity go from
2.5 million to 5 million thanks to new
infrastructure. Meanwhile, the country's
third airport, Sihanoukville, is looking for
international services, with possibilities
including Thailand's Bangkok Airways,
Malaysia's Firefly and LCC AirAsia Indonesia.
ROUTES ASIA NEWS IN BRIEF
Royal Brunei Airlines is "looking to
make sure its Boeing 787s are well
used," according to Karam Chand, chief
commercial and planning officer. A fourth
787 is due to arrive in late April.
The carrier's first route for the Dreamliner
was London Heathrow (via Dubai),
launched in December last year. The third
787 is serving Melbourne, and Jeddah
flights will be launched in May using the
Dreamliner. The Dreamliner's have been
replacing 777-200s (on a one-for-one
basis) that were on lease from Singapore
Airlines -- the last one will be returned to
Singapore in May.
Korean Air is launching nonstop service
to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental
Airport in May -- its 11th US route from its
Incheon hub. The four-times-a-week route
will be served by a Boeing 777-200.
Shortly after the show, the carrier
announced it'll resume service to the
Siberian city of Irkutsk, with a twice weekly
service starting May 19 using a 737-900.
Chicago O'Hare was at Routes Asia
looking to add to its already sizeable
Asian connections, looking in particular
at secondary Chinese cities and South-
East Asia. Possibilities include Philippine
carriers, now that the country has
been removed from Category 2, and
Singapore Airlines. Another possibility
is a United Airlines service to Chengdu
in China -- the US carrier already serves
China's fourth largest city from San
Francisco. Chicago is a hub for both
oneworld and the Star Alliance.
Birmingham International Airport in the UK
was promoting its new runway extension
to 3,003m, which would put it in the
"Far East range" according to marketing
director, Jo Lloyd. Biman Bangladesh is
starting services in June, while the airport is
interested in services to the likes of China,
Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Lloyd pointed out that the West Midlands
hinterland of the airport is the only part of
the UK with a trade surplus with China,
and points to the opportunities for freight as
well as passengers.
Tokyo Narita International Airport says
that it may not be able to cater for all LCC
demand in its new budget terminal, and
that priority would be given to LCCs based
at the airport. Jetstar Japan and Vanilla
currently operate out of Narita.
The budget terminal, due to open in
2015, will have a capacity of 7.5 million,
and 50,000 slots per year. Passenger
service facility charges will be around half
those for the main terminals.
The total number of slots at Narita per
year will be increased from 270,000 to
300,000 next year.
Oman Airports was attending Routes Asia
looking in particular for Asia-Pacific low-
cost carriers. Cebu Pacific is evaluating
a Manila-Muscat service, which if it gets
the go-ahead will be served by an Airbus
LCC Norwegian was scouting for long-haul
low-cost destinations in the Asia-Pacific.
It currently serves Bangkok, but would be
interested in other Thai destinations as well
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