Budget airline AirAsia has announced it will establish a new base in Jakarta, Indonesia. The proposed name for the new base is AirAsia Asean.
The AirAsia statement read: “It has become abundantly clear to us that as we enter our second decade,… we need to pivot to a wider, regional lens from the first decade’s focus, which was largely domestic. In line with this shift in our focus, we have established a regional base in Jakarta. Called AirAsia Asean, the office will be located far enough, physically as well as psychologically from AsirAsia’s airline offices in each of the countries we operate in.”
AirAsia already has regional bases in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand. At present, AirAsia maintains a fleet of 18 aircraft at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. With the formation of the new base, the number of aircraft and routes are likely to increase as AirAsia tries to seize their share of the rapidly growing Indonesian market.