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AirAsia jets sit on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 24, 2016. (Photo by Yumi Kotani)

AirAsia quenches Asia's thirst for budget travel

After conquering Southeast Asia, CEO Fernandes eyes more routes, Chinese market

CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer | Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR  AirAsia's phenomenal growth is far from over. The superstar of cheap air travel in Asia is already the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' largest budget airline by fleet size after having leveraged its hub-and-spoke model to connect numerous cities. Now, as the region's middle class grows, the airline is eyeing new routes and markets, including China.

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