Thai AirAsia X looks at secondary Eastern European markets as door opens to European flights

    Thai AirAsia X plans to add three or four A330-300 aircraft and expand services in Asia and Eastern Europe in 2018, following the expected removal of the ICAO ‘red flag’ rating for Thailand and after securing EASA approval (Bangkok Post, 28-Aug-2017). CEO Tassapon Bijleveld said: “We are readying our growth plan once the red flag issue is over”. The airline intends to resume Sapporo service and increase Osaka, Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Naritafrequency and is considering new destinations in countries including AustriaCroatia, the Czech RepublicHungary and Poland. Mr Tassapon said: “We are not looking at major European cities like London, FrankfurtAmsterdam or Paris, which are highly competitive with little chance of making money” and added: “Realistically, embarking on Eastern European flights would take six months”.