SEPANG — Nov. 15, 2019: The recent downgrade of Malaysia’s air safety rating to a category 2 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not discourage AirAsia Group from expanding its operations into the United States.
The group’s co-founder and CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the carrier, which has been consistently named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for many years, has so many ways to expand into the large market without Malaysia being the base country.
“We can’t expand to America anymore from Malaysia, but we have so many ways to expand to America. We have AirAsia Japan (for example),” he told a press conference after announcing AirAsia’s partnership with Kiwi.com here today.
On Monday, the FAA downgraded Malaysia’s air safety rating to a category 2, which prevents the country’s airlines from adding new routes to the US.
Asked if AirAsia’s flights to Hawaii are affected, Fernandes said: “Why should it be affected? Check the law. It has nothing to do with that (the restriction on opening new routes or adding services to the US).
“Whatever is in operation (will remain) in operation.” — Bernama