Airlines Welcomes New Route
Singapore Airlines Thursday welcomed Malaysia's
decision to open the lucrative Kuala Lumpur-Singapore
route to competition from budget carriers AirAsia
and Tiger Airways.
"We welcome the liberalization of the route,"
Singapore Airlines chief executive Chew Choon
Seng told The Associated Press on board the
first commercial flight by the Airbus A380 superjumbo
from Singapore to Sydney.
Airline and Malaysia Airline currently control
the route under a 34-year-old agreement to protect
the two state-run airlines. Their governments
have targeted liberalizing air travel between
Malaysia and Singapore by January 2009.
AirAsia, Southeast Asia's biggest no-frills
airline, has been pushing for permission to
launch flights on the route sooner, saying this
would boost Malaysia's aim of becoming a low-cost