Asian-Pacific Airlines Take on a Leading Role

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The AAPA has indicated that Asian airlines are poised to play a bigger role in the air transport industry. Online travel specialists believe that this will benefit travellers heading to Asia.

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With more people travelling to Asia than ever before, this market is poised to have a much greater impact on the way the entire industry operates.

A recent release by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, a trade association for international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region, indicates that carriers in the area are growing in influence. Representatives of the AAPA believe that these airlines are prepared to take on a bigger role in shaping the air transport market. Alex Francis of Travelmatch, the online travel experts, comments: “With more people travelling to Asia than ever before, this market is poised to have a much greater impact on the way the entire industry operates.”

The AAPA report demonstrates significant growth of Asia-Pacific carriers in the past year: 185 million international passengers travelled with them in 2010, a figure which constitutes a 13% increase over 2009. Additionally, there was a 4.1% rise in capacity. According to Francis these numbers reflect the general strength of airlines based in the area. He comments: “This growth is very significant as it shows that these companies will no longer be bit players; indeed, they are poised to be very significant entities that will help make travel more affordable and efficient.”

Francis believes that the growth of airlines in the Asia-Pacific region will ultimately benefit people from the UK who are looking to travel to that part of the world. He concludes: “From our perspective the real winners are the passengers. More airlines providing excellent flights only serve to increase competition and lower rates. Our customers use our website in order to take advantage of these factors and find flights which are affordable and convenient – the growth of airlines within this area will help them find even better prices. Given the recent popularity of holidays to Thailand, Malaysia and other Asian-Pacific destination, this is very good news indeed.”

About Travelmatch:
Travelmatch is a new travel discovery engine that helps inspire customers by matching their requirements to a wide range of holidays, hotels, flights, cruises, villas or city breaks. Unlike other travel sites, customers are not required to choose a destination, date or budget before they can begin searching. Customers are able to make informed decisions by exploring photos, user reviews, maps, events and activities and other fun things relevant to their chosen travel product. Travelmatch, which closed its first funding round in 2010, is based in Notting Hill, London.


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