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Malaysia's AirAsia in talks to launch flights to Dubai

3 Oct 2014 05:16:07


AirAsia, the Malaysian low-cost carrier, is in talks with Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce and Marketing (DTCM) to launch flights to the emirate as early as next year.

"œWe are definitely interested in Dubai," Tony Fernandes, chief executive of AirAsia, told Gulf News in an interview on Wednesday.

Executives from the Malaysian carrier have met with DTCM officials this week including with the Director-General Hilal Al Merri, according to Fernandes, who was in Dubai on Wednesday to speak at the Africa Global Business Forum. He said he had met with officials from DTCM on the sidelines of the conference.

Fernandes said he believes AirAsia, which has built a brand around the low-cost model, could create its own niche in the Dubai market "œeven though Emirates is so strong."

Read full story: gulfnews.com

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