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Spring Airlines to expand fleet, eyeing foothold in Beijing's new airport

08/11/2016| 3:48:58 PM|

Spring Airlines plans to expand to 100 aircraft by 2018 to meet growing market demand, but rules out possibility of launching future long-haul intercontinental routes.

Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines plans to expand its fleet to 100 aircraft by 2018 to meet growing market demand, according to chairman Wang Zhenghua.

The Shanghai-based LCC plans to boost flight frequencies on routes to Thailand and open a new route to Kuala Lumpur. The company is also applying for an international route to Indonesia from Shenzhen. 

However, Mr. Wang ruled out the possibility of opening future long-haul intercontinental routes.

Wang also expressed a strong interest in Beijing new airport, which is scheduled to open in 2019. “We hope we can get better opportunities in Beijing new airport,” he said.

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