Thai Air Asia is looking to launch up to three new routes to China this year.

As reported by Bangkok Post, the airline’s chief executive Tassapon Bijleveld believes that the move will help Thai Air Asia to grow by 18 per cent – exceeding the industry’s overall projected growth of 12 per cent.

While the low-cost carrier has not announced which Chinese destinations it will begin serving later this year, Tassapon has confirmed that the airline is looking at secondary cities that have been earmarked for growth potential and overall travel demand.

The move will expand Thai Air Asia’s already-strong presence in China, which sees it operate flights to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xian, Kunming, Changsha, Shantou, Hangzhou, Nanning and Nanchang.

Thai Air Asia is aiming to serve 16.9 million passengers in 2016, up from the 14.8 million last year. To do so, the airline will look to add five to six new aircraft to its fleet every year, with half of these used to operate new routes.

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Clement Huang