24 Nov '11, 11am

Jetstar eyes China expansion

SINGAPORE: Jetstar Airways, the budget unit of Qantas, has set its sights on expanding in China next year to overtake competitors like AirAsia. It flew its first flight to the capital Beijing on Thursday, and said China will be its prime growth market in 2012. Jetstar is the first to make a Singapore-Beijing flight on a budget fare, although AirAsia-X's Bejing launch may not be far off. Jetstar is now level-pegging with rival AirAsia on China destinations. China is becoming an increasingly important market for Jetstar. Capacity to mainland China increased 30 per cent in 2010, and will further increase by 150 per cent this year with flights to Beijing starting Thursday, and to Guangzhou from next month. According to the Singapore Tourism Board, China is the second largest source of visitor arrivals into Singapore behind Indonesia (between Jan- June 2011). A fact not lost on...

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