Growth in the number of airports in Southeast Asia has failed to keep up with a surge in demand by passengers. For many passengers daily, this is the reality of flying around parts of Southeast Asia, where growth in the number of airports and related infrastructure has failed to keep up with a surge in demand. A mushrooming of regional budget airlines vying for limited take-off and landing slots at these airports is making competition among carriers fiercer than ever and raising safety concerns. But new technologies promise to alleviate at least some of the pain in the short term.
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Animals and people are wandering onto runways across Asia—especially in India and Indonesia where planes are taking off in places that, until recently, were rural. Although rarely deadly in recent years, the incursions are a big concern because they force pilots to make high-risk decisions after striking cows, antelopes or even men on motorbikes. The animal lodged in the engine cowling, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff at the last moment. A year earlier, a Lion Air jet struck two cows on a runway on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
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Among those feeling the crunch, Thai Airways reported an 83 percent drop on Thursday in its year-over-year first-quarter profits due to declining passenger yields and the appreciation of the Thai baht against major currencies. Thai Airways president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said the U. The carrier now awaits cabinet approval to acquire 38 new aircraft as part of a seven-year fleet modernization plan. While the airline blamed intense competition for the 4. The airline will continue to increase frequency on existing routes rather than add flights to new destinations.
Share This:. While pushing for new flight distance records and expanding airports in the region to keep up with growing demands on the industry, Asian airports have continued to maintain their status as the best in the world. Regional carriers also bagged new global recognition for their services.