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AirAsia plans capacity growth of 17-20% in 2013

AirAsia Bhd is targeting 17 to 20 per cent capacity growth for this year.

Chief executive officer Aireen Omar said the growth should be in line with its workforce's growth to cater to its expansion plan.

“We are taking in 10 aircraft this year and are growing substantially. This would stimulate traffic for the group.

“We will see an increase in flight frequencies as well as new destinations from our existing points and to points that have been established by our affiliates within the region,” Aireen said.

She was speaking to reporters after the signing of a partnership agreement between AirAsia and Manipal International University, an entity of Manipal Education Malaysia (MEM), for human capital development and upscaling of human talent competencies in Malaysia.

Aireen said each new aircraft would require 40 additional workers and that there was a need for a steady supply of human capital that covered all aspects of the businesses to meet rising demand.

“We believe the venture will not only benefit Malaysia but we are also focusing on regional growth,” she said.

At the moment, AirAsia has 10,000-strong workforce in the region, with 5,000 to 6,000 of them in Malaysia.

“We are looking at building a pipeline of potential employees for AirAsia and we will work with AirAsia in aligning the relevant syllabus with competencies and soft skills prescribed by the the organisational culture of AirAsia,” said Manipal Education Malaysia managing director and chief executive officer Iskandar Mizal Mahmood.

Iskandar said MEM provided a suite of education facilities and services with total investments of over 650 million ringgit (US$213.49 million) and that the first phase of its over 140-acre campus in Nilai was now open.

“This year, we are hoping to seal several partnerships which include five global giant companies and four local firms,” he said.

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