DECEMBER 13TH, 2016
Small Planet Airlines strengthens its presence in Asia
Leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines continues expanding its destinations’ map – after operating in Cambodia for the last couple of years, this winter season the company also started flying from Saudi Arabia and India. To reduce the negative effects of seasonality Small Planet Airlines bases some of its aircraft in Asia for the fourth year in a row.
„In the summer season, we perform most of our flights in Europe. However, in winter we face a challenging question of how to utilize all the fleet of 21 aircraft. Asia came as the best answer because it has a reverse seasonality and its holiday market is growing rapidly. We are glad that in four years we managed to expand our partnerships and offer new destinations”, said Vytautas Kaikaris, CEO of the Small Planet Group.
As for today Small Planet Airlines has two offices in Cambodia, one in the capital Phnom Penh and the second in Siem Reap which also acts as the base airport. Together with partners Sky Angkor and Cambodia Angkor Air, the company is performing domestic flights in Cambodia as well as flying passengers to China, South Korea and Vietnam. In winter season 2016, two Airbus A320 aircraft will be operating from Cambodian base.
Two more A320s have been sent to India’s base Mumbai to perform domestic flights in cooperation with the low-cost carrier Go Air.
Saudi Arabian city Jeddah bases two Airbus A321 aircraft and one A320. Here Small Planet Airlines works together with Nesma Airlines, operating domestic routes from Jeddah to Ha’il, Riyadh, and Dammam.
As for the European market, Canary Islands, Dubai, Egypt, and skiing resorts remain among the main Small Planet Airlines winter destinations. Currently Small Planet Airlines operates a fleet of 21 Airbus-only aircraft and flies from 11 bases in Europe. The 12th base in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will be opened by the end of December this year.