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TAA seeks right passenger mix

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As it gears up to cash in on China's fast-growing out-bound travel demand, Thai AirAsia (TAA) faces a tough task in striking a balance between Chinese and non-Chinese passengers. 

The no-frills carrier's flights between Bangkok and Chongqing (inaugurated on March 23) and Wuhan (Oct 19) are 80-90% filled with Chinese, underscoring an excessive reliance on passenger traffic for those nationals.

Such a heavy dependence makes Thailand's largest low-cost carrier (LCC) vulnerable to flying empty aircraft, especially when events such as the political unrest of recent years leads Beijing to issue an advisory against travel to Thailand.

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