If a company could ever symbolise the development of the Asean bloc as it prepares for economic integration in 2015, AirAsia might stake a large claim.
Tony Fernandes’ low-cost Malaysia-based airline not only connects much of the region but has also been instrumental in lobbying governments for better coordination between states.
Perhaps more importantly, AirAsia, Asean's biggest low-cost carrier, is on the frontline in a battle that has stymied the region for years namely the parlous state of infrastructure.
“The problem is infrastructure,” Raman Narayanan, AirAsia group head, Asean affairs and government relations, told FinanceAsia. “Every airport in Asean...