Alan Joyce’s flawed “pan Asia” strategy has hit another road block with Hong Kong’s Air Transport Licence board rejecting Jetstar Hong Kong’s appeal to to obtain a licence. It would seem with this setback the fledgling start up will only ever be a “paper airline”.
In their ruling, the authority issued this statement on 25 June 2015:
“The Air Transport Licensing Authority today (June 25) announced the decision of the public inquiry to consider the application by Jetstar Hong Kong Airways Limited (JHK) to operate scheduled air services.
JHK’s application was objected to by Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited, Hong Kong Airlines Limited and Hong Kong Express Airways Limited and a public inquiry was held on January 23 and 24 and February 14 this year.
Having considered all relevant information including submissions and evidence JHK and the objectors presented at the public inquiry, the Authority decided that JHK did not comply with Article 134(2) of the Basic Law in having its principal place of business in Hong Kong and that JHK’s application be refused.”
Just a few weeks ago, the Jetstar Group’s CEO, Mr Jayne Hrdlicka still remained confident the airline would get approval. It has proved to be a costly “project” with commitment to aircraft that sat dormant, without ever having received any form of approval.