Qunar to launch its own low-cost carrier
Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd, China’s second-largest online travel agency, is setting up a Shenzhen-based low-cost airline in partnership with two other companies from the city, in an apparent response to recent bans on its sale of flights for some major airlines.
Air China China’s flagship carrier, announced that it would suspend sales of air tickets by authorized agents using Qunar startingMarch 1.
At the end of December, Qunar also sawits cooperation ended with China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Capital Airlines, after a growing number of customer complaints on issues including prices, bundling tickets with insurance without pre-notice, and cancellations.
Air ticketing has been one of Qunar’s fastest-developing income streams with revenues from flight and flight-related sales hitting 596.6 million yuan ($93.9 million) during the third quarter of 2015, a 91.2 percent rise.