Hong Kong Express Airways

 
Hong Kong Express is flying into rough skies over a city where only 5 per cent of seat capacity is offered by budget airlines. Photo: Dickson Lee

Flights of infancy

The failure of AirAsia Japan last month highlights just how hard it can be for a budget airline to escape the influence of a parent that is a full-service carrier - in this case, its joint-venture partner, All Nippon Airways.