Malaysia's AirAsia plans to take on lease 15 additional aircraft to meet travel demand from China now that it has reopened its borders, the CEO of the budget carrier's parent company Capital A said.

"We are so bullish on growth that we're in negotiations now to sign 15 new aircraft from lessors," Tony Fernandes told Reuters on the sidelines of an event. "The fact that we are talking about new planes means things are coming back." (Reporting by Xinghui Kok; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)