AirAsia Malaysia to Increase Flights to
Numerous Cities in China
AirAsia has unveiled plans to increase flights
to China as demand continues to accelerate.
Malaysia (AK) will resume flights between Kota Kinabalu and
Hangzhou with a thrice weekly service slated to take off on 2 September
AirAsia Malaysia currently flies 14 routes to/from China
with over 104 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Guilin, Quanzhou,
Guangzhou, Kunming, Shenzhen, Nanning, Shantou and Macao; Kota
Kinabalu to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Beijing and Macao; and
Johor Bahru to Guangzhou.
“The resumption of flights from Kota Kinabalu
to Hangzhou aligns perfectly with our commitment to connecting
second-tier cities to the world as part of our commitment to serve
the underserved. We are also planning to increase the frequency of
this route to seven flights weekly starting in October based on
demand,” said AirAsia Malaysia CEO, Riad Asmat. “The enhanced connectivity will not only boost high-value
travellers arrivals into Malaysia but also provide crucial support
to Malaysia's domestic travel demand. We look forward to expanding
our connectivity and frequency between Malaysia and China from
other hubs as well in the future.”
AirAsia X Malaysia (D7) is also boosting
flights from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing (Daxing) from four to five
per week beginning 1 September, from Kuala Lumpur to
Shanghai from four to seven flights weekly commencing 15
September, and from Kuala Lumpur to Hangzhou from three to four
flights per weekly starting 30 September 2023.
AirAsia X Malaysia currently
flies four routes to/from China with over 22 flights per week from
Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu (Tianfu), Beijing (Daxing), Shanghai, and
Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia X Malaysia CEO, said, “In addition to
fostering additional links, further enhancing trade, tourism and
investments between the two countries, the increased frequencies
of our flights on the most popular routes will also optimise our
efficiencies, which results in increased fleet utilisation for
AAX. This means our guests can not only experience less costs and
spend less time waiting but importantly, have more time exploring to make the most of their trips.”
The average number of
guests carried per flight (load factor) for both AirAsia Malaysia
(AK) and AirAsia X Malaysia (D7) flights to/from China was about 80
percent in July.
Several of the strongest performing routes were
Kuala Lumpur-Shanghai, Kota Kinabalu-Guangzhou, Kuala
Lumpur-Nanning and Kota Kinabalu-Wuhan, which are expected to record up to 95 percent
load factors in the coming months.
Both airlines have sold
more than 320,000 seats between China and Malaysia from March to
early July this year, which is about 30 percent compared to the
same period pre-COVID in 2019.
About 75 percent of the seats sold
are going to Chinese nationals, a clear sign that the country of Malaysia continues
to be one of the preferred destinations for tourists from China.
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