AirAsia X adds Tianjin route

4 Apr 2009

AirAsia X has added the city of Tianjin, near Beijing, in China to its international routes and announced plans to expand its services from Kuala Lumpur into other mainland Chinese destinations.

The airline is the long-haul sister of low-cost carrier AirAsia and opened the Kuala Lumpur-London route last month.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said the group would fly to ten destinations in China this year, starting with Chengdu and Xian soon. The group’s current China destinations include Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guilin and Haikou as well as the Special Administrative Regions of Hongkong and Macau.

Malaysian transport minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said the country was committed to liberalising the air services sector and gaining more landing rights for Malaysian carriers in other countries. India was a key target he said.

Fernandes said the Tianjin service was the tenth new route operated by the AirAsia group in the past month. The AirAsia chief has also said the airline plans two further routes to be added from Singapore.

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Kenny Coyle

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