AirAsia strengthens regional network

AirAsia is introducing another international route to Taipei, encouraged by strong passenger traffic on its recently launched Kuala Lumpur-Taipei route.

The airline announced this week a direct daily flight between Bangkok and Taipei from September 25. The new service will use an Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a capacity of 180 Economy seats.

“With this direct connection, we give Taiwanese travellers more destination options with our low fares,” said Kathleen Tan, regional head of commercial at AirAsia. “We are tapping into new markets – especially the young working adults and families – to travel to Thailand, which is a popular leisure destination.”

To mark the start up, a special one-way fare of NT$690 (US$21) is available online until August 11 for travel between September 25, 2009 and January 9, 2010.

Meanwhile, AirAsia will be ramping up flight frequency between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne.  Starting December 1, four additional flights will be deployed on the route, raising the total number to 11 flights weekly. The low-cost carrier cited “strong and growing demand from its guests”, with almost 100,000 passengers having flown the route since its launch in November 2008.

These additional flights from the Malaysian capital to Melbourne will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, while those from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

In line with the increased frequencies, AirAsia is offering seats on one-way flight between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne from MYR149 (US$43). Tickets are available online until August 9 for travel between December 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010.

For online booking details of the Bangkok-Taipei service and the Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne service, click here and here.

Joshua Tan


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