Malaysian low-cost carrier Air Asia X has completed its switch from London Stansted to Gatwick airport ahead of its scheduled increase to six times weekly services between London and Kuala Lumpur from December 14 (see online news July 12).
Flights have commenced from Gatwick South Terminal to Kuala Lumpur and will operate three times weekly during November, before increasing to five times weekly from December 2 and eventually six flights from December 14, before returning to five from January 27 until March 24 2012. For the full flight schedule see below.
The route is being served by the carrier’s Airbus A340-300, which has 327 seats including 18 Premium Fly Flat bed seats. Air Asia X’s Premium Fly Flat beds have a 20” width, 60” pitch and extend to 77” in full recline position. Premium seat guests also benefit from complimentary seat selection, priority check-in, priority boarding, baggage allowance and a meal.
Long-haul routes to South-East Asia have not been served out of Gatwick for some time but customers will now be able to fly direct to Kuala Lumpur and connect onto Air Asia’s South East Asian network. Vietnam Airlines is also about to serve the region with the launch of its twice weekly flights from Gatwick to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, commencing December 9.
Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s commercial director said: “South-East Asia is an important destination for UK business and leisure travellers and so we are excited that Air Asia X has chosen to operate the popular London-KL route from Gatwick and enable us to meet growing passenger demand for travel to this region.”
The route is now available for purchase at airasia.com and at the time of writing return fares for the end of November were £566 in economy and £2101 in Premium. Flights throughout February are currently as low as £358 return on a promotional fare, £584 in economy and £1683 in premium.
Report by Scott Carey
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