AirAsia is starting a thrice weekly service between Kuala Lumpur and the southwestern Chinese city of Nanning from December 11.
The flight will leave the Malaysian capital on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1325, landing in Nanning at 1645. The return leg will leave at 1730 and arrive back at Kuala Lumpur for 2050.
AirAsia is the first airline to offer direct flights between these two cities. Earlier this month, the airline also launched flights between Bangkok and Wuhan, and together with the Nanning, this means it serves 22 Chinese destinations.
Located close to the Vietnamese border, Nanning plays an important role in linking China with other Asean nations. Its exhibition centre is the permanent host of the annual China-Asean exhibition (CAEXPO), a meeting between the Asean Secretariat and the Chinese premier.
“We are confident that flight loads will pick-up once we open this new destination for sale,” said Kathleen Tan, AirAsia’s group head of commercial. “Especially with the importance of Nanning as a city that works closely with the Asean countries to promote investment and trade.”
Nanning is the capital of the Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which has abundant mineral, timber and agricultural resources and, therefore, has attracted significant investment.
The city has six industrial development zones. Two of the most important are the Nanning National Economic and Technological Development Area and the Nanning New and Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.
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