The new base for the airline is set to further increase passenger traffic from London to South East Asia with six flights weekly from Gatwick Airport by mid December.
AirAsia X’s decision to switch from Stansted to Gatwick Airport was to maximise commercial opportunities at Gatwick, to ultimately drive increased traffic flow between UK and Malaysia, and also the various key feeder markets within AirAsia’s network in Asia Pacific which the airline has proven at Stansted airport.
AirAsia X guests will be given a wider choice to travel onwards and connect domestically and internationally via Gatwick airport. Public transport and accommodation facilities are easily accessible via Gatwick for guest stopovers or for those heading towards central London and the surrounding region.
AirAsia X launched its maiden flight into Stansted International Airport (London) in March 2009. The low-cost long haul airline is currently operating six times a week between Stansted and Kuala Lumpur. The route has fast turned Kuala Lumpur into a regional hub connecting three continents, with UK based travellers flying into the Malaysian capital and connecting onwards to the popular South East Asia destinations such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.
AirAsia X Chief executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani said, “Our aim has always been to open up travel for all. The popularity of the London-KL route is further testament to the pent-up demand for long-haul travel, provided the fares are low and the quality is high. That is the combination that we at AirAsia X are offering our guests.”
Meanwhile Gatwick Airport Chief Executive, Stewart Wingate said, “We are seeing more and more Britons choosing to travel long-haul, and in particular to explore countries in South East Asia. Malaysia is ranked as one of the world’s top ten leisure destinations and its capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most visited cities in the world. We are absolutely delighted to have AirAsia X on board to connect Gatwick to this popular region.”
The route will be serviced by AirAsia X’s Airbus A340-300, which has 327 seats including 18 Premium Fly Flat bed seats.
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