06 July 2009
KUALA LUMPUR-- AirAsia on Monday announced a new service from Penang to Hong Kong starting July 31 as part of the budget carrier's plan to establish Penang as its eighth hub.
According to the airline, the service is timely and will be well received by many as it has great advantage due to its extensive route network and low fares.
AirAsia is also increasing its second frequency to Singapore from Penang to cater to the demand from leisure and business travellers.
The new sector to Hong Kong and the introduction of second frequency to Singapore opens for sale for the booking period from July 7 to 12 for the travel period from July 31, 2009, to April 30, 2010.
AirAsia said in a statement today that it will be offering an all-in-fare from RM99 to Hong Kong and RM51 to Singapore to mark the launch of these sectors.
The airline, through its holiday division GoHoliday, is offering guests free rooms upon booking at its partner hotels in Hong Kong.
The promotion is valid via goholiday.airasia.com and available on a first come, first served basis.
"At a time when some airlines are cutting routes and downsizing capacity, we are breaking the trend with our aggressive expansion plans, increasing frequencies where there is proven demand, which certainly is for the Penang-Hong Kong and Penang-Singapore routes," said the airline's regional head of commercial, Kathleen Tan.
"We are also hoping to introduce new sectors to Shenzen and Guangzhou from Penang in the future," she said.
Tan said the Hong Kong route formed part of AirAsia's strategy to establish Kuala Lumpur as a gateway to other Asian destinations.
The airline's relationship with its long-haul affiliate AsiaAsia X will also connect traffic from Australia and the United Kingdom to the Chinese cities, she said.