18 April 2010
AirAsia will start direct service from Kota Kinabalu to Hong Kong starting June 1 this year, further expanding its international connectivity from East Malaysia.
To celebrate the introduction of the new route, AirAsia will be offering all-in-fares for Kota Kinabalu Hong Kong from as low as RM139* (HKD299) one way.
Booking starts from 12th to 18th April 2010, for the travel period from 1st June 2010 to 13th February 2011. Promotional seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis and made exclusively online via www.airasia.com and mobile.airasia.com.
AirAsia launched its first route connecting Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur in 2008 with only one flight daily. Due to the overwhelming demand from travellers to and from Hong Kong, the airline increased its frequency for this route to three flights daily within the span of two years.
Following its successful launch, AirAsia continued to boost its international connectivity to Hong Kong by launching more new destinations from its hubs regionally which include Bangkok (two flights daily), Phuket (one flight daily), Penang (four flights weekly) and the latest addition from Kota Kinabalu-Hong Kong (one flight daily).
This brings AirAsia’s total number of weekly flights to Hong Kong from the hubs to 53. Ms Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial AirAsia group said: “With the presence of growing Chinese ethnic population in Kota Kinabalu who are willing to spend more on leisure and a growing interest in East Malaysia to explore metropolitan cities like Hong Kong, we believe that this is a strategic move to create interest and stimulate tourism demand for both cities."
By Edu H. Lopez
manilla bulletin publishing corporation