10 August 2010
PETALING JAYA: Long-haul budget airline AirAsia X has set a new sales record for its new destination Seoul, South Korea, with over 80,000 seats snapped up.
The airline recorded over RM20mil in introductory sales for its RM99 fare to Seoul through bookings on its web portal, surpassing those for London, Melbourne and Taipei.
Flights on the new route between Kuala Lumpur and Seoul will start on Nov 1.
Its chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said the airline was thrilled about flying more tourists to Malaysia from Seoul, following the Government’s approval for its flight to Incheon International Airport.
“We are confident that the route will also deliver strong new passenger traffic, similar to the significant growth rates we have recorded for the Melbourne, Perth and London routes which grew by 41%, 66% and 31% respectively last year,” he said.
The airline, he added, expected over 100,000 passengers for its daily Seoul service in the first year of operation.
Azran said AirAsia X had also received overwhelming interest from the Korean public, who were keen to take advantage of the low fares it offered to travel to Malaysia during winter.
“Tourists from Malaysia and other neighbouring countries will also be able to enjoy South Korea during the winter season and opt for a skiing holiday as there are many ski resorts in the country,” he said.
Azran said the airline would also work with the Korea Tourism Organisation and Tourism Malaysia to launch campaigns and offer travel packages to lure in tourists from South Korea.