Friday, September 08, 2006

AirAsia boosts flight frequency to Sabah and Sarawak

Due to strong demand, AirAsia Berhad (AirAsia) will be doubling its capacity for East Malaysia routes including introducing new routes periodically to meet the demand from these sectors.

With two hubs in place in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, the leading low fare airline is set to take on an aggressive role in pursuing route network expansion within the region out of these two hubs, a press release from the company stated.

With the government-initiated domestic rationalisation in place, the airline is on track to support efforts to develop the aviation industry and the East Malaysia hubs can be utilised to closely monitor the capacity to better respond to market demand and to further stimulate inter- and intra-state travels. A second aircraft will be placed in Kuching hub from September 18, while the Kota Kinabalu hub will receive its second aircraft on September 22.

In line with the expansion plan, AirAsia will service new flights to Sandakan twice daily from its Kota Kinabalu hub effective September 22.

Kathleen Tan, Executive Vice President - Commercial said, "Increased frequencies mean providing travellers with more flight options and to stimulate market growth. We believe this is just as important as connecting people from one point to another.

"Allow us to assure the people of Sabah and Sarawak that we are looking into all the possibilities of introducing more new routes and we urge the public to bear with us while we continue to strengthen our East Malaysia route network and operations."

"With the year end festivities coming up, our hubs hope to cater to greater demand from families travelling together for holidays, students travelling home as well as foreign tourists. Now with AirAsia's low fare, there are no more excuses not to fly," she added.

As a celebration of the new Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan route, AirAsia is offering promotional fare starting from RM9.99 and members of the public are encouraged to book early. The sale of tickets is now available for travel period between September 22 and March 24, 2007 and bookings can be done through

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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