KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 (Bernama) -- AirAsia Malaysia has strengthened its commitment to Indonesia by resuming its flight services from Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh, Padang and Pekanbaru on Oct 1 and adding services from Penang to Bali-Denpasar for the first time starting Oct 20 this year.
The carrier said the latest routes are a strong testament to AirAsia's pledge to the local governments of Aceh, West Sumatra and Riau to open international services from their main provincial airports.
“The new services are also in response to strong demand by local communities from both countries which share cultural similarities and familial ties and will boost tourism and creative economy in the regions,” it said in a statement today.
Chief executive officer Riad Asmat said Indonesia is a core market for the airline and it is glad to be back by launching four new routes with an additional eight weekly flights, on top of six existing routes.
This brings the number of flights to Indonesia to 66 weekly.
“As an airline group with extensive connectivity in ASEAN and the Asia Pacific, together with our affiliate Indonesia AirAsia, we are thrilled to continue playing our role in bringing foreign tourists directly to various popular and underserved cities in Indonesia and Malaysia.
“We are excited to reconnect these cities to Kuala Lumpur and Penang, bringing tourists from Malaysia, reconnecting families, and serving business travel,” he said.
Riad said the group is confident that these new services will be popular both ways and provide numerous spin-off effects to the local communities through the multiplier effect of tourism spending as well as increasing employment opportunities.
Flights for Kuala Lumpur-Banda Aceh, Kuala Lumpur-Padang, Kuala Lumpur-Pekanbaru and Penang-Bali are now available for booking starting from RM189 all-in one way on the airasia Super App, as well as conventional and online travel agents.
AirAsia Malaysia now flies a total of 10 routes to Indonesia -- from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Makassar, Yogyakarta, Padang, Pekanbaru and Banda Aceh, as well as from Penang to Jakarta and Bali -- with plans to increase services to existing and new destinations in line with strong demand in the future.
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