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AirAsia to fly KL?Colombo from 15 August

11th June 2009 - 13:16 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


AirAsia is to boost its international connectivity by adding a route between Colombo and Kuala Lumpur.

The new Colombo–Kuala Lumpur route will begin on 15 August with direct daily flights between the two capital cities. Also, the airline is offering through GoHoliday a "Buy 1 Night, Free 1 Night" promotion at selected partner hotels in the Malaysian cities of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

AirAsia regional head of commercial, Kathleen Tan commented, “Colombo is an important destination for AirAsia to break into the South Asian market. The low fares AirAsia is offering will create new demand and stimulate travel. AirAsia’s entry into Sri Lanka is good timing as the country enters a new era of peace. We are working closely with Sri Lanka Tourism to boost the market because low fares will allow more people to travel.”

AirAsia currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to two destinations in South Asia – Dhaka, Bangladesh, which started in March 2009, and Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) in South India which began in December 2008.

The carrier will be using 180-seat Airbus A320s to serve the route.

Photo shows: Kathleen Tan, regional head of commercial, AirAsia (2nd from left), presents to HE Rosli Ismail, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Sri Lanka (2nd from right), a model AirAsia aircraft during a media conference announcing the new route. Bo Lingam, regional head of people, quality and excellence, AirAsia (left), and Bernard Goonetilleke, chairman of Tourism Sri Lanka (right) also celebrated the occasion.

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