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Penang becomes new AirAsia international hub

1st June 2009 - 10:46 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


AirAsia has inaugurated its newest international route from Penang to Singapore. The route opened for sale on 27 April.

The Penang–Singapore route is aimed at encouraging more travel between the two destinations and to increase tourism activities which in turn bring constant benefits to the economy of both countries. AirAsia expects to carry 60,000 guests on this route by the year-end.

Apart from the Penang-Singapore route, AirAsia is also celebrating its inaugural daily flight from Langkawi to Singapore and its eighth daily flight from Kuala Lumpur to the city state.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes remarked, “We anticipate this new route to stimulate more travel between these two destinations and enhance tourism activities. Based on current statistics, the response from the public is very encouraging for this route. To date, 17,000 seats have been sold since we opened the route for sale, and the numbers are still growing. I believe we have successfully established a long awaited, important ‘bridge’ between Penang and Singapore for both leisure and business travellers.

“As the Asean airline, flying to Singapore is very important to us. We hold on to the belief that we cannot claim to be an Asean airline if we do not fly to Singapore, as the map would not be complete. Now with Singapore as our ‘virtual’ hub, we are delighted to bring all Asean nations closer than ever, via our extensive network and terrific flight frequencies,” he concluded.

Besides Singapore, Penang also connects guests to other international destinations such as Bangkok, Jakarta, Medan and Macau. Domestically, guests can connect to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Johor Bahru.

The new route will be operated with Airbus A320s.

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