AirAsia will be expanding its presence in China with three new routes to the southern regions of the country.
From Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia Malaysia will launch new flights to Quanzhou and Guilin while AirAsia X wil add Chengdu-Tianfu to its network.
The new Kuala Lumpur-Quanzhou flights will start on June 18 with a twice-weekly schedule while the thrice-weekly flights to Guilin will start the next month on July 18. AirAsia X's flights to Chengdu-Tianfu will start twice weekly from July 1 before being increased to thrice-weekly from July 4.
“Following the recent opening of China to the world and strong pent up demand, our rapid expansion into China continues and we are proud to connect millions of guests not only to major destinations but also to underserved second-tier cities and launch unique routes such as Quanzhou and Guilin. China remains a key market for our future growth and we will continue to review a number of other potential Chinese routes that we hope to be in a position to announce soon,” said Riad Asmat, CEO, AirAsia Malaysia.
Benyamin Ismail, CEO, AirAsia X Malaysia added: “China has always historically been one of our core destinations for medium haul air travel and our newest route to Chengdu (Tianfu) serves as the foundation for more AirAsia X flights to China in the near future, which will significantly boost our North Asia network. As China is rapidly bouncing back, we expect to launch even more flights to/from the country as well as increasing frequency on the most popular and profitable routes within our network in the short to medium term.”
Combined, AirAsia will operate 15 routes with 129 weekly flights between China and Malaysia.