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AirAsia adds over five million seats for China, India and Malaysia flights in 2024

Publish date: Mon, 27 Nov 2023, 04:17 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 27): AirAsia on Monday announced an expansion of its services covering China, India and Malaysia, totalling 230 weekly flights for the first quarter of 2024, with up to 5.2 million seats per year.

The increase in capacity via AirAsia Malaysia and AirAsia X Malaysia comes in response to the anticipated surge in travel demand, following the announcement of a 30-day visa-free entry for travellers from the two countries to Malaysia from Dec 1, 2023, Capital A Bhd chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said.

The announcement also coincides with the recent announcement of the easing of travel restrictions for Malaysians to China from Dec 1 this year.

“The 30-day visa-free entry for the citizens of China and India will surely provide a welcome boost for Malaysia’s tourism and its economy, ahead of the upcoming peak travel season, while boosting economic bonds between these great nations,” Fernandes said in a statement here on Monday.

“As a vital player in the aviation sector, we stand ready to add capacity to support demand for affordable and accessible air travel in the region.”

AirAsia Aviation Group Ltd group CEO Bo Lingam said the group see this as an opportunity not only to enhance regional connectivity in two of the carrier's largest markets, but also to act as a catalyst for significant economic growth.

"With an estimated 4.6 million guests expected to travel on our extensive network of 26 routes in China and India in 2024 alone, we are ready to play a pivotal role in achieving Malaysia's ambitious tourism targets of 25 million international tourists annually,” he said.

Reportedly the largest foreign low-cost carrier in China, both AirAsia Malaysia and AirAsia X Malaysia fly 17 routes into the country, with a total of 156 flights weekly. AirAsia and AirAsia X fly from Kuala Lumpur to Guangzhou, Quanzhou, Kunming, Guilin.

The two airlines have also increased frequencies to nine routes into India, with a total of 74 flights weekly, where AirAsia flies from Kuala Lumpur to Bengaluru, Kolkata, Cochin, Hyderabad, Chennai, Trichy, and Trivandrum, a new destination from February 2024.

Meanwhile, the China Embassy in Malaysia also announced that Malaysian citizens holding ordinary passports who enter China for business, tourism, family visits and transit purposes can enjoy visa-free travel for up to 15 days from Dec 1, 2023 to Nov 30, 2024.

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