AirAsia to increase Frequency to Daily between KL and Yogyakarta

AirAsia is increasing its capacity between Kuala Lumpur and Yogyakarta in Indonesia by launching direct daily flights from 15 April 2008. The low-cost carrier currently serves the route with four flights per week on AirAsia’s new 180-seater Airbus A320.

Yogyakarta is AirAsia’s 13th entry into Indonesia alongside with other cities such as Bali, Balikpapan, Banda Aceh, Bandung, Batam, Jakarta, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Pekan Baru, Solo and Surabaya. The airline carried over 3.8 million guests between April 2004 and February 2008 to Indonesia.

Dato’ Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia Berhad said, “The soaring load factor has allowed AirAsia to operate daily flights to Yogyakarta and guests may start booking online for our daily flights from 13th March, 2008 ………… We have been promoting Yogyakarta heavily to Malaysians and across the region and have launched several major regional marketing campaigns among others include ‘Free Seats Campaign’ and ‘AirAsia Big Sale’. These campaigns which among others highlighted the city of Yogyakarta were advertised in more than 10 countries and we are certain that Yogya will definitely leverage from the huge exposure gained from these initiatives. AirAsia have also incorporated Yogyakarta in other forms of our communication materials to create better awareness locally and abroad. The huge similarities between Indonesian and Malaysian cultures, climate, and food have also enabled us to foster stronger ties between our friends and families from both countries.”

H.R.H Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, Governor of Yogyakarta Special Province added, “We are indeed honored that AirAsia has chosen our city which is synonym with the tagline ‘cradle of the Javanese culture’ for its latest service. This rapid expansion in Indonesia is also timely to coincide with ‘Visit Indonesia Year 2008’ ………… Yogya has recorded the second highest of inbound tourist arrivals after Bali. With our outstanding historical and cultural heritage and renowned for being the centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture, Yogyakarta is also known as one of Indonesia’s most important centres for higher education. On behalf of the People of Yogyakarta Special Province, the arrival of AirAsia is a cause for celebration as we continue to cheer a higher load factor for both ways in the future.” concluded H.R.H Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X.

From 13 to 23 March, 2008 travellers can enjoy a promotional fare of MYR 29 (IDR 79,999) for the travel period beginning 15 April, 2008 to 15 May, 2008. Fares exclude all fares, taxes etc.

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