AirAsia X, the Malaysian-based long-haul low-cost airline is to launch direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hangzhou, China, with five return flights per week beginning 4th February 2008. The latest service is the airline’s second long-haul destination after Gold Coast, Australia which was launched in November last year.
Famed for its natural beauty and considered by many to be the most beautiful city in China, Hangzhou – the capital of the Zhejiang province is situated just 180 km outside of Shanghai. It is one of South East China’s main economic and transportation hubs and one of China’s most important tourist destinations, which is evident from the 1.5 million foreign visitor arrivals recorded in 2007.
AirAsia X will offer fares starting from RM99.99 or CNY199.99 for one way travel to Hangzhou from Kuala Lumpur. This special promotional fare is available until 20 January 2008 for the travel period between 4 February 2008 and 28 March 2008. The fare quoted excludes airport taxes, surcharges and fees etc.
Azran Osman-Rani, CEO AirAsia X, said “As one of China’s most prosperous and economically significant cities, it is a strategic addition to the AirAsia X network. Given its popularity among customers from our existing AirAsia and AirAsia X destinations, we are confident that there will be solid demand for the Hangzhou route, which serves the Zhejiang province and the neighbouring Greater Shanghai metropolitan …. Hangzhou is the gateway to major cities like Shanghai and Suzhou. It is also as an ideal destination for a scenic holiday, a place for tea and nature lovers and also a metropolitan city at the same time. We also look forward to welcoming people from Hangzhou to visit Kuala Lumpur, home to one of the tallest skyscrapers in the word, the Petronas Twin Towers, premier shopping complexes, magnificent outdoor parks and varied entertainment outlets. Our country is also well-known for its beautiful beaches, delectable cuisine and unique cultural heritage.”