AirAsia deploys A330 to fly direct to Maldives, Macao; adds flights to other destinations

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 18): AirAsia Bhd is deploying its Airbus A330 aircraft to fly direct to both Maldives and Macao for a month, in view of strong demand from travellers, while adding flight frequencies to other destinations.

The 377-seat Airbus A330 also features 12 premium flatbeds onboard and AirAsia is now offering promotional fares of as low as RM169 one way on economy seats, and RM599 on premium flatbeds from Kuala Lumpur to Maldives.

Medanwhile, all-in fares for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Macao will start from RM129 one way on economy seats, and from RM500 one-way for the premium flatbeds.

In a statement today, AirAsia said bookings are available from now until April 23, for the travel period from April 19 to May 18.

"Our flights to Maldives and Macao are strong performers and we are pleased to increase the capacity by deploying our Airbus A330 for the period of one month to improve the travel options for guests heading to these two hot destinations,” said AirAsia Commercial Head Spencer Lee.

“This Airbus A330 will provide an increase of 197 seats per flight. We urge guests to use this opportunity to grab the hot deals with more seats, greater values and more services offered,” Lee added.

Meanwhile, the group is increasing its flight frequencies from Kuala Lumpur to destinations like Kaohsiung (to 7 times a week), Siem Reap (to 14 times), Da Nang (to 10 times), Hanoi (to 11 times), Pontianak (to 7 times) and Semarang (to 7 times) to provide more flight options for guests travelling on AirAsia flights, said Lee.

It is also adding new routes which will start soon, including those from Kuala Lumpur to Bhubaneswar (4 times a week), Johor Bahru to Tawau (4 times), Johor Bahru to Langkawi (4 times), and Kuching to Pontianak (7 times).

At 4.34pm, shares in AirAsia were up 8 sen or 2.63% to RM3.12, for a market capitalisation of RM10.36 billion.