AirAsia Malaysia will resume direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Shantou and launch a new direct route from Kota Kinabalu to Beijing (Daxing) in June and July, respectively. The airline plans to extend its weekly flights to 317 in June and July by introducing new routes from Kuala Lumpur to Shantou, Kota Kinabalu to Beijing (Daxing), Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Xi’an, and Cebu to Shenzhen.
With a 45% market share, AirAsia’s short-haul expansion strategy is to expand the company’s position as the leading foreign low-cost carrier in China. In May, the airline company would operate 287 weekly flights from Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines to 35 routes in China.
Along with the new direct flights, the resumption of flights to/from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanning, Wuhan, Kunming, Macao, and Hong Kong allows AirAsia to align its international network and complement the medium-haul connectivity to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing (Daxing) served by AirAsia X Malaysia (D7).
AirAsia is giving discounted all-in one-way prices from RM369 from Kuala Lumpur to Shantou and from RM459 from Kota Kinabalu to Beijing (Daxing) to commemorate the route resuming and new route opening. Promotional rates are available for booking on the airasia Super App and airasia.com from today to 16 April 2023, for travel between 17 April and 28 October 2023.
AirAsia Malaysia (AK) now operates 11 routes from Kuala Lumpur to Guangzhou, Kunming, Shenzhen, Nanning, Macao, and Hong Kong, as well as from Kota Kinabalu to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, and Hong Kong. AirAsia X Malaysia (D7) connects Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing (Daxing) via three routes.
AirAsia Thailand (FD) now operates 16 routes from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Chongqing, Chengdu, Changsha, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Kunming, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Nanjing, Macao, and Hong Kong; and from Chiang Mai to Beijing (Daxing), Changsha, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong. AirAsia X Thailand (XJ) operates a single flight from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Shanghai. AirAsia Philippines (Z2) serves four destinations from Manila: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macao, and Hong Kong.
Flight Schedule between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Shantou (SWA):
Flight Schedule between Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and Beijing (Daxing) (PKX):
AirAsia’s continuous expansion in China indicates the airline’s dedication to expanding its footprint in the region, giving travellers more options, and encouraging tourism between the two nations. AirAsia is well-positioned to capitalise on the expanding demand for air travel in China and the Asia-Pacific region, thanks to its low-cost model and extensive network.