Monday, April 21, 2008

AirAsia expands flights into Ho Chi Minh

AirAsia expands flights into Ho Chi Minh
AirAsia officially held a double celebration on 18-Apr-08 to mark the low-cost carrier’s entry from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City. AirAsia currently operates direct daily flights from the Kuala Lumpur hub and two weekly flights from its Bangkok hub. Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh flights will be increased to four times weekly commencing 27-Apr-08. Together, AirAsia Group has a combined of 11 flights weekly to Ho Chi Minh.

AirAsia group is aggressively expanding and strengthening its network in Indochina. Collectively the low cost carrier has nine points into Indochina, including Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Vientiane, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh from Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh, Yangon, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh from Bangkok.

AirAsia Group services a combined 101 routes and 53 destinations, while AirAsia X, AirAsia’s long-haul low-lost affiliate services two international destinations.

Dato’ Pahamin Ab Rajab, Chairman of AirAsia, said “20,000 seats have been snapped up since we opened the Kuala Lumpur–Ho Chi Minh on 12-Mar-08 and Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh on 03-Mar-08.”

Meanwhile, Mr Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, commented “We started with only two flights on 04-Apr-08 and will add third and fourth flights on 27-Apr-08.”

To date, AirAsia group has carried over 49 million passengers and has grown from a two-aircraft fleet to 70 today, all within a short span of six years in operation.

© Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. Date posted: 21-Apr-08

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