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Monday September 3, 2012

AirAsia to fly daily from Bangkok to Wuhan

FROM Oct 19, AirAsia will further spread its wings across the skies of China with new daily flights from Bangkok to Wuhan.

AirAsia group commercial head Kathleen Tan said the Chinese market was a key target for AirAsia this year, while noting that Thai AirAsia had been successful in penetrating the country so far.

She noted that the Bangkok-Chongqing route, which was launched earlier this year, had quickly gained popularity and enjoyed an average of 80% passenger capacity.

This achievement emboldened AirAsia to add more destinations in China both for tourism and business travellers.

“We chose Wuhan as our latest destination as it is a gateway to central China and further adds to our connectivity.

Off we go: Thai AirAsia commercial director Santisuk Klongchaiya (second from right) and Tan announcing the new route
recently. Off we go: Thai AirAsia commercial director Santisuk Klongchaiya (second from right) and Tan announcing the new route recently.

“We are confident that the Bangkok-Wuhan route will be another popular choice.

“Wuhan is a city of rich history as detailed in the story Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Fans of the epic tale should not miss the opportunity to visit the city. The city also makes a great jumping-off point to explore the nearby region,” Tan said.

AirAsia launched the destination with special promotion all-in-fares that were snapped up immediately after they were announced.

There are more promotional all-in-fares from RM341 one way from Bangkok to Wuhan up for grabs at www.airasia.com.

The tickets are available for booking from today until Wednesday for the travel period from Oct 19, 2012, to May 22, 2013.

Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei province in central China. The city has a long history of over 3,000 years and is currently an industrial metropolis producing automobiles, machinery and weaponry as well as being a major producer of tobacco.

It is home to many interesting travel destinations such as the Yellow Crane Tower, a five-story structure offering impressive views of the Yangtze River and the experience of a watchman during the times of the Three Kingdoms; Guiyuan Temple, the site of a Guan Yin statue flanked by statues of her 500 disciples all made of clay covered in pure gold, and Wuhan Museum, Hubei province’s important museum displaying artifacts such as ancient Chinese bell instruments crafted 2,400 years ago.

Wuhan is also known as the City of Lakes, which include the majestic East Lake, a 88 sq km body of water that takes up a quarter of the city and is six times larger than its counterpart, the Xihu Lake (West Lake).

It is said that the East Lake takes on a different look each season, so a visit to Wuhan any time of the year is a unique experience.

Visitors to the city between March and April will also be welcomed by cherry blossoms throughout the city. Wuhan provides exciting shopping opportunities and a variety of food.

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