PETALING JAYA: Budget carrier AirAsia has announced that it will be flying from Penang to Hong Kong starting Aug 10, 2023.
This route marks the airline’s seventh direct international route from Penang and is set to further boost regional inbound tourism to the state, bolstering an already thriving state tourism industry.
In a statement, AirAsia said the three weekly flights would add to a total of 217 flights weekly from Penang to both domestic and international destinations.
AirAsia Malaysia chief executive officer Riad Asmat said the carrier was excited to reconnect Penang to Hong Kong after launching it for the first time in 2009 where they established Penang as a hub at the same time.
“We are also thrilled to be the only low-cost carrier connecting both islands directly, providing more value and greater accessibility to our guests. This is an exciting historical route for AirAsia and we anticipate a remarkable response from both leisure and business travellers alike.
“AirAsia Group has the largest international connectivity from Penang with a market share of 40%. This expansion not only strengthens AirAsia's foothold beyond Asean but also reinforces our commitment to fostering economic growth through tourism. We look forward to working closely with the state government to support the tourism industry and stimulate air travel to the Pearl of the Orient,” he said.
In celebration of the route announcement, AirAsia is offering promotional fares starting today from RM299 all-in one-way for travel period from Aug 10 to Oct 26, 2024.