AirAsia strengthens Penang hub with two new routes

TRAVELLERS can now look forward to more flights with AirAsia, which marked another milestone with two inaugural flights from Hanoi, Vietnam, and Phuket, Thailand, into its Penang hub at the Penang International Airport.

AirAsia Malaysia Head of Commercial Spencer Lee said the airline was pleased to strengthen its Penang hub further with the two new routes, where it has flown over 11 million guests in and out of Penang since 2015.

“We are happy to share that we are leading the market in Penang with 68% of direct routes as of April this year and looking forward to continuous tourists arrivals,” said Lee during the ceremony to celebrate the inaugural flights at the Penang International Airport on Sunday.

The inaugural flight from Hanoi was received by Penang Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Arts Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin and Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan.

To mark the occasion, AirAsia is offering celebratory promotional all-in-fares from RM119 from Penang to Hanoi, and RM79 from Penang to Phuket, available for booking until July 8 for the travel period between July 2 this year to Jan 31 next year.

Guests can visit or use the AirAsia mobile app on iPhone or Android devices to enjoy the special promotional fares.

“With the direct flights from Hanoi and Phuket, we can expect more tourists arriving from these two cities and the upward trend in Penang tourism is a good indicator for a robust economy in the immediate foreseeable future,” said Yeoh.

The four-time weekly direct flights from Hanoi and daily direct flights from Phuket are the seventh and eighth new routes launched by the airline into Penang, further strengthening its Asean footprint through connectivity aside from the Kuala Lumpur hub.

AirAsia currently operates 307 weekly flights one-way into Penang International Airport. In addition to Hanoi and Phuket, AirAsia also flies internationally from Penang to Jakarta, Singapore, Medan, Ho Chi Minh City, Surabaya and Bangkok as well as five domestic routes including Penang to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi.

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