PETALING JAYA: AirAsia X has announced the opening of a new direct route from Kuala Lumpur to Amritsar as part of its expansion plan in India this year.
Starting from Aug 16, 2018, the low-cost carrier will operate four weekly return services between Kuala Lumpur and Amritsar in northern India on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
This route has the potential of an annual capacity of 156,832 seats between Kuala Lumpur and Amritsar.
Amritsar is the third destination in India for AirAsia X and the 21st destination in India for AirAsia Group.
AirAsia X's two other destinations in India are New Delhi and Jaipur.
"Many Sikhs and Punjabis have been asking us to fly direct to Amritsar, home to the world famous Golden Temple, and we are pleased to be able to offer this direct service to this holy city," said AirAsia X chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail in a statement on Tuesday (May 1).
He added that this new route offers them the possibility of expanding into Europe and North America.
Punjab Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Navjot Singh Sidhu said having AirAsia X flying directly to Amritsar is important to Punjabis all over the world, adding that it is a preferred destination not only for the Punjabi diaspora but also for many foreign tourists.
"We welcome AirAsia X to Amritsar, and we are happy that Punjabi diaspora and foreign tourists from destinations within the wide network of AirAsia including Australia and New Zealand will be able to travel to Amritsar and Punjab," he added.
To mark the opening of the new route, AirAsia X is offering promotional all-in fares from as low as RM199 one-way for the economy seat, and RM699 one-way for Premium Flatbed seats from May 2 until May 13 for the travel period between Aug 16 and Oct 27.