AirAsia flies to Maldives

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Maldives.net.mv – AirAsia has launched its first ever flights to the Maldives. The inaugural flight was welcomed with by top officials of travel industry and the government.

Malaysian low-cost carrier’s long-haul unit, AirAsia X, will operate four weekly flights to the island nation, via the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. Services will operate every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on a split schedule, departing Kuala Lumpur at either 0920 or 1120 depending on the day.

The new route also marks the start of flights to Colombo from KL, adding to AirAsia’s existing Bangkok-Colombo service.

“We are truly grateful for the support that the government, airport and tourism bodies in Maldives have given us and hope our partnership brings more traffic into Maldives from Sri Lanka and Malaysia in future. Similarly, we hope to increase tourism traffic from Maldives and Sri Lanka into Malaysia,” said Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X. “In addition to our affordable fare offerings, our new Fly Thru destinations for the route would also enable Maldivians to connect seamlessly via our Kuala Lumpur hub to Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Osaka in Japan. This will further stimulate feeder traffic within the AirAsia X network.”

The AirAsia X’s Fly-Thru service allows guests to easily connect between two different flights via the Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal without having to worry about checking in twice.

Ibrahim Saleem, Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Ltd said, “We are indeed honored to have such a reputed airline and we are confident that AirAsia X will add values to our airport and we will fully support Air Asia X in every way. I would like to convey our special thanks on behalf of Maldives Airports Company Ltd to AirAsia X team for choosing Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in their route expansion and I wish AirAsia X all the best in their future endeavors. AirAsia X’s new route to INIA would boost the Maldivian tourism and trade benefiting the economy.”

AirAsia X will operate the KL-Colombo-Malé-KL route using its twin-aisle Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which offers 377 seats – 12 in business class and 365 in economy. Ticket prices start from USD 130 for one way to Kuala Lampur from Malé.

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