AirAsia is to launch flights between Colombo and
Kuala Lumpur. The new Colombo – Kuala Lumpur route will begin on
15 August 2009 with direct daily flights between the two capital
Promotional all-in fares are offered from
as low as LKR4,090 (RM99) one-way and exclusively available online
via AirAsia’s website.
Booking for promotional
seats ends 14 June 2009 for travel between 15 August 2009 and 30
April 2010. Promotional seats are limited and available on
a first-come, first-served basis.
Head of Commercial, Kathleen Tan said, “Colombo is an important
destination for AirAsia to break into the South Asian market. The
low fares AirAsia is offering will create new demand and stimulate
travel. AirAsia’s entry into Sri Lanka is good timing as the
country enters a new era of peace. We are working
closely with Sri Lanka Tourism to boost the market
because low fares will allow more people to travel. We
are very excited about Colombo – Kuala Lumpur because
there is a strong pent-up demand for the route. There is
also a strong social tie between Malaysia and Sri Lanka
as there is a sizeable Malay community here, while some
Ceylonese have called Malaysia their home.”
AirAsia currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to two
destinations in South Asia – Dhaka, Bangladesh that started in
March 2009, and Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) in South India that
commenced in December 2008. Colombo will thus be AirAsia’s third
destination in South Asia.
be using new technologically advanced and fuel efficient
180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. AirAsia aircraft are fitted with
comfortable leather seats and wide aisles. The airline also offers
a wide variety of hot meals onboard.
Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Bernard Goonetilleke said, “AirAsia’s decision to fly to Colombo
signifies its confidence in Sri Lanka as a tourism destination.
The inclusion of Colombo in a successful and massive network of
destinations signals an impending growth in local tourism. We
expect the entry of this strong player in the field to translate
into healthier earnings for our tourism and tourism-related
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