AirAsia is preparing to launch flights between Kuala
Lumpur and Taipei in Taiwan. The new route will begin on 1 July 2009
with five direct flights weekly.
To celebrate the launch fares are being offered from as low as
RM101++ (NT$888++) one-way. The booking period is from 24
April 2009 to 3 May 2009 for travel between 1 July 2009 and 31
The flights will be operated by AirAsia’s
low-cost long haul carrier affiliate, AirAsia X.
Regional Head of Commercial, Kathleen Tan said, “Taipei is the
final piece of the jigsaw puzzle to our oriental network strategy
and we are extremely excited on the potential of this route. In
the past, we have been receiving a lot of requests from our guests
and the travel community in Malaysia and Taiwan, thus we are
really thrilled that this route is now finally happening. Although
shadowed by economic uncertainties, we are confident our ultra low
fares will entice the Taiwanese public and Malaysians who reside,
work and study in Taiwan to be able to fly home to connect with
Taipei is an attractive destination
rich in heritage and history. History lovers should visit the National Museum of History,
situated at the Nanhai educational district of Taipei City. The
museum boasts a wealth of historic collections, namely ancient
calligraphies and paintings. Or visit the 90-year old Red Pavilion
Theater, once an important venue for story-telling and artistic
On a more modern note, Taipei is also
location of the Taipei Financial Centre (101 Building). Standing
at 508 meters tall and housing 101 floors, the building, one of
the tallest in the world, used more
than 72,000 different sizes of glass in its construction.
President of the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre
for Taiwan, Dato’ Abdullah Mohd Salleh, said “To the people of Taiwan, the low cost carrier concept
of AirAsia is perhaps something new. This is a perfect opportunity
to try out the service by AirAsia and to visit Malaysia.
“With the large number of Malaysians
of Chinese origin and who are conversant in various Chinese
dialects, we believe that Taiwanese visitors will find themselves
on familiar ground in Malaysia. Likewise, Malaysian tourists will
feel very much at home in Taipei and for Muslim visitors, finding
halal restaurants and eating outlets in Taipei would not be a very
big problem. Taiwan is also host to about 4,000 Malaysian students
apart from the business and friendship community,” Abdullah added.
Taiwanese visitors to Malaysia must apply for a
social visit visa that costs NT$ 240 that is valid for 2 months.
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