AirAsia has said it is delighted about the
announcement by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak
regarding the granting of landing rights in Paris by the French
Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib, who was on a
four-day official visit to France, told reporters in Paris that
French President Nicolas Sarkozy had conveyed approval of the
landing rights in their meeting at the Elysee Palace.
“The French government’s approval places AirAsia
in a significant position, in line with the plans by AirAsia X to
expand our operations in Europe,” said AirAsia X CEO Azran.
Currently, AirAsia X flies seven times a week to London-Stansted,
the airline’s sole destination in Europe.
X had initially considered launching a route from Kuala Lumpur to
Nice, France, next year but with this latest news, the airline
will re-calibrate its strategy as we now have an opportunity to
fly to Paris. We will work closely with the relevant authorities
to make this flight a reality.”
“The date for the
launch of our flights to Paris will be decided upon completion of
further discussions with the relevant officials. We will provide
more updates as further developments arise,” added Azran.
AirAsia X operates out of
Kuala Lumpur. The airline extends AirAsia's short-haul success to
the long-haul segment.
In addition to London, AirAsia X operates flights to cities in Australia and China as well as
to Taipei, Taiwan. In November, the airline will operate its first
route to the Middle East, with the inaugural flight to Abu Dhabi.
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