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AirAsia to launch Kota Kinabalu - Hong Kong; Fares from HK$ 299

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AirAsia is to launch direct daily flights between Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia and Hong Kong on 1 June 2010.

To celebrate the new route, AirAsia is offering all-in-fares for Kota Kinabalu to Hong Kong from as low as RM139 (HK$299) one way. Booking is available from today until 18 April 2010, for travel between 1 June 2010 and 13 February 2011.

AirAsia launched its first route connecting Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur in 2008 with only one flight per day. Due to the overwhelming demand from travellers to and from Hong Kong, the airline increased its frequency on this route to three flights daily within the span of two years. Following its successful launch, AirAsia continued to boost its international connectivity to Hong Kong by launching more new destinations from its hubs regionally which include Bangkok (two flights daily), Phuket (one flight daily), Penang (four flights weekly) and the latest addition - Kota Kinabalu (one flight daily). This brings AirAsias total number of weekly flights to Hong Kong from the hubs to 53.

Ms Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial AirAsia group said, With the presence of growing Chinese ethnic population in Kota Kinabalu who are willing to spend more on leisure and a growing interest in East Malaysia to explore metropolitan cities like Hong Kong, we believe that this is a strategic move to create interest and stimulate tourism demand for both cities. Kota Kinabalu famed for its natural wonders and its scenic beauty is equally captivating to Hongkies. This would also further boost intra domestic travel to Miri, Tawau, Sandakan, Penang, Kuching, Johor, and Kuala Lumpur from the hub. In fact, we have studied the growing travel interests from both ends and its a perfect fit with AirAsia as the integral connecting bridge.

The new route will be serviced with an Airbus A320 aircraft with a 180 passenger capacity.

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