AirAsia X to Move London Base to Gatwick Airport

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Beginning 24 October 2011, AirAsia X will move its flights between the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Kuala Lumpur and Stansted International Airport to London Gatwick Airport.

To mark the occasion, AirAsia X is offering one way all-in fare from as low as RM1,039 (338) for economy seats and one way all in fares from as low as RM 3,429 (930) for Premium Fly Flat bed seats through online bookings made from 13 24 July 2011 for travel between 6 February and 6 June, 2012.

AirAsia X launched its maiden flight into Stansted International Airport in March 2009. The low-cost long haul airline is currently operating six times a week between Stansted and Kuala Lumpur.

The route has fast turned Kuala Lumpur into a regional hub connecting three continents, with Australians and New Zealanders flying into the Malaysian capital and connecting on AirAsia X to London. And British and European travellers using AirAsia Xs service to Kuala Lumpur, in turn, hop onto AirAsias extensive route network to travel at low fares throughout South-East Asia, to such popular destinations as Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.

AirAsia X Chief executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani said, Gatwick Airport was chosen as it demonstrated the passion to work with us in realising our objectives to grow passenger traffic between our hubs in Asia Pacific and London. With our new home base in Gatwick, guests would be able to further benefit from the airports destination served, airline diversity, and beyond market connectivity potential with faster and cheaper rail connectivity to the city as compared to Stansted. AirAsia X sees strong potential for the airport as we believe our entry will address the fact that direct services to Asia is significantly underserved from Gatwick.

Gatwick Airport Chief Executive, Stewart Wingate added, We are seeing more and more Britons choosing to travel long-haul, and in particular to explore countries in South East Asia. Malaysia is ranked as one of the worlds top ten leisure destinations and its capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most visited cities in the world. We are absolutely delighted to have AirAsia X on board to connect Gatwick to this popular region and give the 450,000 Britons who travel to Malaysia each year the opportunity to fly with an airline that offers a high quality service at prices people can afford.

The route will be serviced by AirAsia Xs Airbus A340-300, which has 327 seats including 18 Premium Fly Flat bed seats.

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