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Langkawi to Become New Hub for AirAsia

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The popular tourist destination of Langkawi in Malaysia is to become AirAsia's newest international hub.

Langkawi was the airlines first route to be operated in 2001 and it currently serves 3 routes from the island, with 98 flights weekly.

There are currently five AirAsia hubs in Malaysia; namely Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Johor Bahru, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

Langkawi will be AirAsias sixth international hub in Malaysia. 

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia said, We plan to put five planes in Langkawi and generate approximately 1 million to 1.5 million passengers through Langkawi very quickly. We will obviously focus on ASEAN destinations and gradually expand the connectivity to China and India, which are both very strong routes. It is exciting news for the state of Kedah and exciting news for job creation as we will base pilots and cabin crew in Langkawi.

The Minister of Transport of Malaysia, Dato Sri Liow Tiong Lai, said, I am very happy with AirAsias announcement to turn Langkawi into one of its international base. It has been the Prime Ministers dream, as well as my own dream to see Langkawi become a full-fledged international airport. I am confident AirAsia has the capabilities to grow Langkawi and turn it into a top holiday destination, even better than Phuket or Bali and eventually make Malaysia one of the favourite tourism destinations on the global map.

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