The FINANCIAL — AirAsia announced the launch of a brand new unique direct flight connecting Kuala Lumpur to Changsha, China. The 10th China destination for AirAsia Berhad will commence operations on 2nd October 2015.
Celebratory all-in-fares from Kuala Lumpur to Changsha is from RM88 one way, and available for booking from 1st – 6th September 2015, for the travel period from 2nd October 2015 – 31st August 2016.
Members of the AirAsia BIG Loyalty Program, or AirAsia BIG Shots will be able to redeem their flights for Kuala Lumpur – Changsha route from 5,110 points one way, according to AirAsia.
Spencer Lee, AirAsia Berhad’s Head of Commercial commented, “China is an important market for AirAsia, and this is a special year as it is the 10th anniversary of AirAsia’s presence in China. We are excited to introduce this destination to our guests, marking our 10th destination into China for AirAsia Berhad; and our 10th new route of the year. We are committed towards growing our presence there, and to maintain our status quo as the largest international carrier to fly into China by capacity.”
This new unique route from Kuala Lumpur to Changsha will be operated by AirAsia Berhad with the airline code AK, further enhancing the existing connectivity between Malaysia and China. AirAsia Berhad is the second operating airline of the AirAsia Group to fly into Changsha after Thai AirAsia (airline code FD), connecting Bangkok to Changsha. As a group, AirAsia flies to 15 destinations in China with a total of 35 routes.
Changsha is the capital of Hunan Province, and is one of China’s mostly rapidly modernising cities. It is the birthplace of Mao Zedong, one of China’s most revered political figures. Infused with nature, history and scenic geographical terrains, visitors are able to explore areas such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wu Ling Yuan (Zhangjiajie) where the Hollywood Blockbuster was filmed.
Another not-to-be-missed attraction is Fenghuang Ancient Town, which consists of 9 towns, 22 counties and 344 administrative villages. It is the home to the minority ethnic groups of Miao and Tujia.
For those seeking to shop till they drop in Changsha, places such as Huangxing Lu Walking Street and Wuyi Square Shopping Centre should be part of the itinerary, while foodies can visit the Fire Palace and Wulipai Street where a variety of street food are available.
Apart from Kuala Lumpur – Changsha, AirAsia has started eight other new routes in 2015 with five routes being unique ones, operated solely by AirAsia. The five unique routes are Kuala Lumpur to Pontianak, Kaohsiung, Pattaya, Goa; and Johor Bahru to Bangkok; while other new routes are from Kuala Lumpur to Visakhapatnam, Dhaka and Maldives.
The airline will also enhance its connectivity from Kuala Lumpur to Chongqing, China with daily flights instead of the current 4x weekly flights; all the additional flights will commence operations on 17th September 2015 onwards. Guests may now book their Kuala Lumpur – Chongqing direct flights, all-in-fare from RM179 until 4th September 2015, with travelling period from 17th September 2015 to 24th October 2015.
AirAsia Berhad (airline code AK) also flies from Kuala Lumpur to 8 other destinations in China, namely Chongqing, Guangzhou, Guilin, Kunming, Nanning, Shenzhen, Macau and Hong Kong, the airline also flies from Kota Kinabalu to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hangzhou, while AirAsia X Berhad (airline code D7) operates flights from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xi’an. Thailand AirAsia (airline code FD) also flies from Bangkok to Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xi’an, Hong Kong and Macau, from Chiang Mai to Hangzhou, Macau and Hong Kong, Krabi to Guangzhou as well as Phuket to Hong Kong.