AirAsia X has confirmed it will move its UK base to Gatwick Airport.
From October 24th the Malaysia-based long-haul carrier will offer six flights a week to low fare affiliate of AirAsia has announced Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).
The decision to switch from Stansted is designed to maximise commercial opportunities and to drive increased traffic flow between UK and Malaysia, explained the carrier.
AirAsia X passengers will also be given a wider choice to travel onwards and connect domestically and internationally via Gatwick airport.
AirAsia X launched its maiden flight into Stansted International Airport (London) in March 2009.
AirAsia X chief executive officer, Azran Osman-Rani said: “Our aim has always been to open up travel for all.
“The popularity of the London-KL route is further testament to the pent-up demand for long-haul travel, provided the fares are low and the quality is high. That is the combination that we at AirAsia X are offering our guests.”
The route will be serviced by AirAsia X’s Airbus A340-300, which has 327 seats including 18 Premium Fly Flat bed seats.
Gatwick Airport chief executive, Stewart Wingate said: “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 world’s top ten leisure destinations and its capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most visited cities in the world.”
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