AirAsia is set to begin services to Macau from its hub in Bangkok International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) respectively. The Bangkok- Macau flights will commence on 15 June 2004, and will be operated by AirAsia’s operation in Thailand.Ê Macau will be AirAsia’s 3rd international destination out of Thailand, after Singapore and Malaysia. AirAsia will offer daily flights from Baht 999 one way for the new Bangkok-Macau service.
Commenting on this exciting new development for travellers in Asia, Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia said, “We recognize the tremendous potential in Macau as a tourist centre and with the existing infrastructure and lower operational costs, AirAsia’s low fare provides a winning formula for the Bangkok-Macau route. We’re excited to commence services to Macau and we are confident that our low fares will boost tourism and bring a brand new travel experience to the people of Macau and the neighbouring region.”
Earlier this year, AirAsia’s joint venture with Shin Corp in Thailand has spurred many people in Thailand to travel domestically and internationally. The airline has carried over 200,000 guests since February. AirAsia Thai operations presently offers daily flights to Phuket, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani (Vientiane, Laos), Chiang Rai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Singapore, Johor Bahru, and Kuala Lumpur from Bangkok International Airport. The airline will commence a third Malaysian flight to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from June 1st onwards.
AirAsia will also introduce a direct flight servicing Kuala Lumpur- Macau by end June. The new service will be the first ever direct flight offered by any airline to link the two cities. Low fares for the Kuala Lumpur- Macau service will start from RM 99 one way.
AirAsia has revolutionized air travel in Malaysia and Thailand with the introduction of its low fare model and spurred the demand for low fare travel in the region.
In less than 2 years, AirAsia has grown from 2 modest Boeing 737-300 to 15 and is now operating over 100 domestic and international daily flights from 3 hubs in KL International Airport and Johor Bahru in Malaysia; and Bangkok in Thailand. To date, AirAsia has carried over 4 million guests since it was launched in December 2001.