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Thai AirAsia to Launch Flights to China

Thai AirAsia is to launch flights between Bangkok and Xiamen, China, on 25th April 2005, becoming the first low cost airline in Asia to gain entry into the People’s Republic of China.
In conjunction with the launch of this new route, Thai AirAsia is offering 8888 seats at a special launch fare of RMB 388 / THB 1899 one way. These special launch fares exclude airport taxes and fees, and are good for travel from 25th April 2005 to 29th October 2005.

Seats on the new Bangkok - Xiamen route will be available for sale from 18th March 2005 onwards. Thai AirAsia will initially serve one daily flight between Bangkok and Xiamen and vice versa.

After the special launch fares have sold out, regular fares for Bangkok - Xiamen will start from RMB 528 / THB 2499 one way.

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia said, “This is truly an exciting time not only for AirAsia, but also for the entire air travel industry in China. AirAsia has brought low fares to the people of Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Macau and Indonesia. We have revolutionized air travel for the people in the region and encouraged trade and tourism to prosper in the countries that we fly. Today marks another exciting chapter for AirAsia as we bring our low fares, and unique experience to the people of Xiamen and the Fujian region. We would like to thank Chairman Wang TiTang, and Xiamen Airport Authority for the warm welcome extended to AirAsia. We strongly believe that Xiamen is a great debut for AirAsia, one which can potentially enable the 1.3 billion people living in China to gain access to low fares and the gift of flight.”

Located in the southern part of the Fujian province, Xiamen is the second largest city of the province with a population of more than 30 million people. As one of the five economic special regions in China, Xiamen has grown into an economic powerhouse with the third highest GDP per capita in the republic.