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Airsia Launches 2 New International Direct Flight to Penang
Airsia Launches 2 New International Direct Flight to Penang TravelNews Malaysia Travel News | TravelNews
LOW-COST airline AirAsia today introduced two more direct international flights from Penang International Airport (PIA) to Hanoi, Vietnam and Phuket, Thailand to develop the country’s tourism sector.
AirAsia Malaysia Head of Commercial, Spencer Lee, said it was very optimistic of strengthening its Penang hub further with the two routes, besides boosting tourist arrivals in the country.
“AirAsia hopes to continue increasing tourist arrivals and, at the same time, linking Penang and the community in the northern region to more international destinations via its network,” he said after welcoming passengers on the inaugural flight from Hanoi to PIA near George Town today.
Lee said the direct flights from Hanoi, which are four times a week, and daily direct flights from Phuket marked the seventh and eighth routes launched by the AirAsia group into Penang, which strengthened further Asean relations apart from through the Kuala Lumpur hub.
He added that the budget airline was leading the Penang market with 68% of direct routes as of April this year.
Penang Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Arts Committee Chairman, Yeoh Soon Hin, said that the direct flights from Hanoi and Phuket could indirectly boost the Penang tourism sector.
“This is a positive sign, with flight activities being able to bolster the state’s economy in the future,” he said.
In conjunction with the inaugural flights, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in-fares from RM119 from Penang to Hanoi and RM79 from Penang to Phuket, for bookings from July 2 to 8 for the travel period between July 2, 2018, and Jan 31, 2019, through airasia.com or direct booking via AirAsia’s mobile application.
AirAsia today operates 307 weekly one-way flights to PIA and flies to several international destinations such as Jakarta, Singapore, Medan, Ho Chi Minh City, Surabaya, and Bangkok. 

(Article from Bernama--1 July 2018)

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