SEPANG, 6 December 2017: AirAsia is all set to inaugurate a daily flight from Kuching to Shenzhen, China, over the Christmas holiday.
Special fares are on offer for the flight that starts 26 December, or “Boxing Day”, an official holiday following Christmas celebrations..
The new route marks the third international route from Kuching and the third new route launched from Kuching International Airport, this year, after Pontianak and Langkawi.
Sarawak is ranked among the most popular investment destinations in Malaysia for Chinese companies with the largest investment in steel and renewable energy coming from China, AirAsia noted when it announced the route.
The airline plans to make Kuching a regional hub, to support the tourism and business sectors and improve direct flight connectivity to Kuching Sarawak.
Direct flights are the preferred option for regional tourists who take short holiday breaks. Legacy airlines prefer to shunt passengers through their main hubs forcing them to take two flights to reach a holiday destination that subject passengers to longer travel times and higher costs.
Low-cost airlines are now recognising there is demand for direct flights to Sarawak that cut out the stop in Kuala Lumpur, particularly from strong travel source markets such as China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.
AirAsia has flown 2.6 million passengers to Sarawak this year
When it announced the new flight it sold a one-way fare at MYR88 for early bird bookings in early November for travel 26 December to 25 March 2018. The lowest available fare in January 2018 has since risen to MYR168.
AirAsia flies to 12 destinations from Kuching with a total of 229 weekly flights one way. In addition to Shenzhen, the airline also flies from Kuching to Singapore, Pontianak, Miri, Sibu, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi.
AirAsia will increase flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kunming to 14 weekly effective 19 December and from Langkawi to Shenzhen to four weekly 23 December.