AirAsia bumps up services to Maldives

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SEPANG, Malaysia, 17 January 2018: AirAsia will increase flights to the Maldives, 9 February, with additional services operated by its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X.

The airline group already offers daily flights operated by AirAsia Malaysia.

AirAsia X will operate four weekly services on the Kuala Lumpur-Malé route under the D7 airline code using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

The services will add 156,000 seats annually between the city pairs.

To promote the new flights AirAsia offered a low MYR199 fare, last week, for travel until 6 May 2018. The offer was open for a very short 8 to 14 January period.

AirAsia X head of commercial, Barry Klipp said: “As the only airline offering direct flights to Maldives from Kuala Lumpur, our short-haul affiliate AirAsia has seen a tremendous growth since flights were increased from three weekly to daily.

“Even with this increased capacity, we continue to see robust demand from our wide network and we hope that with this additional service offering a larger capacity on our A330 aircraft, we will be able to capture this demand and further build our market dominance in the Maldives.”

AirAsia’s daily flights connecting Kuala Lumpur and Malé, the capital of Maldives, use the smaller Airbus A320 aircraft with 180- and 186-seats, while AirAsia X will operate the same route from 6 February  using Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 377 seats.

The 11 weekly flights will offer an annual capacity of over 287,000 seats between the two countries. In 2017, AirAsia Malaysia carried over 106,000 passengers between Kuala Lumpur and Maldives.

Passengers resident in other cities will be able to connect with flights to Maldives from other destinations such as Guangzhou, Manila, Seoul and Melbourne through the airline’s Fly-Thru service. It will require a change of plane in Kuala Lumpur, but passengers will enjoy check-through to the final destination including baggage.

Flight schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) – Malé, Maldives (MLE)

Note: All times listed are local unless otherwise stated.