AirAsia launches KL-Fukuoka route

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SYED DANIAL SYED AZAHAR

PETALING JAYA: Low-cost car­rier AirAsia yes­ter­day launched its di­rect flight to one of Ja­pan’s 10 most pop­u­lated cities, Fukuoka, op­er­ated by the com­pany’s long­haul af­fil­i­ate, AirAsia X.

Fares from Kuala Lumpur start from as low as RM199.

Fukuoka will be the air­line’s fifth des­ti­na­tion in Ja­pan, af­ter Nagoya, Osaka, Sap­poro and Tokyo.

AirAsia X Com­mer­cial Group head Barry Klipp said for the first time, Kuala Lumpur will be di­rectly con­nected with Fukuoka via the four times weekly ser­vices.

“With over six mil­lion guests flown since AirAsia X started op­er­at­ing in 2010, we cur­rently con­nect Ja­pan with Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Taipei and Honolulu.” he said in his speech dur­ing the launch of the new route.

Ja­pan’s am­bas­sador to Malaysia, Dr Makio Miya­gawa, said Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad has been a reg­u­lar visi­tor to Fukuoka for the last 15 years.

“Fukuoka and its sur­round­ing cities in Kyushu are renowned for their spec­tac­u­lar scenery and cui­sine and we wel­come Malaysians to visit and en­joy the many high­lights of this re­gion.”

Fukuoka is home to thou­sandyear-old his­tor­i­cal land­marks such as the Daza­ifu Ten­mangu shrine and Fukuoka Cas­tle which ex­ist side by side with mod­ern and in­dus­trial cen­tres.

Pas­sen­gers can start book­ing their flights from mid­night tonight, with the ser­vice set to start on Feb 28.

For de­tails, fol­low AirAsia on Twit­ter (twit­ter.com/Airasia), Face­book (Face­book.com/ Airasia) and In­sta­gram (in­sta­gram.com/Airasia).

ADIB RAWI YAHYA/ THESUN

From left:Ja­pan Na­tional Tourism ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Chiemi Maruyama, Klipp, Miya­gawa and CEO AirAsia X Malaysia Benyamin Is­mail at the launch.

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