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