AirAsia X is to launch direct daily flights to Seoul from Kuala Lumpur on 1 November, 2010. Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia X, said,
“AirAsia X’s commencement of daily services to Seoul could not have come at the most opportune timing in November to coincide with major school holidays and year end festive season where travel demand is peak and fares are super high. This is what AirAsia X is about – providing affordable international travel for everyone. Our daily services between Seoul and Kuala Lumpur during the peak period at Christmas will open up the skies at a time when many people have holidays and are seeking cost effective and exciting vacations in new locations.”
“We estimate that more than 60% of AirAsia X passengers to and from Seoul will be first time visitors, which will contribute significantly to tourism growth, allowing AirAsia X the opportunity to open up new market segments from Malaysia and Korea with its low fares. We are confident that AirAsia X’s direct connection will be able to stimulate new travel demands and further tap new markets, especially that of young working adults and families, to travel to Malaysia and thereafter use Kuala Lumpur as a gateway to over 132 routes in South East Asia, that includes regional ASEAN cities or long-haul sectors serviced by AirAsia X.