Posted by- Neelam Mathews
July 12, 2011
Starting Oct 24, Malaysian based long haul AirAsia X, is starting flights from Kuala Lumpur to Gatwick Airport. The new move from Stansted is set to further increase passenger traffic from SouthEast Asia to London and Europe with six flights weekly to Gatwick Airport by mid December.
AirAsia X’s decision to switch from Stansted to Gatwick Airport was to maximise commercial opportunities at Gatwick, to ultimately drive increased traffic flow between UK and Malaysia, and also the various key feeder markets within AirAsia’s network in Asia Pacific which the airline has proven at Stansted airport.
The route will be serviced by AirAsia X’s Airbus A340-300, which has 327 seats including 18 Premium Fly Flat bed seats. AirAsia X’s Premium Fly Flat beds are standard business class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretches out to 77” in full recline position.
AirAsiaX guests would be given a wider choice to travel onwards and connect domestically and internationally via Gatwick airport. Public transport and accommodation facilities are easily accessible via Gatwick for guest stop over’s or for those heading towards central London and the surrounding region, says a spokesman
AirAsia X launched its maiden flight into Stansted International Airport (London) in March 2009, currently operating six times a week. The route has fast turned Kuala Lumpur into a regional hub connecting three continents, with Australians and New Zealanders flying into the Malaysian capital and connecting on AirAsia X to London.
“Our aim has always been to open up travel for all. The popularity of the London-KL route is further testament to the pent-up demand for long-haul travel, provided the fares are low and the quality is high,” AirAsia X Chief executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani said.