AirAsia to start Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu services; axes Male flights

AIRASIA Singapore is set to begin direct flights to Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu in April, while AirAsia X has confirmed the suspension of flights on the Colombo-Malé sector in April.

The four-times-weekly Kota Bharu service commences on April 21, with flights departing from Singapore at 09.10 to touch down at 10.30.

Thrice-weekly flights to Kuala Terengganu leave Singapore at 09.10 and arrive at 10.35, and the service will start on April 22.

To commemorate the new flights to the two Malaysian destinations – gateways to the popular beach getaways Redang and Perhentian Islands – AirAsia Singapore is offering zero-dollar base fares on the routes.

Both offers are open for booking until February 16 and valid for travel until October 25.

Separately, AirAsia’s longhaul arm AirAsia X will suspend flights from Colombo to Malé from March 1, almost five months after it began tagging the service onto the Kuala Lumpur-Colombo route (TTG Asia e-Daily, September 25, 2013).

However, the carrier will continue to operate Kuala Lumpur-Colombo flights with a four-times-weekly frequency.

Challenging business conditions were cited as a reason for the cancellation. “The suspension of Malé, Maldives is a move made to improve operating cost efficiencies and concentrate capacity in AirAsia X key markets of Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan, (South) Korea, Nepal and Sri Lanka,” the airline said in a media release.

Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, said in the same release: “Despite our efforts, external factors such as the depreciation of Asian currencies against the US dollar and the chronic lack of hotel room supply in Maldives resulted in cancellation of thousands of bookings by travel operators.”

AirAsia X will offer guests who hold bookings after these dates an option of a full refund, a reroute to another AirAsia X destination, or a rebook of a return flight prior to February 28, for no additional cost.

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