Posted on: 25 March 2016 by Mark Howells
AirAsia Group has celebrated the successful maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur to Shantou as well as the launch of the Bangkok–Shantou route, strengthening the airline group’s route network into China.
Flight AK 142 from Kuala Lumpur landed at Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport in Shantou with a full flight at 180-seat capacity. This route is operated exclusively by AirAsia Berhad with four weekly flights.
Thai AirAsia’s new Bangkok–Shantou flights will connect Thais of Teochew descent to their ancestral home, as well as providing all Thais another new city to explore in China. This brand new service is scheduled to commence on 27 May.
AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar commented, “We are proud to be the only airline offering direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Shantou. As a group, we have carried over 33 million [passengers] to and from China over the past ten years, and we are certain that with the addition of these routes we can push the envelope further to continue to be the largest foreign [airline group] operating in China by capacity.”
Passengers from Shantou can also make use of the optional Fly-Thru service to connect to flights via AirAsia’s multiple transit hubs with their baggage checked-through to the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance. With this service, customers can travel seamlessly between all Asian and Australasian cities such as from Shantou to Sydney through Kuala Lumpur.
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Shantou depart at 10:50 and land in China at 15:10 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The return flights re on the same day of the week leaving Shantou at 15:55 and reaching KL at 20:35 (all times local).
From Bangkok, flights will depart daily at 06:20 and reach Shantou at 10:30. The return service pushes back in Shantou at 11:15 and touches down in Bangkok at 13:40 (all times local).