Posted on: 07 July 2014 by Mark Howells
AirAsia X is to begin four-times weekly flights to Narita from Kuala Lumpur, while Thai AirAsia X has announced flights to both Narita and Osaka from Bangkok.
AirAsia X plans to increase the Narita service to daily flights in May 2015.
Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive officer of AirAsia X, remarked, “AirAsia X is responding to the strong and growing travel demand to and from Japan. The airline has recorded an average 89% passenger load in the first half of 2014, proving the strong demand for the route since the commencement of its inaugural flight in November 2011. Overall, the airline has carried over 1 million passengers to and from Japan and Japan contributes over 12% of the airline’s total revenue to date.”
Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X, added, “Thailand has always been a popular destination for Japanese travellers and we are pleased to offer more affordable and convenient travel options for those who wish to visit Bangkok and beyond. In 2013, Thailand welcomed 1.5 million Japanese travellers, an increase of 11.9% compared to the previous year and we are confident that we can contribute to the further increase number of tourists travelling between the two countries.”
Photo shows (l-r) Makoto Natsume, president and CEO of Narita International Airport Corporation, Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, and Keiichi Ando, president of New Kansai International Airport Company, flanked by AirAsia X cabin crew.