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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
AirAsia launches direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Luang Prabang
KUCHING: AirAsia reiterates its commitment towards the Asean market with the inaugural flight of its brand new route connecting Kuala Lumpur directly to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang in Laos yesterday.
This marks the first and only airline to operate direct flights between both cities.
The inaugural flight, AK562 landed with an encouraging flight load of 98 per cent, and on board the flight were AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer (CEO) Aireen Omar, Tourism Malaysia director of Production Division Dato’ Hj Zainuddin Abdul Wahab and AirAsia Bhd head of Commercial Spencer Lee, along with Malaysian media.
All guests on board along with the VIPs in the flight were welcomed with a water cannon salute, along with a traditional Lao performance at the airport upon landing.
Dato’ Than Tai Hing, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Lao PDR, Dr. Bouakhong Namavong, Vice Governor of Luang Prabang, on behalf of the Governor of Luang Prabang, Khamphao Ernthavanh, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR, Ounethouang Kaophanh, Vice Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Lao PDR and Inthanousorn Sisanonh, Deputy Director General of Department of Civil Aviation of the Lao PDR were present to receive guests from this significant maiden AirAsia flight.
Commenting on the brand new intra-Asean connectivity, Omar said, “We are very happy to be the first and only airline to connect Luang Prabang to Kuala Lumpur directly.
“We are also pleased to be the airline that connects the people of Laos to two of the main cities in Asean; Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur which are both major AirAsia hubs.
“From there, Laotians are able to connect to over 120 AirAsia destinations throughout 27 countries. As a Truly Asean airline, we want to further champion connectivity to second and third-tier cities, and help to grow the market together.”
The direct connectivity between Kuala Lumpur – Luang Prabang is AirAsia Group’s 70th intra-Asean route connecting all ten Asean countries, as well as the airline’s fourth route into Laos after Kuala Lumpur – Vientiane, Bangkok – Vientiane and Bangkok – Luang Prabang.
During the inaugural flight celebration event and press conference which was held at Sofitel Luang Prabang, an award-winning heritage hotel blending French colonial and Lao style, the airline also announced promotional all-in-fares for the brand new route starting from RM99 one-way, available for booking online at www.airasia.com and the AirAsia Mobile App from now until November 27, 2016, with the travel period from now until April 30, 2017.
Promotional fares quoted are for one-way only including airport taxes. Terms and conditions apply.
A UNESCO World Heritage city, Luang Prabang is one of the most alluring places in Southeast Asia known for its Golden-roofed Wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indo-chinese villas and exquisite Gallic cuisine and the scenic 18-hole golf course along the Mekong River. This former capital is located at the Northern Central of Laos, approximately 300 kilometres (km) North of Vientiane at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River.
Visitors can marvel at the stunning ‘Tree of Life’ mosaic set at Wat Xieng Thong, partake in the traditional alms giving with the locals, swim in the spectacular azure pool at the Kuang Si Waterfalls and savour Khao Soi – a popular local noodle soup dish that can be found at food stalls running along Luang Prabang streets.