AirAsia’s inaugural service to the holy city of Amritsar (India), has taken flight, adding an exciting new destination to the airline’s fast-growing long-haul network.
Operated by AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, flight D7188 departed from Kuala Lumpur with AirAsia’s fun team dancing to Bhangra beats while guests and dignitaries onboard were treated to traditional Indian Laddu gifts amongst other entertainment inflight as part of the celebrations.
Joining the inaugural festivities were AirAsia X Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail and AirAsia X Group Head of Commercial Barry Klipp who also held a special press conference in Amritsar together with Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Shri Navjot Singh Sidhu today.
AirAsia X Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah said, “AirAsia is a pioneer of affordable long-haul travel and we are thrilled to be adding Amritsar to our fast-growing network. With more than 150,000 visitor seats on offer annually, there has never been a better time to visit this leading travel destination and commercial, cultural hub in the heart of Punjab.”
Since 2008, AirAsia has carried more than 19 million passengers across 21 cities in India, including more than 300,000 guests on its long-haul network to New Delhi and Jaipur.
AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “We are excited to bring the AirAsia experience to Amritsar for the very first time. Amritsar is of significant interest to tourists thanks to the Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple) and the city’s numerous historic and cultural sites. Following a recent network review, Amristar and other cities in India were identified as being underserved from the Asia Pacific region, particularly when it comes providing affordable long-haul travel. We are confident the new services will prove popular for both tourist and domestic visitors alike.”
The new evening flights D7188 and D7189, departing Kuala Lumpur and Amritsar brings the number of AirAsia Group services between Malaysia and India to 85 weekly.
To celebrate the new service, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in-fares from RM299*/ INR5490* one-way on standard seats runs from 16 August until 26 August 2018 for travel period between 16 August until 31 January 2019. The award winning Premium Flatbed is also available for booking at promotional all-in-fares from RM699*/ INR12,900 *.
Guests from 15 cities including Bali, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and Bangkok will be able to connect (via Kuala Lumpur) to Amritsar alongside existing routes to New Delhi and Jaipur using AirAsia’s Fly-Thru service, ensuring a seamless and hassle free connecting air travel experience.