AirAsia has launched two new international routes from Hanoi (Vietnam) and Phuket (Thailand) into its Penang hub at Penang International Airport.
The four times weekly directly flights from Hanoi and daily services from Phuket are the seventh and eighth new routes launched by the airline into Penang as a group, thus further strengthening the Asean footprint through connectivity aside from the Kuala Lumpur hub.
AirAsia currently operates 307 weekly flights one-way into Penang International Airport. In addition to Hanoi and Phuket, AirAsia also flies internationally from Penang to Jakarta, Singapore, Medan, Ho Chi Minh City, Surabaya, and Bangkok, as well as five domestic routes including Penang to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi.
Both routes are likely to be operated utilising one of the low-cost carrier’s Airbus A319 or A320 aircraft.
AirAsia Malaysia head of commercial, Spencer Lee said: “We are pleased to strengthen our Penang hub further with the two new routes. AirAsia Group has flown over 11 million guests in and out of the Penang since 2015.
“We are happy to share that as we are leading the market in Penang with 68% of direct routes as of this April. We look forward to continue boosting tourist arrivals while at the same time connecting Penangites and the northern community to more destinations internationally with the AirAsia network.”