Air Asia plans to relaunch London and commence other European routes
After 5 years, Air Asia X could finally return to the Old Continent! The World’s Best Low-Cost Airline received approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to London Gatwick. The budget carrier could operate 9 flights per week.
AirAsia X will return to London this summer with direct flights out of Malaysia Airport KLIA2, AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes told media on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The airline is planning to dry lease two 777-300ERs from summer 2017 to support the resumption of services to London Gatwick in June 2017. The lease of used Boeing aircraft enables the carrier to accelerate the relaunch of flights between its main home market of Malaysia and Europe. Previously AirAsia X was intending to wait for the delivery of the A330-900neo to resume long haul flights.
Malaysia-based low cost airline is also aiming to launch long haul services to Europe in summer 2017 with a new route from Bangkok to Frankfurt, using the group’s existing A330-300ceo fleet.
AirAsia X is the leading low-cost airline to offer cheap flight tickets to Asia and Australia. The budget carrier is already serving over 100 destinations. AirAsia X previously operated A340-300s to London and Paris, but canceled these services in March 2012.