The Malaysian government has announced a 30-day visa-free stay for Indian nationals. Keeping with this, AirAsia has decided to increase connectivity between India and Malaysia in 2024. With up to 1.5 million seats annually, AirAsia announced a major expansion of its service between Malaysia and India, adding an astounding 69 weekly flights beginning in the first quarter of 2024.
AirAsia To Increase Flights Between India & Malaysia In 2024
The substantial capacity expansion is a reaction to the expected spike in demand for travel following the declaration by the Malaysian government that visitors from India will be able to enter the country for free for 30 days beginning on December 1, 2023.
The announcement also comes at the same time when the governments of Vietnam and Thailand have announced plans to provide Indian tourists entering their countries without a visa. Through AirAsia’s Fly-Thru service, which has a single stop in Kuala Lumpur and allows smooth connections to Bangkok, Phuket, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and other ASEAN countries, Indian tourists may now affordably explore these countries.
Capital A CEO Tony Fernandes stated that they sincerely applaud the Malaysian government, especially Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, for this progressive effort. This is big, much-anticipated news for AirAsia and the nation as a whole. Leading the charge in efforts to facilitate travel to Malaysia from India is AirAsia.
In addition to strengthening ties between these two wonderful countries, Malaysia’s tourism and economy will undoubtedly benefit from the 30-day visa-free entrance for Indian citizens, which comes just in time for the upcoming peak tourist season. As a key participant in the aviation industry, we are prepared to expand our capacity in order to meet the region’s need for reasonably priced and easily accessible air travel.
A Chance To Stimulate Growth
AirAsia Head of Regional Commercial (India), Manoj Dharmani stated they see this as a chance to stimulate substantial economic growth in addition to improving regional connections between two of our biggest markets. Beginning in February 2024, AirAsia will offer 69 weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur from nine Indian destinations. They include Bengaluru, Kolkata, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, New Delhi, Amritsar, and Trivandrum. The flights will commence in the first quarter of the following year.
AirAsia is still dedicated to serving the Indian market by providing millions of Indian passengers with access to an extensive network of 130 destinations across Asia and the Asia Pacific, even in light of recent changes to the airline’s operations in the nation.
An industry legend, AirAsia’s founding tale is that of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline and the aviation division of Capital A. Back in 2001, Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun acquired a failing airline with two planes and 200 employees. They transformed it into Asia’s largest low-cost carrier and the home of thousands of AirAsia “Allstars” worldwide. The airline has carried about a billion passengers over the course of the last 20 years to over 130 locations across 23 countries.
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