Low-cost carrier AirAsia has resumed its flights to Macau, with its first flight from Kuala Lumpur landing in the SAR on Tuesday.
Further flights by the carrier are set to increase in the coming weeks, with Macau-Bangkok flights to recommence on February 18th and flights between the SAR and the Philippines to resume on March 2nd.
Expectations are for further direct flights to Southeast Asian destinations to widen within the coming months.
AirAsia is also relaunching international flights to seven destinations in China, including Macau. These are Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Kunming, Hangzhou and Chengdu.
AirAsia notes that China is an integral market for the group, and plans to relaunch its China flights from two hubs first – Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu – flying to Macau, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Kunming 10 times per week.
Expectations are to ramp up the frequency to 27 flights weekly in March.
Starting March 1st, the group plans to reconnect Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Chengdu, with 10 flights weekly.
The group notes that in 2019, it carried over 1.8 million guests to and from China, with plans for Chinese travelers to be the next primary market focus.
“We believe the recommencement of our services to China will be popular for business travelers, international students, those visiting family and relatives as well as stimulating regional demand between two large markets through great value airfares and services,” notes the group’s AirAsia X Berhad CEO.