AirAsia X Acting CEO, Benyamin Ismail (second from right) along with Prosperity God and crews surprised passengers with gift bags at the boarding gate in celebration of the inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Chongqing. Chongqing becomes AirAsia X’s sixth destination in China after Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an.
- AirAsia X has made Chongqing (CKG) its sixth destination in China with the introduction on Friday 13 February of four times weekly flights from its Kuala Lumpur (KUL) hub. The 3,001-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier and will be flown using the airline’s A330-300s. AirAsia X already serves Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an in China. Benyamin Ismail, acting CEO of AirAsia X said, “We are proud to be the first and only airline to offer direct service from Kuala Lumpur to Chongqing, the gateway to the Yangtze River. AirAsia X carried a total of more than 3.6 million guests to date into/from various points in China, with an average passenger load of 82% and as a group we carried a total of more than 12.3 million guests. The addition of this latest route will enable us to further strengthen our network into China and boost passenger traffic growth as we link AirAsia’s robust network across ASEAN to China.” Flights depart Kuala Lumpur every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 18:00 arriving in Chongqing at 22:20. The return flight departs Chongqing at 23:55 getting back to Kuala Lumpur at 04:15 the following morning. AirAsia X now operates non-stop flights from Kuala Lumpur to 21 destinations, of which 15 are served with at least daily flights.