AirAsia on 7 May launched flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to its seventh destination in India. The 2,164-kilometre route to Visakhapatnam (VTZ) will be flown thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) using the carrier’s A320s. Competition is provided by Malindo Air which also operates the route with thrice-weekly flights. Malindo Air has been operating the route since mid-February. Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial for AirAsia said, “Vizag is an up and rising destination for trade and tourism in India, and we are confident that the time is right for us to enter into this market, building the tourism demand further for Vizag.” According to AirAsia, Visakhapatnam, better known as Vizag, is also affectionately referred to as ‘The Jewel of the East Coast’ and the ‘City of Destiny’ in India. Aptly named with its unspoilt stretch of sandy beaches and well-maintained parks, it provides scenic experiences for visitors. AirAsia now offers 66 weekly flights across seven destinations in India from Kuala Lumpur; 21 weekly flights to Tiruchirappalli, 14 to Chennai, 10 to Kochi, seven each to Hyderabad and Kolkata, four to Bengaluru and three to Visakhapatnam.
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