AirAsia launched flights from Johor Bahru to Ipoh on 1 October, a route that the carrier will operate four times weekly using its fleet of A320s. Among those at the launch were (starting third left): Zuraida Md Taib, Tourism Perak CEO; YB Tan Kar Hing, State Tourism, Arts and Cultural Committee Chairman; AirAsia Group Berhad Board of Director Dato’ Aziz Bakar; Riad Asmat, AirAsia Malaysia CEO; Mohd Roslan Abdullah, Tourism Malaysia Perak State Director; Menteri Besar of Perak YAB Tuan Ahmad Faizal Bin Dato’ Azumu; State Finance Officer Dato’ Abu Bakar bin Haji Said; and Malaysia Airports Acting Group CEO Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin. The city pair is already served by Malindo Air four times weekly.
AirAsia launched a second domestic connection from Johor Bahru on 1 October, with the other city to gain a connection being Alor Setar. Like Ipoh, this route will also be flown by AirAsia four times weekly using its A320s. As seen above, the first flight on this 621-kilometre domestic route was flown by a Queens Park Rangers-themed livery, with the aircraft registered 9M-AFV. The Asian LCC is the official airline partner for the London-based football club.
- AirAsia inaugurated two domestic routes from Johor Bahru (JHB) on 1 October, with the LCC now linking the Malaysian city to Alor Setar (AOR) and Ipoh (IPH). The carrier will operate both routes four times weekly using its fleet of 180-seat A320s. The 621-kilometre link with Alor Setar will face no direct competition, while the 433-kilometre hop to Ipoh is already flown by Malindo Air 11 times weekly when referencing OAG schedules. As a result of these launches, AirAsia now operates a network of 15 routes from Johor Bahru, with 11 of these being domestic services, while international routes include Bangkok Don Mueang, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta. Along with the launching of routes from Johor Bahru to Alor Setar and Ipoh this week, it should be noted that fellow group carrier Thai AirAsia commenced its latest international link from Chiang Mai, a connection with Taipei Taoyuan, a route that was also launched with an initial frequency of four times weekly. See how Alor Setar Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.