There were celebrations at Ipoh to mark AirAsia’s first service to Singapore on 2 December. Among those welcoming the first arrival from Singapore was AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat (fourth from right). The LCC will serve the 480-kilometre connection four times weekly with A320s. It faces direct competition from Firefly and Scoot on this airport pair.
- AirAsia launched three new services last week. On 30 November the LCC commenced operations on a four times weekly connection from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Kunming (KMG). On 2 December the carrier introduced four weekly flights on a domestic sector between Kuching (KCH) and Tawau (TWU), while that day also saw it launch a four times weekly link from Ipoh (IPH) to Singaore (SIN). There is no direct competition on the 917-kilometre domestic airport pair, but the 2,546-kilometre Kota Kinabalu – Kunming connection and the 480-kilometre Ipoh – Singapore route will face incumbent competition. The former will see competition from Lucky Air, while Firefly and Scoot serve the latter sector. All three routes will be operated by AirAsia’s A320 fleet. Speaking at the launch event for the new service from Ipoh to Singapore, AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said: “Since the launch of our Johor Bahru – Ipoh route in October, we have flown close to 10,000 guests in and out of Ipoh, including from China, Indonesia, India and Singapore. This new Singapore service builds on our efforts to expand our Ipoh network, and we hope it will contribute to increased tourist traffic to Ipoh as well as Perak as a whole. We wish to thank the Perak State Government and Tourism Board for their continued support and cooperation.”