AirAsia strengthens its position in southern hub of Johor Bahru
Celebrates new route from Bandung – Johor Bahru, 10th anniversary in partnership with Senai International Airport, as well as arrival of 3rd aircraft in Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru, 1 Dec
AirAsia, the world’s best low cost airline for five consecutive years strengthened its position in its southern hub of Johor Bahru as it celebrates the arrival of its inaugural flight from Bandung into Johor Bahru, as well as its 10th year in partnership with Senai International Airport, and the arrival of its third aircraft into the southern hub of AirAsia.
Flight QZ 151, operated by AirAsia Indonesia arrived on time at 12.50PM today at Senai International Airport, along with media members from Bandung who will be experiencing the various attractions that Johor Bahru has to offer.
This new route connects the diverse city of Bandung in Indonesia, to the southern gem of Peninsular Malaysia, Johor Bahru with 4x weekly direct flights between both cities. This is the third international route to be introduced from Johor Bahru, after Jakarta and Surabaya.
Apart from the inaugural flight celebration, AirAsia also marked its 10th year in partnership with Senai International Airport, along with the arrival of AirAsia’s third aircraft to be parked in Johor Bahru, which is one of the hubs that AirAsia is planning to develop further.
Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad, Dato’ Bernard Francis, Commercial Director of AirAsia Indonesia and Mr Safuan Basir, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Senai International Airport were present at the press conference held today in conjunction with the triple celebration for both AirAsia and Senai International Airport.
Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer AirAsia Berhad said, “We are delighted to celebrate these three momentous occasions today with our counterpart AirAsia Indonesia, as well as our partner Senai International Airport, who has been extremely supportive this past decade. Johor Bahru is an important hub to AirAsia, which has so much potential to be developed further.”
“We have flown over 600,000 guests through Senai International Airport up to date, serving seven domestic destinations and now, with the addition of Bandung, three international destinations. And together with Senai International Airport, we look forward towards enhancing our partnership to serve the southern community better with greater connectivity options through our wide network,” added Aireen Omar.
Mr Safuan Basir, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Senai International Airport also commented, “We are very pleased to have a market leader as one of our airline partners in Senai International Airport. AirAsia has been the main carrier that has contributed to the passenger growth of the airport. The success of AirAsia not only benefits the airport and the consumers, but also the businesses and tourism products that Johor has to offer. Their dynamic and market driven approach fit well with our development plan to position Senai International Airport as a major gateway for the southern peninsular passenger market. We look forward to continuing this collaboration with AirAsia for many more years to come."
To celebrate the new route from Johor Bahru - Bandung, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in-fares from as low as RM184* one way, which are available for booking online from 2nd December 2013 - 8th December 2013 at www.airasia.com. Guests are able to travel from 2nd December 2013 – 31st December 2013 through this promotion, and it is also available for booking via AirAsia’s mobile apps on iPhone, Android devices and the Blackberry10, as well as AirAsia’s mobile site at mobile.airasia.com.
Bandung, often dubbed as Paris Van Java, is West Java’s capital and is well-known as a shopping heaven, a regular destination for many seasoned Malaysian shoppers. The city boasts various factory outlets, distribution outlets (distros) and shopping malls at prominent locations such as Cihampelas, where local handicraft, souvenirs and delicious local food are also at abundance.
For nature lovers and adventure seekers, Lembang Hills, Mount Tangkuban Perahu and Ciater Hot Spring are not to be missed. Located on the outskirts of Bandung, these famous tourist spots offer some of the most breathtaking views.
Johor, on another hand is home to various attractions such as the theme parks – Legoland & Puteri Harbour Entertainment Centre; beach getaways such as Pulau Rawa & Pulau Sibu and also nature adventures at Gunung Ledang, Kota Tinggi Waterfalls and Sungai Lebam Wetlands. For shopping addicts, the Johor Premium Outlets offer the perfect remedy.
From Bandung, guests may connect to other domestic destinations in Indonesia such as Medan, Pekanbaru, Surabaya and Bali (Denpasar). While from Johor Bahru, guests can further discover the myriad of culture that Malaysia has to offer by connecting towards other great domestic destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kuching, Miri, Sibu, and Kota Kinabalu.
AirAsia connects both Johor Bahru and Indonesia with 15x weekly flights, and offers the best connectivity within Malaysia and Indonesia as well. Operated by AirAsia Indonesia (flight code QZ), the new Johor Bahru – Bandung route will be served four times weekly every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and is the third Indonesia destinations from AirAsia’s Johor Bahru hub.
Today also marks another of AirAsia’s affiliate’s inaugural flight for another newly-introduced route, from Cebu, Philippines to Kuala Lumpur. This new route is operated by AirAsia Zest, and is available daily, connecting the metropolitan, multicultural city of Kuala Lumpur to Cebu, known for its heavenly island getaways.
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Bandung – Johor Bahru flight schedule (from 1 December 2013)
|QZ 151||BDO – JHB||10:00||12:50||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun|
|QZ 152||JHB – BDO||13:15||14:05||Mon, Wed,Fri, Sun|