JOHOR BAHRU, 15 APRIL 2016
New route strengthens Johor Bahru’s position as an international hub in Malaysia for AirAsia, making it the gateway for the Chinese to visit Southern Peninsular Malaysia
Daily flights to commence on 29 May 2016, with introductory all-in-fares from as low as RM88* one-way
AirAsia is poised to make Johor Bahru the gateway for Chinese travelers to visit Southern Peninsular Malaysia with the introduction of AirAsia’s new direct flight to Guangzhou, which is scheduled to commence operations on 29 May 2016.
The daily flights connecting Johor Bahru and Guangzhou will be the airline’s 17th route into China from Malaysia, and the second route into China launched this year after Shantou.
Celebratory all-in-fares from as low as RM88* one way are available for booking online at airasia.com from today until 28 April 2016, for the travel period of 29 May to 29 Oct 2016. Alternatively, the promotional fares are also available on AirAsia’s mobile app on iPhone and Android devices, as well as the mobile site mobile.airasia.com.
Spencer Lee, AirAsia Berhad Head of Commercial said, “Our southern hub of Johor Bahru is one of the key development points for us this year, and we are pleased to be connecting the rapidly developing Johor Bahru to Guangzhou, China through this unique route that will be operated exclusively by AirAsia. This will further increase our market share in Johor Bahru, and we look forward to working closely with all key industry players here to grow Johor Bahru together.”
Md Derick Basir, CEO of Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd said, “Senai Airport is delighted to introduce the new route to China by AirAsia. With the ongoing development in Iskandar Malaysia, there has been a lot of demand for air travel between Johor and certain parts of China. As such, we believe that the new Johor Bahru – Guangzhou route introduced by AirAsia will be a success. We have been exploring on the possibility of starting a Johor Bahru – China route with a few parties and AirAsia was the first airline to act on the opportunity. This demonstrates AirAsia’s seriousness and commitment to further develop Senai Airport as their secondary hub, after klia2. Now, the people of Johor can travel to China more conveniently compared to before. Previously, they had to travel to klia2 to take a flight to China. With the new daily flights between Johor and Guangzhou by AirAsia, Johoreans need not to do so anymore.”
YB Datuk Tee Siew Kiong Johor State EXCO of Tourism, Trade and Consumer said, “The state government welcomes AirAsia's decision to launch this new route connecting Guangzhou to Johor Bahru. We believe that this is definitely the right time as we have seen an increase in tourists, business travellers and investors from China especially from Guangzhou into Johor Bahru lately.”
“This initiative brings both cities closer, and will help to boost the cooperation between Johor Bahru and Guangzhou especially in tourism, trade and investment. Furthermore, the e-visa entry which was implemented by the government last March has made it much more convenient for Chinese visitors to enter Malaysia," added YB Datuk.
AirAsia Group currently operates 139 weekly flights into Johor Bahru’s Senai International Airport, inclusive of both domestic and international flights.
Formerly known as Canton, Guangzhou is a sprawling port city located at northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl River. This capital city of Guangdong Province is a prosperous metropolis that is the third biggest after Beijing and Shanghai. Tourists to Guangzhou must not miss the breathtaking night city view walking along the Pearl River bank, go to the top of the Canton Tower to enjoy a birds-eye view of the city, visit the historical Temple of the Six Banyan Trees and many more.
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Flight Schedule for Johor Bahru, Malaysia (JHB) – Guangzhou, China (CAN)
*Promotional all-in-fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply.