AirAsia grows its route network into China


  • Maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur - Shantou recorded a strong load factor of 100%
  • Thai AirAsia announced launch of Bangkok – Shantou route

AirAsia Group held a joint press conference at Shantou city today to celebrate the successful maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur as well as the launch of Bangkok – Shantou route, strengthening the airline group’s route network into China.

Flight AK 142 from Kuala Lumpur landed at Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport in Shantou today with a full flight at 180 seat capacity. This route is operated exclusively by AirAsia Berhad with four times weekly flights.

Onboard the maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur was Ms. Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad, who represented the AirAsia Group at the press conference, which was also attended by Mr. Chen Dong, the Mayor of Jieyang city; Mr. Muzambli Markam, Consul General of Malaysia in Guangzhou; Mr. Santi Sawangcharoem, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand in Guangzhou; Mr Qu Qiren, Deputy Secretary of the party committee of Tourism Authority of Guangdong; Mr. Wen Wenxing, General Manager of the Guangdong Airport Authority and Mr. Guo Dajie, General Manager of Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport.

Thai AirAsia announced the launch of its Bangkok – Shantou flight during this press conference, connecting Thais of Teochew descent to their ancestral home, as well as providing all Thais another new city to explore in China. This brand new flight is scheduled to commence service on 27 May 2016.

The commencement of the Kuala Lumpur – Shantou direct flights and the announcement of Bangkok – Shantou route (operated by Thai AirAsia) marks Shantou as the 19th destination in China for the AirAsia Group.

Aireen Omar said, “We are proud to be the only airline offering direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Shantou. As a group, we have carried over 33 million to and from China over the past ten years, and we are certain that with the addition of these routes we can push the envelope further to continue to be the largest foreign airlines operating in China by capacity.”

Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia said, “Shantou is a city in the southeast of China that has a strong connection to Thais of Chinese descent as it is the homeland of the Teochew people who emigrated to Thailand. Many of the city’s travel sites will be familiar to Thais, such as the Tiger God Shrine, which was recreated in Thailand, the Ruby Goddess Shrine as well as the Tai Hong Kong Shrine, the birthplace of Thailand’s Poh Teck Tung Foundation. With its food also familiar, we are sure that our Bangkok-Shantou addition will only bring Thailand and the city closer."

Mr. Chen Dong, the Mayor of Jieyang City said “Chaoshan is famous for the hometown of overseas Chinese. The bond between Jieyang city, Malaysia and Thailand has always been close. Shantou - Kuala Lumpur new route is the first directly route connecting the greater area of Chaoshan and Malaysia as well as Thaiiland. We fully support Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport to open more routes. On top of that, we sincerely welcome AirAsia to open more routes connecting Chaoshan to Southeast Asia, which will bridge a closer bond for the people from Chaoshan, Malaysia and Thailand.”

To celebrate the success of its maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in-fares from RM179* one-way, available for booking from now until 3 April 2016, for the travel period from 1 April 2016 to 31 August 2016. These promotional fares are available for booking online at, as well as the AirAsia mobile app on iPhone and Android devices.

Guest from Shantou can now make use of the optional Fly-Thru service to connect to flights via AirAsia’s multiple transit hubs with their baggage checked-through to the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance. With this service, guest can now travel seamlessly between all Asian and Australasian cities such as from Shantou to Sydney through Kuala Lumpur, making the beautiful harbour city from Down Under just a stop away.

Located on the eastern coast of Guangdong province, Shantou is one of the primary hometowns of Chinese who are living abroad. Long coastal lines and a pleasant subtropical marine climate provides the city with many charming tourist attractions. Nan Ao Island, Qing Ao Bay, Lotus Peak, Queshi Scenic Spot, Chen CiHong’s former residence, Symbolic Tower of the Tropic of Cancer, Zhongshan Park and Rainbow Shadows in the Harbour are collectively known as the Eights Sights of Shantou not to be missed.

Beautiful mountains, beaches, and exquisite islands, together with the calming scenery that surrounds the harbour, form a breathtaking environment that is especially attractive to those who want to escape city life.

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Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) – Shantou, China (SWA)

Flight No From To Departure Arrival
Flight Schedule
AK 142 KUL SWA 1050hrs 1510hrs
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
AK 143 SWA KUL 1555hrs 2030hrs
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

Flight Schedule for Bangkok, Thailand (DMK) – Shantou, China (SWA)
Flight No From To Departure Arrival
Flight Schedule
FD850 DMK SWA 0620hrs 1030hrs
FD851 SWA DMK 1115hrs 1340hrs

*Promotional all-in-fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply.