AirAsia is increasing its Maldives operations with the commencement of additional services to be operated by its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X, in addition to the daily flights currently operated by AirAsia Malaysia. AirAsia X will operate a four times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Malé service under the D7 airline code utilising Airbus A330-300 aircraft, equivalent to an incremental 156,000 seats per year, from 6 February 2018.
Introductory promotional fares from as low as RM199* are available on airasia.com for all Maldives flights from now until 14 January 2018 for immediate travel until 6 May 2018. Guests travelling on AirAsia X can also book the award-winning Premium Flatbed from only RM699* as part of this promotion.
AirAsia X head of commercial Barry Klipp said, “As the only airline servicing direct flights to Maldives from Kuala Lumpur, our short-haul affiliate AirAsia has seen tremendous growth on this route since its commencement, adding over 130 percent seat capacity early last year when flight frequency was increased from three to seven flights weekly.
“Despite this increased capacity, we continue to see robust demand from our wide network and we hope that with this additional service offering a larger capacity on our A330 aircraft, we will be able to capture this demand and further build our market dominance in the Maldives.”
AirAsia currently operates daily flights connecting Kuala Lumpur and Malé, the capital of Maldives, utilising its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft with 180- and 186-seat capacity. AirAsia X will service the same route from 6 February 2018 using Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 377-seat capacity, including 12 Premium Flatbed seats. This will bring the total weekly flights to 11 with an annual capacity of over 287,000 seats between the two countries. In 2017, AirAsia Malaysia carried over 106,000 guests between Kuala Lumpur and Maldives.