AirAsia has launched the inaugural flight of its new Wuhan to Kota Kinabalu route, with with a send-off ceremony for the Kota Kinabalu to Wuhan flight.
Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, minister of tourism, culture and environment for Sabah; Yang Berbahagia Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, chairman of Sabah tourism board; Yang Berbahagia Datuk Irene Charuruks, general manager of Sabah Tourism Board were present to send off the guests of AirAsia’s inaugural flight to Wuhan, China from Kota Kinabalu International Airport; accompanied by Spencer Lee, head of commercial for AirAsia Berhad.
Kota Kinabalu, which is AirAsia’s second largest international hub in Malaysia, now serves a total of 18 direct routes with 504 weekly flights.
Wuhan is the capital of the Hubei province in Central China, which is home to the Ancient Chibi Battlefield, the Enshi Grand Canyon and the Yandi Shennong Mountain. The city itself features the Yellow Crane Tower and the Wuchang lake.
Spencer Lee, head of commercial for AirAsia Berhad says, “Our latest route from Kota Kinabalu to Wuhan is part of our initiative and commitment towards developing Sabah as a gateway for tourists from China into East Malaysia.
“We see a strong forward booking trend with an average 70 percent load factor up to March 2016 for this route. We are confident that Chinese tourist arrivals into Sabah will continue to grow through the commencement of this route, and strengthen social and cultural ties between both regions. On the other hand, Sabahans can now enjoy the best of Wuhan with a direct flight and low fares.”
YB Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board commented, “Sabah is always ready to welcome more tourists into our shores. With AirAsia, who has shown continued commitment to expand its hub here in Kota Kinabalu, we are sure that the commencement of this new route will bring significant contribution towards tourist arrivals into Sabah this year.”