AirAsia to open next international hub on Langkawi

Airline to base five planes, pilots and crew on holiday isles
Malaysia’s holiday archipelago of Langkawi is set to become AirAsia’s next international hub. The airline already operates nearly 100 weekly flights to the islands on three separate routes, but this is now set to increase.
Langkawi International Airport, about an hour’s flight from the capital Kuala Lumpur, has seen a steady rise in the number of passengers over the last decade, reaching more than 2 million in 2014.
Announcing the news at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, the airline’s chief executive, Tony Fernandes, said its new status as a hub will help boost both local tourism and the economy.
“We will obviously focus on ASEAN destinations and gradually expand the connectivity to China and India, which are both very strong routes. It is exciting news for the state of Kedah and exciting news for job creation as we will base pilots and cabin crew in Langkawi,” he said. “We are very excited about this announcement. We plan to put five planes in Langkawi and generate approximately one million to 1.5 million passengers through Langkawi very quickly.”
[pictured: Langkawi International Airport]

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