AirAsia X Brings Back Kuala Lumpur-New Delhi Route

4th Feb 2016

Malaysian carrier AirAsia X, a subsidiary of the budget airline AirAsia Bhd, has revealed that it will re-start its service from Kuala Lumpur to New Delhi, India. The last time the long-haul carrier flew this route was in 2011, but it had to discontinue it due to low profit yield.

The first flight on this route took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi at 10:15 PM.

 According to an official, a return flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport should take off at 11:15 PM.

AirAsia X will fly four times per week between Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It will use an Airbus A330 aircraft, with a 2-class configuration – 12 seats in Premium and 365 seats in the Economy class.

AirAsia X’ parent airline AirAsia also operates several of its own services between Malaysia and India, particularly its southern parts. Thanks to its joint venture with Tata Group and Telestra TradePlace, AirAsia India is present in 10 local airports, including ones in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

However, AirAsia and its subsidiaries are not the only ones from Malaysia to and from India. Malaysia Airlines (MAB) is also flying passengers from Kuala Lumpur to several cities in India – Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Malindo Air also flies from seven airports in India, including Mumbai, Delhi and Kochi.

Speaking about AirAsia X’ return to India, Chief Executive Officer Ben Ismail said this:

The airports are supportive. The only issue we may have is the bilateral (flying rights) constraints in adding frequencies. We want our government to talk with the Indian government to open more bilaterals.

At the moment, the long-haul carrier has rights to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and will certainly look to get landing rights to other international airports in India as soon as possible.

AirAsia and AirAsia X Advise Passengers to Check in Early for Their Flights Because of Chinese New Year

Meanwhile, both AirAsia and AirAsia X have advised its passengers to check in earlier for their flights. The passengers should arrive 3 hours before their scheduled departure time on AirAsia flights and 4 hours on AirAsia X flights.

This way, the two carriers are hoping to avoid crowding when the Chinese New Year begins this week.

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