By BERNAMA / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
Low-cost carrier AirAsia Group Bhd has reintroduced its Kuala Lumpur (KL)-Kuantan route after the service ceased about seven years ago.
According to station manager M Hari Tharan, the return of the daily flights on Airbus 320 aircraft was to meet growing travel demand to and from the East Coast.
“The A320 aircraft can take up to 180 passengers at one time.
“On the first KL-Kuantan flight today, we had 141 passengers; and on the return flight, there were 157 passengers on board.
“Every day, AirAsia will provide a two-way trip and should there be more demand, we may increase the number of flights,” he said when met by reporters at the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport in Kuantan yesterday.
“The fare to Kuantan is as low as RM35 and this may be one of the main factors why locals and tourists choose to travel on AirAsia,” he said, adding that at times they might hold special promotions where tickets could be bought much cheaper.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Airports Holdings Bhd manager Md Zulkifli Farid Zakaria said he is confident that the AirAsia service between KL and Kuantan would bring more tourists to Pahang.
“Every day, this airport receives the arrival of 600 to 700 passengers; and during peak season, this can reach up to 1,000 people.
Passenger Helmi Abdul Jamil, 40, said the flight was comfortable and much faster than having to drive on his own.
“In future, I will take this flight more often as it is more convenient and the fare is reasonable,” he said.