AirAsia is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of flying into Shenzhen, China. A celebratory event was held in Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport yesterday to mark the milestone.
AirAsia started its operation in Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport a decade ago with a breakthrough concept that differentiated the airline from the traditional Chinese airlines.
On 15 July 2007, AirAsia introduced the low-cost air travel concept in Shenzhen with direct flights from Shenzhen - Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen - Bangkok. Within the same year, AirAsia also added the Shenzhen - Kota Kinabalu route.
To date, AirAsia offers 35 weekly flights from Shenzhen to Southeast Asia. This year itself, the average load factor for the three routes from Shenzhen recorded a performance of over 85%, placing AirAsia as the leading foreign airline in terms of flight frequency and passengers flown in Shenzhen.
Since its inaugural flight, the airline has flown a total of 4.3 million guests in and out of Shenzhen, bringing a large number of local and international traffic into the city.
To celebrate this occasion, AirAsia is offering all-in fares as low as RM256* from Kuala Lumpur to Shenzhen andRM257* from Kota Kinabalu to Shenzhen. Bookings are available on airasia.com from 17 to 23 July 2017 fortravel period from 19 July to 24 November 2017.
Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Bhd said, “We are thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of service to Shenzhen. 10 years ago we introduced the concept of low-cost airline in Shenzhen with the aim of enabling more people to fly. Now the people in the Guangdong province are well-connected to the world through our extensive flight network of over 120 destinations in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.”
“We are also excited to continue growing our connectivity to Shenzhen by introducing direct flights to Langkawi, which is one of our significant hubs in North Malaysia that will commence on 9 August 2017,” she added.
Known as a ‘City of Innovation’, multiple high-technology corporations and medium-small business enterprises in Shenzhen are connected to the countries in Southeast Asia. In Malaysia and Southeast Asia, AirAsia has actively promoted the tourism, economic and trade exchanges between both the regions through air travel.
“AirAsia with its provision of unique products and services has enriched the travel options for the guests and made a positive contribution towards localising air travel in Shenzhen,” said a spokesperson from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport.
In the recent years, Shenzhen airport has been focusing on the effort in gathering airline operators to implement globalisation strategy, and have successfully made important breakthroughs in developing international business. In the future, the airport will leverage on the ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy and development at free trade areas in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, to deepen the structural reform of the civil aviation in Shenzhen, and accelerate the development towards Asia-Pacific as an international aviation hub.