Stansted announces new long-haul flights

STANSTED Airport will be the first facility in the UK to offer low-cost non-stop flights to Kuala Lumpur and a long-haul link to Australia, it was announced today.

STANSTED Airport will be the first facility in the UK to offer low-cost non-stop flights to Kuala Lumpur and a long-haul link to Australia, it was announced today.

The AirAsia X flights, the first long-haul from the Essex airport since American Airlines dropped their US routes earlier this year, will offer travel to Kuala Lumpur for just £99 each way.

They will be launched in March, with five flights per week.

Nick Barton, Stansted's commercial and development director, said: “This is not only exciting news for Stansted but a significant milestone for low-cost, long-haul air travel around the world.


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“Stansted is firmly established as the major hub for short-haul European travel, so we're delighted AirAsia X recognises the growth potential here and selected Stansted as the UK gateway from which they will launch this very exciting long-haul link.

“The new non-stop service from London to Kuala Lumpur, with low-cost connections across Asia and to Australia, is certain to be extremely popular with business and leisure passengers seeking affordable long-haul travel options, and we're looking forward to supporting AirAsia X as they develop their services here at Stansted.”

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Tony Fernandes, Air Asia's CEO, added: “Air Asia's London to Kuala Lumpur route is the realisation of a long-held ambition to open up affordable access between Malaysia and Europe for both ASEAN and European communities.

“We have an incredible route network and at £99 each way the opportunity for Londoners and Europeans to explore ASEAN has never been greater.”

Azran Osman Rani, CEO for AirAsia X said: “The London route is a significant achievement for us, allowing those who have always wanted to travel between Europe and ASEAN to achieve their dream, at an affordable price.

“We are looking to expand from five flights per week to a daily service in the near future.”

- For more information on the new flights visit www.airasia.com.

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