18 JULY 2011
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After two years at Stansted (STN), Air Asia X, the Kuala Lumpur-based low fare affiliate of AirAsia, is to abandon the Essex airport and move to Gatwick (LGW). The move is timed for 24 October and the airline expects to be operating six flights weekly from LGW by mid-December.
The airline says its decision to switch from STN to LGW was to maximise commercial opportunities at LGW, to ultimately drive increased traffic flow between UK and Malaysia, and also the various key feeder markets within AirAsia’s network in Asia Pacific which the airline has proven at STN. AirAsia X says its guests will be given a wider choice to travel onwards and connect domestically and internationally via LGW. Public transport and accommodation facilities are said to be better at LGW for stop-overs or for those heading towards central London and the surrounding region.
The route will be serviced by AirAsia X’s Airbus A340-300, accommodating 327 passengers including 18 Premium Fly Flat bed seats. The Fly Flat beds are standard Business Class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretches out to 77” in full recline position. The seats feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen. www.airasia.com
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