KUALA LUMPUR, 23rd October 2015 â€“ AirAsia, the worldâ€™s best low-cost airline for seven consecutive years has commenced its direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Male (Maldives) with its inaugural flight taking off Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on time yesterday at 1855hrs with a flight load of over 90%.
The flight landed at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives at 2010hrs local time.
The Kuala Lumpur â€“ Male (Maldives) route is currently exclusive to AirAsia and guests from Incheon, Osaka, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Gold Coast and Penang are also able to connect to this idyllic holiday destination via AirAsiaâ€™s Fly-Thru service.
To celebrate the inaugural flight, several resorts in the Maldives are offering discounts and privileges exclusively to AirAsia guests with up to 40% off hotel rates at properties such as Holiday Inn, Sheraton, W Retreat & Spa and more. Visit airasia.com for more information on these special offers.
Experience the magnificence of Maldives and book your seats online at airasia.comÂ with all-in-fares from as low as RM299 one way. This promotion is ongoing until1st November 2015 for the travel period between 22nd October 2015 until 29th February 2016. Promo fares are also available via AirAsiaâ€™s mobile app on iPhone and Android devices, as well as the mobile site mobile.airasia.com.
Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial for AirAsia Berhad said, â€œWe are proud to be the only airline connecting Malaysia to the Maldives directly. It is one of the most-sought-after getaways in the world for leisure travelers and are considered by many travellers as the perfect place for a honeymoon or group vacationâ€¦
â€¦We would like to thank Maldives Airports Company Limited for their warm welcome and look forward to collaborate further to boost connectivity between Kuala Lumpur and Maldives, especially via our Fly-Thru serviceâ€.
â€œWe embarked on an exercise to optimize our route network and as result, have introduced seven exclusive routes this year, including Maldives. This continued expansion of our network highlights our commitment in offering our guests the best connectivity throughout the region,â€ he added.
Adil Moosa, Managing Director of Maldives Airports Ltd said, â€œItâ€™s very special for all of us as the much anticipated airline AirAsia has launched its direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Maldives. We are indeed honoured to have such a reputed airline and we are confident that AirAsia will add value to our airport and we will fully support AirAsia in every way.
I would like to convey our special thanks on behalf of Maldives Airports Company Ltd to the AirAsia team for choosing Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in their route expansion and I wish AirAsia all the best in their future endeavoursâ€.
â€œMaldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL) welcomes Asiaâ€™s number one low cost airline AirAsia to Ibrahim Nasir (INIA) International Airport. In many ways, AirAsia has captured the hearts of many passengers as a very special airline. AirAsiaâ€™s new routes to INIA would boost the Maldivian Tourism and Trade benefiting Maldivian economy,â€ he added.
Resorts in Maldives sit on its own private islands and are as romantic as it gets. Be assured of uninterrupted views of the sunset and go to sleep above the gentle sea in your own private chalet. The collective islands of Maldives is dubbed as the ultimate beach destination. It is widely frequented as an unforgettable honeymoon spot because of its pristine beaches and azure waters.
Maldives is made up of 1,190 consistently beautiful coral islands spread over 90,000 square kilometers. 90% of the Maldives is made up of sea, making it a perfect destination to enjoy activities such as water sports, snorkeling, diving, night fishing and surfing for those who cannot get enough of the sea.
Enjoy the striking beauty of Vaadhoo (Raa Atoll) islandâ€™s Sea of Stars. The luminous beach is â€œlit upâ€ by a natural phenomenon of phytoplankton known asdinoflagellates.
Little known to many, Maldives is also home to a few â€˜must-visitâ€™ heritage and cultural sites. The Coral Stone Mosques on the main island are rich with Islamic architecture and the grandeur of a long-standing history. In 2013, the mosques were put on UNESCOâ€™s tentative list for World Heritage Sites.
Other attractions include the first National Museum of Maldives, built in 1952; the Mulee-aage, the current Presidential residence which was completed in 1919; and Raalhugandu, a vantage point built by local surfers and residents of neighboring houses for watching surfers and enjoying vast sea views.