AirAsia Flying KL to Lombok
AirAsia celebrated its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Lombok on Friday, 12 October, 2012.
The low cost airline announced the launch of its KL-Lombok flights two months ago, with special introductory fares from as low as $30 AUD one way. Travelers at both destinations started snapping up the cheap deals in a run for the counter.
Tourists from Korea, Japan, Thailand and China we showing a Healthy interest in the route as Aireen Omar told reporters that they had already sold over 9,000 tickets since the deal came on line.
Speaking at the first landing in Lombok, Aireen said that Indonesia was an important market for AirAsia, with as many as 9.3 million passengers traveling between Malaysia and Indonesia to date.
AirAsia will link Lombok directly to Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, with return flights three times per week; on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline uses an Airbus 330 for the flights with a seating capacity for 257 passengers.
Aireen said that the route would be evaluated over the next three months, with the possibility of daily flights being introduced if there is enough demand. The company will also promote Lombok on its routes throug
The AirAsia flights are seen as a significant boost to the growing tourism industry in Lombok. Development has been hampered in the past by a lack of direct flights to Lombok and limited air services between Lombok and neighboring Bali, particularly during peak seasons.h the AirAsia inflight magazine, with the NTB provincial government subsidizing promotion in the first year of operation.
Since the opening of the Lombok International Airport in October last year, tourism industry stakeholders have been hopeful of direct air connections for Lombok with international routes, as well as an increased number of domestic routes – all of which open Lombok up to the world and give travelers a greater variety of choices.
KL is a hub for AirAsia and offers huge connectivity throughout the world, with routes linking KL to other major destinations in Southeast Asia as well as Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia.
Silk Air has successfully operated direct flights three times per week between Singapore and Lombok for more than 6 years and is already a popular route for Asian and European visitors to Lombok.
Tourism stakeholders believe the most significant factor, apart from direct connections to KL, is that AirAsia has recognised the potential of Lombok and are already discussing the possibility of direct flights to Australia.
Australia is a key market in the region and, once Australians discover the beauty of Lombok – an exotic destination only around 3 hours flight time from Western Australia – more airlines and routes are sure to follow.