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11/23/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/23/2023 02:21

AirAsia X spreads its wings to Central Asia as the first Malaysian airline to fly direct to Almaty, Kazakhstan

AirAsia X spreads its wings to Central Asia as the first Malaysian airline to fly direct to Almaty, Kazakhstan

SEPANG, 23 November 2023 - AirAsia X (AAX) is set to spread its wings to Central Asia as the first Malaysian airline to fly directly to Almaty, Kazakhstan commencing 14 March 2024.

AAX's entry into Central Asia marks a significant milestone for the medium-haul airline, opening up new horizons for globetrotters, adventure seekers, foodies, and those who are looking to explore cultures. The airline is confident to contribute a substantial increase in tourism both ways by providing direct and affordable access between Kuala Lumpur and this unique destination.

Almaty, the commercial and cultural hub of Kazakhstan, beckons travellers with its majestic landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and a blend of tradition and modern lifestyle. Almaty also serves as the gateway to one of the world's ten largest nations.

Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Bulat Sugurbayev said: "The AAX entry into Kazakhstan signifies a remarkable milestone in our nations' relations. This strategic initiative not only strengthens the cultural and economic ties between Kazakhstan and Malaysia but also provides affordable options for travellers in the region to explore the captivating beauty of Almaty, and the whole of Kazakhstan - the world's 9th largest country with digital competitiveness outpacing several European, Asian, and American nations. The direct connectivity between Kuala Lumpur and Almaty is poised to elevate tourism and trade, enhancing the bonds between our two nations. We welcome this great milestone and look forward to the positive impact it will bring to both countries."

AirAsia X CEO, Benyamin Ismail said: "This is an entirely new market for AAX and a strategic route to expand into, bringing other parts of the world closer to Southeast Asia. As our first foray into Central Asia, the expansion into the Kazakh market is a strong testament to our vision and determination to explore new territories as well as resuming services to our most popular destinations post pandemic. The move to introduce direct flights to Almaty is expected to foster significant trade, commerce and education interchange, considering Kazakhstan's status as the wealthiest country in Central Asia.

"As AirAsia X celebrates 16 years of connecting people this month, we remain committed to providing unmatched connectivity with the best value fares to everyone's old and new favourite destinations. With this new route we aim to not only enhance travel opportunities between two great and populous destinations, but also to bolster the existing bonds between Kazakhstan and Malaysia in addition to enriching socio-economic sectors in both nations."

As AAX prepares to start its engines for the first time into Central Asia, travellers can soon experience the magic of Almaty, a city where history meets innovation with a promotional fare on sale now starting from RM1,499 all-in* one-way on Economy seats or from RM3,399 all-in* one way on a Premium Flatbed. These great value fares are now available for booking on airasia Superapp or the website from now until 30 November 2023 for the travel period between 14 March and 26 October 2024.

Flight schedule between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Almaty (ALA):

*All-in fares are inclusive of fuel surcharge, relevant taxes and fees. Other terms and conditions apply.