AirAsia X to fly to Nagoya from March

AirAsia X to fly to Nagoya from March
Azran (second from right) launching the Kuala Lumpur–Nagoya route. Looking on are governor of Aichi prefecture Hideaki Ohmura (third from left) and Central Japan International Airport president and chief executive officer Hiroshi Kawakami.

KUALA LUMPUR - AirAsia X will be flying to Nagoya early next year after its successful operations to Tokyo and Osaka in Japan.

The low-cost carrier would commence flights to Chubu Centrair International Airport from Kuala Lumpur beginning March 17, it said in a press statement yesterday.

In conjunction with the launch, it is offering all-in one-way deals from as low as RM199 (S$77.60) on economy class and RM699 on premium category to Nagoya, located just 50 minutes from Osaka and one hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo via train.

Bookings are available online from today to Nov 24, for travel between March 17 and Aug 5.

There would be four flights weekly into Nagoya, the statement said.

AirAsia X currently operates daily flights to Tokyo (Haneda) and four flights weekly to Osaka (Kansai) from Kuala Lumpur.

Nagoya is the birth place of the Toyota car and the three samurai warriors who unified Japan in the 16th century. It is also home to one of the most venerable shrines in Japan - the Atsuta Shrine - and the restored Nagoya castle that was burnt during World War II.

AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osm­an-Rani said the carrier had flown half a million passengers to and from Japan, adding that the Land of the Rising Sun contributed over 14 per cent of its total revenue in the first half of the year.

"Guests will also be able to fly to a host of destinations from Kuala Lumpur using AirAsia's Fly-Thru service, which allows guests to connect between two different flights via the Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal without having to check in twice," he said.

Fly-Thru routes available from Nagoya are Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia; Bali, Bandung, Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya in Indonesia; Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia; Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand; Taipei in Taiwan; Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam; Kochi in India and Singapore.

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