LANGKAWI: AirAsia aims to fly an additional three million passengers to Langkawi over the next five years.
This is on top of the current 1.6 million passengers it ferried in 2015 and in the face of potential demand for traffic to the holiday island.
Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said to achieve the target, the airline was looking at more international routes from and to Langkawi, including Hong Kong, Jakarta and Shanghai.
AirAsia yesterday welcomed its inaugural flight from Guangzhou to Langkawi at the Kompleks Lang Merah, Langkawi International Airport.
The budget airline had announced during the LIMA Airshow in March last year that Langkawi would be its latest international hub in Malaysia.
"Our plan is to base five planes here and over the next five years, I believe AirAsia can reach five million passengers. We will continue to add to the passengers to Langkawi and Kedah," he said after the welcoming ceremony.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, were also present to welcome the inaugural flight.