AirAsia X now flies to Colombo, Male

PETALING JAYA - Malaysians can now head to Colombo or Male via low-cost carrier AirAsia X.

The airline will begin the two new routes on Saturday and with four weekly flights, passengers will be able to fly from Kuala Lumpur into the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male, Maldives.

"What is unique about this new route is that, guests may opt to hop on our flights to Sri Lanka, or continue on to Maldives, or fly direct to Maldives and vice-versa from the Kuala Lumpur hub.

"With greater connectivity, more of our guests can experience the crystalline blue waters of Male and experience the natural beauty of lush greens in Colombo and its surrounding regions," said AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani in a statement yesterday.

He expressed confidence that the new routes would stimulate new travel demand and boost tourism and business potential for Malaysia and the two countries.

In conjunction with the launch, the long-haul carrier is offering fares from as low as RM219 on economy and RM959 on premium seats to Colombo, and from RM399 on economy and RM959 on premium seats to Male.

The booking period for the promotion began on Monday and ends on Sunday, while the travel period is between Saturday and March 29 next year.