AirAsia said it is confident with the newly-launched routes between Kota Kinabalu and the Chinese cities of Beijing and Macao will continue to receive strong demand from tourists and travellers, with both flights registering an impressive load factor of more than 90 percent.
The maiden flight from Beijing on 2 July 2023 recorded 172 guests (92 percent full) and the inaugural flight from Macao yesterday welcomed 169 guests (93 percent full). Both new services demonstrate significant consumer demand for these routes and the airline expects it to continue to pick up both ways.
AirAsia’s mid-haul airline, AirAsia X (AAX) also recorded a remarkable load factor for its first flight from Chengdu (Tianfu) to Kuala Lumpur on 1 July 2023 with 376 passengers (99 percent full). Based on the increasing forward demand, AAX has increased the frequency from twice weekly to thrice weekly recently.
The group views the exceptional load factor as a testament to AirAsia’s commitment to reviving the local and regional tourism industry while expanding its China market as the largest foreign low-cost carrier with the most connections and capacity in the country.