AirAsia marks another milestone as the first international airline to land in Bhubaneswar, India Four times weekly direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bhubaneswar,28th April 2018 (By Prasant Ku Bhuyan)– AirAsia marks another milestone as the first international airline in the world to operate direct flights from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The airline’s latest new route with four times weekly direct flights from Bhubaneswar will offer guests an experience of the rich culture, tantalizing food scene and multi-faceted sights of the country’s capital city,Kuala Lumpur.A receiving ceremony was held at Biju Patnaik International Airport to celebrate the arrival of flight AK31 which flew in on an Airbus A320 into Bhubaneswar, India. The aircraft landed at 11.35PM last night and was greeted with a water salute cannon. Part of the guests on board the inaugural flight were Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad; Datuk ZainuddinAbdWahab, Senior Director of TourismMalaysia as well as a group of Malaysian media who will participate in a familiarisation trip to explore the beauty of Bhubaneswar. In conjunction with the inaugural flight, a press conference and celebration event was held today at Bhubaneswar with the attendances of His Excellency Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid, The High Commissioner of Malaysia to India; YBhg. Datuk ZainuddinAbdWahab, Senior Director Tourism Malaysia; Ashok Chandra Panda, The Honorable Minister of Tourism and Culture Odisha; Arti Ahuja, Principal Secretary Department of Tourism Odisha along with Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia. Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia said, “We are very excited to be here today in Bhubaneswar as the first international airline in the world to offer this exclusive direct route between Kuala Lumpur and Bhubaneswar. Lighting the Lamp on the eve of first international Flight from Kualalumpur to Bhubaneswar at Biju Pattnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar, Ashok Ch. Panda, Minister, Tourism and Culture, Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister industries and School Mass Education, with Smt. Arati Ahuja , Secy. And Director of Tourism, Gov. of Odisha.Air Asia plain AK – 31 from Kualalumpur to Bhubaneswar first International Flight lands on Biju Pattnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar. Bijayshri Routray Minister Revenue and Disaster management welcomes the CEO of Air Asia.Bijayshri Routray Minister Revenue and Disaster management realises commemorative Postal Cover on the eve of first International Flight. Passengers from Malaysia are greeted at Airport with Traditional Flavour, Minister Tourism and Culture, Ashok Ch. Panda, Minister industries and School Mass Education, Debi Prasad Mishra, are also present. Minister of Culture and Tourism Sri Ashok Ch. Panda, CEO Air Asia I.V. Omar at the inaugural celebration of Kuala Lumpur – Bhubaneswar Air Flight at Mayfair CEO Air Asia I.V. Omar addressing the press on the occasion of Kuala Lumpur – Bhubaneswar Air Flight inaugural celebration at Hotel Mayfair As a group, India is an important market to us and with the launch of this new unique route, it shows our commitment towards enhancing our connectivity in the country.“Furthermore, the recent announcement of multiple-entry eVisa facility valid up to 15 days by the Malaysian government is indeed a great news to all leisure and business traveller from India. We canforesee a steep increase in tourist arrival in the near future that will facilitate stronger tourism and economic growth for both countries. As an airline, we are pleased to accommodate this growth with our best flight connectivity in and out of India through the world’s best inflight service at the region’s lowest fares,” added Aireen.Speaking on the celebration, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha added, “I am glad to announce the direct international flight operations from Odishato Kuala Lumpur that has been started by AirAsia. This was possible due to the relentless efforts of the state government by facilitating international flight operators to start direct international flights from Bhubaneshwar. Now people from Odisha can directly travel abroad from Bhubaneshwar international airport. I congratulate the people of Odishaon this historic occasion. I hope this new connectivity ushers in a new era of progress for our state”.Guests can make use of the optional Fly-Thru service to connect to flights with their baggage checked-through to the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance at the transit hub. With this service, people of Odisha can now travel seamlessly to most cities in Asia and Australia, such as from Melbourne, Auckland, Bali, Bangkok or Haneda from Bhubaneswar via Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia Group also connects Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai,Tiruchirappalli, New Delhi directly to Kuala Lumpur, and from Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Kolkata directly to Bangkok in Thailand.Kuala Lumpur or “KL” is the perfect representation of the harmoniously multi-racial Malaysia. From its humble beginnings of a tin mining city, the ‘muddy confluence’ has progressively transformed into one of the most developed capital cities of Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur’s world-famous landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), and the surrounding attractions that host cultural elements from the various ethnicities represented in Malaysia are some must-visit sites when visiting the capital city.Places to visit such as the 421m tall KL Tower, Central Market (PasarSeni), Petaling Street, KLCC,Malaysia Tourism Centre and Bukit Bintang are all accessible from the free GoKL bus. A day trip to visit other nearby attractions such as Port Dickson, Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Putrajaya, Batu Caves, and Sunway Lagoon are also ideal from the city centre.Guests who wish to explore more of Malaysia can also take advantage of AirAsia’s domestic network to the idyllic resort island Langkawi; or fly further to the tip of Borneo Island Kota Kinabalu to marvel at Southeast Asia’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu, discover the mysterious Mulu Caves as well as dive into the world famous underwater world at Sipadan Island.