LCC eyes Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur runs

Kyodo

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia X is considering launching direct flights from Nagoya to Kuala Lumpur in the first half of next year, according to the Aichi Prefectural Government.

Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura spoke about the airline’s plan at a meeting in Nagoya Thursday after learning about it from AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman-Rani during a visit to Malaysia earlier this week, the officials said.

Omura visited three countries including Malaysia from Sept. 8 to 12 to promote tourism and attract airlines.

Osman-Rani said last month that the airline, which operates flights to Haneda airport in Tokyo and Kansai airport in Osaka Prefecture, is considering opening a route to Central Japan International Airport serving Nagoya next year or later.

Malaysian Airlines operated regular flights connecting Nagoya and Kuala Lumpur until January 2008, but the service was stopped due to low capacity.