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AirAsia X to link Centrair to Malaysia

JIJI

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia X said Monday that it will open a route between Kuala Lumpur and Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) in Aichi Prefecture.

The affiliate of leading Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to start four flights a week on the route starting March 17.

This will be AirAsia X’s third route between Kuala Lumpur and Japan, after those connecting the capital with Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture.

At a news conference in Nagoya, AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer Azran bin Osman Rani said Nagoya is in the central part of Japan and rich in history and culture. The company wants to consider operating daily flights between Centrair and Kuala Lumpur, he said.

Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura, who joined the press conference, said the prefecture wants to help the airline make the new route popular and increase flights.

Hiroshi Kawakami, president of the firm running Centrair, said the marketing activities conducted with the community have borne fruit.