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AirAsia marks 10 years of service in Taiwan

2019/08/20 23:10:09

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Malaysia-based budget airline AirAsia celebrated 10 years of service in Taiwan Tuesday, announcing that new routes will be opened serving Taiwan in the near future.

Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia's chief executive officer, said new routes will be launched very soon connecting Taipei and Kaohsiung with other countries or areas, 10 years since it began operations July 1, 2009.

Over the past 10 years, AirAsia has flown 6 million Taiwanese passengers, he noted.

AirAsia attaches great importance to the Taiwan market, and employs more than 100 Taiwanese workers, including flight attendants and ground staff, Benyamin said.

Currently, AirAsia operates 13 routes with 88 weekly flights departing from Taipei or Kaohsiung to Malaysia, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand, according to AirAsia.

Al Chen (陳長星), AirAsia's sales manager in Taiwan, said the airline registered a load factor of 85.7 percent in the first half of the year, which will help it carry 1.8 million Taiwanese passengers for the whole year -- a five-fold growth over the 2009 level.

The airline also announced that from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 25, NT$1,800 tickets for single trips leaving from Taipei or Kaohsiung before Feb. 29, 2020 are on offer.

(By Flor Wang and S.F. Wang)