After Malaysia Airlines pulled out from the Maldives, Male is again connected to Kuala Lumpur with a non stop service from Air Asia.
On October 23, AirAsia Bhd (Malaysia) launched its direct service from Kuala Lumpur to Male (Maldives). The carrier operates three weekly frequencies in an Airbus A321. The Kuala Lumpur-Male flight leaves KL at 18:55 with an arrival in the Maldives at 20:10 local time. The route is now served on exclusivity by AirAsia and is in connection with the airline’s flights to and from Seoul Incheon, Osaka, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Gold Coast and Penang via AirAsia’s Fly-Thru service.
To celebrate the inaugural flight, several resorts in the Maldives are offering discounts and privileges exclusively to AirAsia guests with up to 40 per cent off hotel rates at properties such as Holiday Inn, Sheraton, W Retreat & Spa and more.
Spencer Lee, head of Commercial for AirAsia said, “We are proud to be the only airline connecting Malaysia to the Maldives directly.It is one of the most-sought-after getaways in the world for leisure travelers and are considered by many travellers as the perfect place for a honeymoon or group vacation.
“We would like to thank Maldives Airports Company Limited for their warm welcome and look forward to collaborate further to boost connectivity between Kuala Lumpur and Maldives, especially via our Fly-Thru service.
“We embarked on an exercise to optimize our route network and as result, have introduced seven exclusive routes this year, including Maldives. This continued expansion of our network highlights our commitment in offering our guests the best connectivity throughout the region.”
Adil Moosa, managing director of Maldives Airports Ltd said, “It’s very special for all of us as the much anticipated airline AirAsia has launched its direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Maldives.We are indeed honoured to have such a reputed airline and we are confident that AirAsia will add value to our airport and we will fully support AirAsia in every way”.
The route was served in the past by AirAsia X from Kuala Lumpur but the Airbus A330 capacity was considered as too big back to 2013.