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Airasia enters Laos market

 AirAsia has placed another flight to its ASEAN network with Vientiane. The airline has carried over 40 million passengers to date, grown from a 2-aircraft fleet to 62 today and now, the final ASEAN country has given the airline the approval to enter the city as part of the airline’s extensive route network – all within the grasp of six years in operation. The airline is set to commence its inaugural flight into the capital of Laos on 1 December 2007.

AirAsia will start with three (3) direct flights per week to Vientiane from LCC Terminal, Kuala Lumpur using its new Airbus aircraft. Situated on the Mekong river, Vientiane is an unassuming city reachable within two hours and 35 minutes flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial, AirAsia, said, “There is a latent demand for this route to be established from the first day we started the airline, and now to see us launching direct flights to Vientiane is like a missing jigsaw puzzle to be fitted into the AirAsia chapter. We are now a truly ASEAN airline, covering all the 10 countries serving over 80 routes within the region.”

“We strongly believe that our amazing low fares will help to stimulate travel in Laos and its surrounding areas especially tapping the backpacking travelers looking for an adventurous trail through Indochina and Thailand. We are also very happy to be able to serve the Malaysians working in Laos who have been very excited with our announcement. We trust our entry into Laos will further strengthen our position as the preferred airline of the region in enabling more people to fly,” added Kathleen.

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