Low cost carrier AirAsia X has reported strong sales of its new Paris route with over 30,000 seats sold in less than 72 hours.
The airline announced its Kuala Lumpur – Paris route last week with four times weekly flights to begin on February 14, 2011.
Tickets went on sale Monday. Fares from Kuala Lumpur to Paris start from $219* until sold out for travel between February 14 and November 10 2011.
“The initial launch sales are showing positive results, with over 30,000 seats sold in less than 72 hours,” AirAsia X head of commercial Darren Wright said.
“This is very exciting and we’re very pleased with the results. The Paris route is a significant achievement for us and with our London route, makes travel between Australia and Europe more affordable than ever.
“Return tickets from Australia to France can cost less than $1000* and we have been seeing a rush from Australians keen to take advantage of the strong dollar and holiday in Europe.”
AirAsia flies direct to Kuala Lumpur from the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth.
Standard fares from the Gold Coast to KL start from $227*, Melbourne from $269* and Perth from $159*. Return flights are even less.
“Never before has there been a low cost option between Australia and France, so we expect the number of Australians visiting France to rise along with the number of French visitors to our shores, which is great news for Australian tourism,” Wright said.
Tourism Australia MD Andrew McEvoy welcomed the launch of the new route which he said would bolster the nation’s growing French visitor market.
“AirAsia X is a bona fide carrier that has added many new passengers to Australia,” McEvoy said.
“In our business, aviation access is key and new capacity out of a growing market such as France will be welcomed by the Australian tourism industry with open arms.”
The new Kuala Lumpur – Paris route will be serviced by the Airbus A340 aircraft with 327 passenger capacity including 18 Premium seats.