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Just got a confirmation from AirAsia X CEO – Mr. Azran confirming 2X a week : KL – Colombo – Male – KL & another 2X week: KL-Male-Colombo-KL.
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I was asked by a Facebook friend regarding AirAsia X flight to Maldives, the route which has been speculated for years.
Upon checking on AirAsia.com, the first flight would be on 29 September 2013. The lowest fare currently is RM812 return from Kuala Lumpur. From the details, AirAsia X will be flying 4 times a week to Male on Tue, Thurs, Fri & Sunday.
However if the cheapest price is from RM812, AirAsia X will have a hard time to persuade customers to fly to Maldives with them especially with its rival Malaysia Airlines lowest fare is only from RM1,099.
If you familiar with AirAsia, RM812 is without baggage, drinks & meal which comes at extra cost. Adding basic baggage would easily increase the fare by RM100. With a mere RM200 differences, Malaysia Airlines is definitely the better choice.
However, the main question is, are there enough Malaysians ready to fly to Maldives to make this route sustainable? The cost of air ticket is not a barrier but the problem lies at the cost of accommodation in Maldives.
Although there are some news pinpointing Tune Hotels will be building hotels in Maldives, could AirAsia X sustain until then?
For now, there is no official announcement yet from AirAsia X yet hopefully more official news will be announce soon. Hopefully the launching fare will be much lower.