Phuket, 4 April 2018 – The Pearl of the Orient is now even closer to Phuket as AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline, will now fly to Phuket, Thailand with direct flights commencing on 1 July 2018.
Operated exclusively by AirAsia Berhad (flight code AK), the direct flight marks the airline’s 10th route from the Pearl of the Orient, further strengthening AirAsia’s inter-Asean connectivity. Flights from Phuket to Penang will operate with daily direct flights.
Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial for AirAsia Malaysia said, “Penang is undoubtedly one of Malaysia’s pride with its World Heritage status, internationally acclaimed cuisines, vibrant cultures and beautiful architecture. More importantly, its strategic location at the crossroads in the region has helped boost the growing inbound and outbound travel demand that saw seven million tourist arrivals via air travel last year.
“As a truly Asean airline that flies to all 10 Asean countries, we are happy to continue our efforts in linking up our Asean footprint further as part of our extensive network. We are positive that the latest route will significantly contribute to the tourism sectors of both countries to become a desirable tourism region for travellers across the world,” he added.
In celebration of the new direct route, all-in-fares from THB990* one-way from Phuket to Penang is available for booking from 4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018 for the travel period between 1 July 2018 and 28 October 2018. Visit airasia.com or use the AirAsia mobile app on the iPhone or Android devices to enjoy the special promotional fares.
Aside from Penang, AirAsia also flies directly from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur (31 times weekly one way).
Penang is a thriving melting pot of a city where everyone is a certified foodie. Rich culture and traditions give rise to lingering scents of irresistible food from all corners of Malaysia, as the island’s heritage is proudly and fiercely preserved without resisting the flood of modernity. Ask any local where to find the best local bites – char kuey teow, assam laksa, cendol, ais kacang, Hokkien mee, Nasi Kandar and many more! The birthplace of many famous Malaysian dishes, the streets of Penang such as Lorong Selamat, Macalister Road and Kimberly Street are filled with variations of the classics.
Then, step into George Town’s many quaint streets such as Armenian Street and Acheh Street, and travellers will find a place where time stands still. Here in this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the well-preserved colonial-era structures, including temples, mosques and churches. Attractions such as the recently added street artworks by Ernest Zacharevic are also a big pull.
Visitors will also love the colourful night market along Ferringhi Beach. Come over for some trinket shopping, get a foot massage across the street or just hop on to one of the many famous bars along the street. Also, don’t miss the Temple of Supreme Bliss, with its many towers sprawled atop a hillside, and a giant 36.5 metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy standing tall at the summit. The view is fantastic, but more so during festive periods such as Chinese New Year when you’ll find the entire place decorated with hundreds of lanterns – quite a sight for all visitors.