AirAsia X resumes Kuala Lumpur-Changsha flights, expanding China network

SEPANG, MALAYSIA – AirAsia X announced the resumption of its services between Kuala Lumpur and Changsha, further solidifying the airline’s commitment to expanding its presence in the Chinese market, building on its recent inaugural flight to Xi’an last week.

Starting 5 July 2024, travelers can once again fly directly to Changsha, the capital and largest city of Hunan Province, with four weekly flights initially. As one of China’s first national and historically cultural cities including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wu Ling Yuan (Zhangjiajie) where the Hollywood blockbuster Avatar was filmed, the airline expects these resumption of services will be popular and will look to expand based on forecast future demand. Changsha has also earned numerous accolades, including the title of “China Top Tourist City” and has been designated both the “World Capital of Media Arts” and the “Culture City of East Asia”.

Changsha marks AAX’s sixth direct route to China, complementing AirAsia Malaysia’s (flight code AK) extensive network of 12 destinations within Greater China including Guangzhou, Kunming, Guilin, Nanning, Quanzhou, Shantou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Macao, and Hong Kong.

AirAsia X CEO, Benyamin Ismail said: “China has always been one of our most popular markets and continues to be amongst our fastest growing markets. Today’s announcement means we are further strengthening our foothold in one of the world’s largest counties where we have historically maintained a robust presence as the largest low cost foreign carrier in the region. In 2019, we carried over 140,000 guests to/from Changsha, highlighting the robust demand for our services. Now with strong pent up demand, we are fully dedicated to propelling the industry forward to achieve the government’s international tourist arrival target of 27 million this year. We remain committed to expanding our network that not only maintains AirAsia Group’s market dominance as the largest foreign best value carrier by capacity, but also enables AAX to remain committed in our quest to stimulate and make air travel affordable for everyone.” 

All Malaysians are eligible for visa-free entry to China for tourist visits of up to 15 days until 30 November 2024.

Flight Schedule between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Changsha (CSX):