AirAsia Berhad recently launched a direct route between Chengdu and Kuala Lumpur — the eleventh international route to Chengdu.
Four flights are arranged each week for this route on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. A single trip will take four hours and forty minutes.
According to Edzuar Zar Ayob, the tourism consul of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Shanghai office, each year 40,000 tourists visit Kuala Lumpur from Sichuan province. It is estimated that this number will increase by 20%-30% after the launch of the direct air route.
Yang Ming from Sichuan Comfort International Travel Service also sees a promising future. He estimates that the direct flight will save tourists the time needed to transfer in Guangzhou, Singapore, or Thailand, and also reduce the price of air tickets. Yang thinks the number of tourists will double or even triple with the launch of this flight.