13 Jul '11, 1pm

Air Asia X to London will land at Gatwick airport

Air Asia X to London will land at Gatwick airport

LONDON: Air Asia X, the long-haul low-fare affiliate of Air Asia, announced it will move its London operations to Gatwick airport from October 24. The airline had been operating flights six times a week from Stansted, which lies around 40 miles north of the capital. The move comes as the airline attempts to drive up traffic by operating from the much busier Gatwick, which has flights to the rest of Europe as well as North America. Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of Air Asia X, said: "Times are equally challenging now because of high oil prices and that affect longer haul routes and the 13-hour flight to KL is quite vulnerable. "And, we're hoping the additional demand that Gatwick can generate can help to off set some of those higher cost challenges." The route will be serviced by the airline's Airbus A340-300 planes, which have 327 seats, including 18 flat bed seats. They planned to...

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