First passengers boarding the direct flight from Kuala Lumpur get off the plan at Cam Ranh airport on September 14 (Photo: VNA)

Nha Trang (VNA) – A direct flight route between Vietnam’s central Khanh Hoa province and Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur was launched on September 14.

Close to 380 passengers were on board the September 14 A320 flights, which took off from Kuala Lumpur at 10:30 and landed Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa at 11:35; and left Cam Ranh airport at 12:00 and arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 15:15.

At a press conference introducing the route in Nha Trang city the same day, AirAsia representatives said the carrier operates two flights a day on the route, aiming to draw more Malaysians to Nha Trang while enabling local people and Nha Trang’s foreign visitors to fly to over 120 destinations in Asia using its services.   

This is AirAsia’s 54th exclusive route from Malaysia in Asia, according to Spencer Lee, the carrier’s commercial director.

Khanh Hoa catered for nearly 1 million foreign visitors in the first half of this year, expanding by 80 percent from the same period last year.

AirAsia is the largest and leading budget carrier in Asia. It has transported over 400 million passengers by a fleet of over 200 planes since 2001 when it launched the first service.-VNA