AirAsia inaugurates Penang to Hong Kong service

AirAsia staff celebrate new Penang-Hong Kong service.
Photo Credit: AirAsia

AirAsia, South East Asia inaugurated the newly resumed flight from Hong Kong to Penang on the 10th of August with a grand opening. The new flight will be operated thrice weekly from the island of Penang. 

This is a major milestone as this make AirAsia the only low-cost carrier offering a direct air connection between the two metropolitan cities. 

At the welcoming ceremony, the flight was inaugurated and graced by individuals with high positions, such as the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture of Malaysia,  YB Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan, the Caretaker Penang State EXCO for Tourism & Creative Economy,.

Also in attendance were YB Yeoh Soon Hin, Chief Executive Officer of Penang Global Tourism, Mr Ooi Chok Yan, and Non-Executive Director of Capital A, Dato’ Abdul Aziz Bakar. 

This ceremony underlines the importance of the re-opening of the Penang to Hong Kong route, opening up endless opportunities. 

Flight details


The flight departed from Hon Kong International Airport as AK2280 and arrived at Penang International Airport at 2:55 pm local time. 

The flight carried an impressive passenger load of 96%, and guests were given a warm traditional Malay welcome upon landing. 

Moreover, the aircraft was greeted with a water cannon salute, a long-standing tradition in aviation. 

Hong Kong and Penang will become more connected than ever and will enhance the two cities’ trade and connectivity. 

YB Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang EXCO for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE) said: “I heartily commend AirAsia for its continuous efforts in evolving its network to and from Penang to allow for more seamless travel.”

“This new route connecting Penang and Hong Kong will undoubtedly serve to strengthen tourism ties and promote cultural exchange, further boosting economic development for both cities. I look forward to seeing the benefits this new route reaps not only for Penangites but for fellow travelers in North Asia.”

CEO of AirAsia Malaysia Riad Asmat, stated: “We are thrilled to officially operate our seventh direct international route from Penang, the Hong Kong-Penang route which is a significant addition to our ever-expanding network in Penang, our third-largest hub in Malaysia.”

“As the only low-cost carrier offering this direct connection, we aim to make travel more accessible and affordable for our guests flying between these two dynamic cities.”

“My humblest gratitude goes out to the Penang State Government and Penang Global Tourism for their steadfast support in promoting Penang as a must-visit destination.”

AirAsia from Penang


In light of the re-opening of the route, the low-cost carrier offered promotional fares between Hong Kong and Penang until the 13th of August at just RM279. The travel period for the promotions is between 21 August 2023 and 31 March 2024. 

The low-cost carrier currently flies 7 direct international flights from Penang: including Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Surabaya, Jakarta, Medan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

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