AirAsia X Launches First African Route: Nairobi-Kuala Lumpur

Officials celebrate launch of AirAsia X flights from Kuala Lumpur to Nairobi.
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AirAsia X (AAX) has made a historic announcement with its first-ever route into Africa. This new venture into the African continent connects travelers to the heart of Kenya, Nairobi.

This is a city synonymous with adventure safaris and vibrant culture.

The inaugural flight takes off on November 15th, 2024. This marks AAX’s position as the first Malaysian low-cost carrier offering direct flights to Nairobi.

A Strong Year for AAX

This expansion follows a triumphant year for the long-haul carrier AAX. It has been marked by strong financial performance, impressive passenger loads, and regaining its position as a network leader.

Additionally, in March, AAX launched inaugural flights to Almaty, Kazakhstan, demonstrating its commitment to expanding its reach beyond Southeast Asia.

The Nairobi route establishes a crucial link between Asia and Africa. It will be instrumental in fostering stronger trade, tourism, and business ties across the two continents.

By enabling direct air travel between Kuala Lumpur and Nairobi, AAX aims to boost accessibility and unlock new economic opportunities for both countries.

Imagine exploring the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur or basking on the pristine beaches of Langkawi, followed by a Kenyan safari adventure – all within a single trip!

Beyond Nairobi

AAX offers more than just direct flights. Passengers flying into Nairobi can enjoy seamless Fly-Thru connections. This means access to over 130 destinations across Southeast Asia, Northern and Central Asia, and Australia.

This commitment to global connectivity provides travelers with affordable and convenient travel options. It opens doors to explore a vast array of new cultures and landscapes.

Budget-conscious adventurers can embark on a multi-destination journey, incorporating stunning destinations like Bangkok, Seoul, or Tokyo, with a convenient stopover in Kuala Lumpur.

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The announcement of the Nairobi route has been met with enthusiasm from government officials and industry leaders.

YB Dato’ Sri Tiong King Sing, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, expressed his pride in the historic connection: “This marks a proud moment for Malaysia!”

“AAX bridges the gap between Asia, Australia, and beyond, and now, we welcome travelers from Kenya to explore our beautiful destinations.”

Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A, the parent company of AirAsia X, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the route’s significance.

“This new route directly connects Malaysia and Kenya, embodying our mission of affordable global connectivity. It strengthens ties between continents and opens doors to new tourism, business, and trade opportunities.”

“This is the beginning of our African adventure, solidifying Kuala Lumpur as a global low-cost carrier hub.”

A Kenyan Adventure

Thrill-seekers, globetrotters, and nature lovers can soon experience the magic of Kenya with FREE Seats offered by AirAsia X (subject to terms and conditions).

This exclusive offer is available for booking on the AirAsia MOVE app (formerly the airasia Superapp) from now until July 14th, 2024, for travel dates between November 15th, 2024, and October 8th, 2025.

Nestled in the heart of Kenya, Nairobi offers a unique blend of experiences. Lush greenery surrounds the city, beckoning nature enthusiasts to explore Nairobi National Park, a haven for wildlife including lions, zebras, and giraffes.

Venture further for a chance to witness the awe-inspiring Great Migration in Masai Mara, a spectacle that sees millions of wildebeest and zebra traverse the savanna in a relentless cycle of life and survival.

For those seeking a different kind of thrill, Nairobi boasts a vibrant nightlife scene with trendy bars and pulsating clubs.

byeangel from Tsingtao, China, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Culture and Cuisine

Beyond the natural wonders, Nairobi is a city steeped in rich culture and heritage. Explore bustling markets overflowing with local crafts and textiles.

Delve into the city’s history at the National Museum of Kenya, or immerse yourself in the vibrant artistic scene at the Karen Blixen Museum.

Foodies will delight in Nairobi’s diverse culinary scene. Sample traditional Kenyan dishes like Nyama Choma (grilled meat) or Ugali (cornmeal porridge), or savor international flavors at upscale restaurants.

With its warm hospitality and welcoming atmosphere, Nairobi offers something for every traveler.


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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 5 Min Read
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