AirAsia resumes popular Kuala Lumpur – Kaohsiung route

AirAsia cabin crew hold up Kaohsiung banners at the aircraft entrance door.
Photo Credit: AirAsia

LONDON – AirAsia celebrated its post-pandemic inaugural flight to Kaohshiung from Kuala Lumpur on 12 November 2022 after two long years with no air connectivity between the cities.

Flight AK170 took off at 5:25PM local time, and arrived at 9:55PM local time in Kaohsiung with a healthy load factor of 114 guests onboard. 

A grand send-off event was held at Klia2 for the guests onboard the flight who received goodie bags filled with various AirAsia merchandise items and an iPass each worth NTD50. Guests were also treated to a special performance by AirAsia’s talented Cabin Crew.

AirAsia CEO comments

Riad Asmat, CEO of AirAsia Malaysia said: “This inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kaohsiung is a long-awaited occasion for us. Our Kaohshiung and Taipei routes were amongst our most popular and frequented by many since we commenced operations in the region in 2005.”

“It was a difficult decision to halt our flights for over two years during the pandemic but it’s incredibly heartening to see our first flight take off and with so many excited guests onboard, ready to explore the wonders of the city.”

“Now that travel restrictions have eased worldwide, we look forward to connecting more travellers to Kaohshiung and soon to Taipei when the flights resume in December 2022!”

“Last week we celebrated having flown 700 million guests in our 21 years of flying and in conjunction with that, we’re treating our loyal guests to a number of amazing promos with some unbeatable deals to these cities. Grab yours and join us in the skies!”


Kaohsiung, famed for its picturesque harbour and sprawling landscape, is one of AirAsia’s most popular destinations in the North Asia region. Travellers to both destinations are spoiled for choice when it comes to tourism attractions.

Furthermore, both Kaohsiung and Taipei are often a preferred choice for travellers who are looking for affordable Muslim-friendly food options. These two bustling cities are also home to a unique attraction ‒ free internet access is available throughout the cities with thousands of WiFi access points placed at various locations.

To celebrate the resumption of flights to Kaohsiung and Taipei, wanderlust travellers can purchase value-for-money seats to these destinations from just RM349 for an all-in-fare for travel between 1 January 2023 and 30 March 2024.

As of 13 October 2022, travel restrictions have been eased for the majority of international visitors to Kaohshiung and Taipei. Malaysians (as well as citizens from selected countries) can visit these cities without any visa, vaccinations, COVID-19 tests or quarantine requirements.

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