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AirAsia X expands into Africa and Nairobi is first stop

July 2, 20244 minute read
Nairobi is first stop

Nairobi is first stop for AirAsia X as the airline expands into Africa, introducing a new intercontinental route between Kuala Lumpur and Nairobi, Africa’s safari haven. The first flight to Kenya’s capital on 15th November 2024, ia a major achievement for AAX as the first and only low-cost Malaysian carrier to offer direct air connectivity to this lively city.

The addition of Nairobi follows up on the airline’s solid start to the year which has seen the airline’s strong load factor helping them regain market leadership on their network. By selecting this strategic entry point in Africa, the airline is following up on their success with their  maiden entry into Central Asia, through Almaty in Kazakhstan.

Nairobi is first stop

The Nairobi route serves as a crucial link in connecting Asia to Africa, fostering stronger trade, tourism and business ties within the region. By facilitating direct air travel between Kuala Lumpur and Nairobi, the airline aims to enhance accessibility and spur economic opportunities for both countries.

AAX will also offer a seamless Fly-Thru connection, creating a vital link between Kenya and 130 destinations across Southeast Asia, Northern and Central Asia, and Australia providing a range of affordable and convenient travel options for travellers.

Grab AirAsia X free seats to Nairobi in Kenya

The time has come for thrill seekers, globe trotters and nature lovers to plan for their Kenyan adventure with FREE Seats* from Kuala Lumpur and Nairobi. The promotion is exclusively available for booking on the AirAsia MOVE app (formerly known as the airasia Superapp) on your phone or desktop until 14th July 2024 for travel between 15th November 2024 and 8th October 2025.

*The FREE Seat promotion applies to BASE FARE only one way on Economy Seats for a limited time only based on a first come first serve basis. All-in fares start from RM471 inclusive of fuel surcharge, relevant taxes and fees. Other terms and conditions apply.

Flight schedule between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Nairobi (NBO):

Route Flight No Departure Arrival Days of Service
Kuala Lumpur – Nairobi D7 101 19:00 (7pm) 23:00 (11pm) Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Nairobi – Kuala Lumpur D7 102 00:30 (12.30am) 15:10 (3.10pm) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Situated in the heart of Kenya, Nairobi boasts acres of lush greenery, wide open grass plains that go as far as the eye can see and an abundance of wildlife. These attract throngs of tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the near-extinct Northern White Rhino or the Great Migration in Masai Mara. If you’re not into breathtaking skylines or thrilling safari experiences don’t move you, the city is a bustling metropolis of vibrant nightlife, brimming with deeply rooted cultural experiences and flavourful delights to delight any foodie’s palate.
Nairobi is first stop

Of course, travellers from Africa coming to Malaysia is music to the ears of  Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tiong King Sing, who says

…. we can look forward to receiving more travellers from Kenya to explore our beautiful destinations in Malaysia such as Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Langkawi and others, particularly as we envision welcoming 35.6 million tourists, generating target receipts of RM147. 1 billion for Visit Malaysia 2026.

His words were echoed by Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A who is thrilled to announce the direct new route, bridging Malaysia and Kenya, marking the beginning of a new journey into Africa, with the goal of making Kuala Lumpur a global low cost carrier hub. 

In line with this longer term plan, Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X added that …..

…. this route presents excellent connectivity opportunities to other key markets we serve, including Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand. Travellers across the region can now journey more affordably to Kenya, with a convenient stopover in Kuala Lumpur.

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