AirAsia X launches as sole carrier operating to Okinawa via Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).
Travellers wanting to explore more of Japan can now look forward to a new destination as AirAsia X is now flying to Okinawa. The inaugural flight took off on 22 January 2020, the route from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Okinawa (OKA) via Taipei (TPE) scheduled to be four times a week, utilising their A330 aircraft. This is the carrier’s sixth international destination in Japan, after Tokyo (Haneda and Narita), Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Nagoya (via Bangkok).
The breathtaking Kerama Blue ocean view at Zamami Island. (Photo: Courtesy of visitokinawa.jp)
Okinawa, which means “rope in the open sea,” is Japan's southernmost prefecture, comprising more than 150 islands in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. Part of the Kyushu region, Okinawa falls within the subtropical climate zone, with temperatures falling below 15 degrees in winter and rising up to 25 to 28 degrees in the summer. One can actually catch the blooming cherry blossoms here as early as mid-January since it is one of the first places in Japan where this sought-after experience occurs. However, island living and floral blooms aren’t all that Okinawa has to offer. Visitors will find that the prefectural capital of Naha is a thriving urban centre mostly identical to most small-to- medium Japanese cities, with its own quirks and a lively nightlife scene — save for the rows of palm trees and glimpses of azure waters from between the modern high-rises making up the city’s skyline.
AirAsia X is utilising its A330 aircraft for flights to Okinawa. (Photo: Courtesy of AirAsia X)
During the initial announcement of the route in late October 2019, AirAsiaX Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “Like Fukuoka, we are building the foundation for more AirAsia flights to serve Okinawa in the near future, strengthening our regional network and allowing more travellers to discover the unique cultural heritage of this amazing destination.
The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, dedicated to the victims of the war. (Photo: Harismoyo/ Shutterstock)
The announcement came after AirAsiaX began flying to Fukuoka in March 2019, and just before the carrier added flights to Tokyo Narita later in November. The carrier hopes this new route will strengthen its position as the Malaysian carrier with the most connections and capacity in Japan.
Guests from Kuala Lumpur to Okinawa Naha will not be required to obtain a visa during their one hour fifteen minutes stopover in Taipei and may return to their seats after their carry-on bags and inflight belongings have been cleared via a quick security check. The long-haul operations arm of Asia’s leading low-cost carrier, AirAsiaX currently serves 1 domestic destination and 31 international destinations spanning 11 countries as of January 2020. Flights can be booked online via the AirAsia website (https://www.airasia.com), or via your preferred travel agent.
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Flight schedule for Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Okinawa Naha, Japan (OKA) via Taipei (TPE)
Commencing 22 January 2020subject to regulatory approvals
|D7 384||Kuala Lumpur||Taipei||07:35||12:20||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun|
|D7 385||Okinawa Naha||Taipei||17:50||18:30||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun|