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Old Jul 22nd 2015, 9:20 pm
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Thanks for the suggestions, the layover would only be 7 hours so going into KL might be a bit tight but nice to know there are a few choices. The airlines are quite cunning and the flights with the longer nightime layovers are cheaper but the cost of a hotel can easily wipe out the saving.
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Old Aug 2nd 2015, 8:30 pm
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Originally Posted by JC3
Hi IVV,

Another option might be to stay in KL, right next to KL Sentral station and the KLIA Ekspres. The train journey is less than 30 minutes.
The Hilton & Meridien hotels are right next to the station, as is the new Aloft hotel (Starwood Group) which would be a cheaper option.

Check the train schedule here:
KLIA Ekspres Schedule

Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Etihad provide a check-in service at KL Sentral.

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Hi JC3,

Thanks for the tip, I have a long enough layover coming up in September that I've taken up your decadent suggestion of staying at the Hilton
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Old Aug 16th 2015, 4:24 am
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Looking at Emirates flights from France to KL in November/December they are running around €500 return provided that the return date is one month or less than the outgoing date, otherwise it is around €750.

A single fare is running around €530.

I wonder where the logic is in this?
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Old Aug 16th 2015, 3:57 pm
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Do airlines understand logic? Back in May I could have MAS were offering flights to Penang for less than the flight to Kuala Lumpur from LHR.
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Old Aug 23rd 2015, 10:28 pm
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Hi,

Malindo Air have just announced a new route, Penang to Trichy, starting next month.

See: Malindo Air - Smarter Way To Travel, and the attachment below for more details.

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Interesting story here that AirAisa may ditch KLIA2 and make Langkawi their new international hub.

AirAsia may ditch klia2 for Langkawi base - The Rakyat Post - The Rakyat Post
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Interesting story here that AirAisa may ditch KLIA2 and make Langkawi their new international hub.

AirAsia may ditch klia2 for Langkawi base - The Rakyat Post - The Rakyat Post
I'm pretty sure that Air Asia will suspend international flights from Langkawi or even ditch Langkawi few years later. Let's see.
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I'm just wondering how they get all the jetfuel into Langkawi. Don't think there's any refineries on Langkawi (though I may be wrong). Certainly cannot truck it in....no bridges to anywhere. If you're going to be doing long distance routes from Langkawi, you're gonna need a lot of jetfuel. Has Tony thought about this?
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Maybe by tanker? But the key question is the size of market of Langkawi which is too small and limited to only holiday makers. I don't know how Air Asia is going to survive to make Langkawi as a base for long run.
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Interesting story here that AirAisa may ditch KLIA2 and make Langkawi their new international hub.

AirAsia may ditch klia2 for Langkawi base - The Rakyat Post - The Rakyat Post
I think this story is just nonsense. Or at best simply sabre rattling by AirAsia fed up with the problems at KLIA2.

The basic problem seems to be that that KLIA2 is sinking, with cracks appearing in the runway and pools of water forming on the tarmac. KLIA2 has come under increasing criticism over defects in its construction that AirAsia blames for flight delays, increased wear and tear on planes and which it claims pose a potential safety risk.

Langkawi will become Malaysia AirAsia’s sixth hub and is part of an overall strategy by the AirAsia Group to focus growth on secondary airports.

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I'm just wondering how they get all the jetfuel into Langkawi. Don't think there's any refineries on Langkawi (though I may be wrong). Certainly cannot truck it in....no bridges to anywhere. If you're going to be doing long distance routes from Langkawi, you're gonna need a lot of jetfuel. Has Tony thought about this?
Easy.. jet fuel comes in the same way as all fuel used on the island... a big barge arriving at the quay halfway down Kuah harbour.
It would be nice to see a return of direct UK-Langkawi flights, especially if Air Asia X operated them.
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BB makes a good point. MAS used to have a non-stop LGK to Langkawi but I don't think they returned the same way...probably due to the limitation BB refers. It would take a lot of barges to fill those A/C.
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The MAS flights that stopped in Langkawi were enroute to KL, as were the flights to Manchester and Stanstead. Langkawi has never been a final destination and turnaround base.
There is little likelyhood of international long haul flights by AirAsia(X) using Langkawi as a true hub, as the majority of passengers will be in the Klang Valley area.
Regional flights fill with sufficient fuel for flight plus divert at each stop (or where fuel is cheapest)
However, refilling fuel bunkers at Langkawi could be done easily via a short pipeline direct from bunker barges to a fuel storage.
Refurbishing food supplies and the issue of Langkawi being a duty free hub would cause bigger problems than fuel.

If you have been to KLIA2 recently? Seen the traffic jam at arrivals? The massive turnover of passengers using AirAsia just could not be handled by Langkawi infrastructure.
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Originally Posted by JC3
I think this story is just nonsense. Or at best simply sabre rattling by AirAsia fed up with the problems at KLIA2.

The basic problem seems to be that that KLIA2 is sinking, with cracks appearing in the runway and pools of water forming on the tarmac. KLIA2 has come under increasing criticism over defects in its construction that AirAsia blames for flight delays, increased wear and tear on planes and which it claims pose a potential safety risk.

Langkawi will become Malaysia AirAsia’s sixth hub and is part of an overall strategy by the AirAsia Group to focus growth on secondary airports.

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Some more news on this story. Sound like they are serious about it.

AirAsia launching Langkawi as international hub by year-end - The Rakyat Post - The Rakyat Post
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