Written by Damien Marquez
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:18
There has been some significant changes in the last few days if you want to attend a grand prix in Asia. The departing cities concerned are London, Paris, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sydney.
AirAsia, one of our favourite airlines and Asia's largest low cost carrier, has made a couple of major announcements in the last few days.
First, the good news. AirAsia will start direct flights from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur from mid-2012. The airline has been trying to service Sydney for the last four years but was denied this right by the Malaysian government for fear that this would hinder Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier. Tony Fernandes, AirAsia's CEO. has been able to take a share in Malaysia Airlines as part of negotiations over ownership of the Lotus name in F1.
Living in Sydney and thinking of attending the Singapore GP? Return flights start from about $320 + extras (baggage allowance, meals, entertainment, etc).
Other news are that as part of the global economy crisis hitting Europe at the moment, the airline has decided to end its flights from London and Paris from the 30th March and 31st March respectively.
The Malaysian Grand Prix takes place from the 23rd to the 25th March. 2012 will be your last opportunity in a little while to attend F1 in Kuala Lumpur on a budget. If you've been hesitating, now is time to make your move.
For our Indian readers in New Delhi, the route to KL will stop on the 31st January and Mumbai on the 22nd March.
Those with flights already booked to attend the Malaysian (from Delhi or Mumbai), Singaporean, Japanese, Korean or Indian events, AirAsia will offer an alternative at no extra cost. The airline will be in touch via email if they haven't already done so.