The service, which links the UK's third busiest airport with the Malaysian Capital, has carried over 221,00 passengers on the route during its first year.
Congratulating the airline was Nick Barton, London Stansted's Commercial & Development Director, who said:
"On behalf of everyone at Stansted, I'd like to offer my congratulations to AirAsia X on a fantastic first year at the airport. As we anticipated, the Stansted-Kuala Lumpur service has proved to be extremely popular with passengers, both in the UK and across Asia. They have helped revolutionise long-haul travel and we are very proud to have them with us here at Stansted.
"AirAsia is a multi-award winning airline with a superb reputation for service excellence and value for money, and with very ambitious growth plans for the future. We look forward to working with them for many years to come as they develop their services here at Stansted."
The route out of Stansted has cemented Kuala Lumpur as a regional hub for Asia, with a strong trend of passengers connecting to AirAsia’s comprehensive route network. The top five destinations Brits are heading to with AirAsia are Bali, Bangkok, Phuket, Hong Kong and Singapore with more and more continuing their journey and flying on to Australia.
Unprecedented demand for the route will see the frequency of flights increase from seven times to nine times per week for its peak periods in summer 2010 – July, August and September and winter 2010 - December and January. Other developments include the introduction of lie flat seats in AirAsia’s premium cabin - a world first for a budget airline.
AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani, said: “AirAsia has once again proved those who said it couldn’t be done wrong. We have seen surging demand on the London to Kuala Lumpur route despite 2009 being one the toughest years for the aviation industry. Consumers are switching on to the fact that they can take the holiday of their dreams in exotic destinations across South East Asia and Australia for much less than ever before.”
The airport celebrated the airline's first year of services in style on Thursday, March 11, with Stansted's MD David Johnston cutting a specially decorated AirAsia X birthday cake. The festivities continued throughout the day as airport staff and airline representatives handed out free slices to the thousands passengers using the terminal.
Stansted Airport and AirAsia celebrate the airline's first birthday in the terminal today - from left to right, Nick Barton, London Stansted's Commercial & Development Director; Jinda Bisran, AirAsia X; Tim Claydon, Air Asia X - cutting the cake is Stansted Airport's Managing Director, David Johnston.