Saturday 11 February 2023

Size Matters: AirAsia launches 5 million SEATS sale to boost tourism between Asia And Asia Pacific

International fares from Australia and NZ on sale to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok direct from just AUD $199*/NZ $220* and under AUD/NZ $10* for domestic flights in Asia

Fly with the biggest airline with the widest network in Asia with lowest fares with FREE* SEATS to Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Krabi, Phu Quoc Macao, Guangzhou, Shenzhen

First of its kind flight delay performance insurance announced today from under AUD/NZ $10!

As AirAsia pledges its commitment to boost the tourism industry across Asia and beyond, the airline together with the Malaysia Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, YB Dato' Sri Tiong King Sing have launched a massive 5 million FREE SEATS* campaign to stimulate travel to many exciting domestic and international destinations including Australia and New Zealand.

From Australia and New Zealand fares are on sale now on AirAsia X from Kuala Lumpur to Perth from just AUD$199*, from Gold Coast from AUD$269*, from Melbourne from AUD$299*, from Sydney from AUD$299*, from Auckland to Sydney from NZ$209* and from Auckland connecting to Kuala Lumpur from NZ$599*. Fares on Thailand AirAsia X are also on sale from AUD$339* from Sydney and Melbourne direct to Bangkok, Thailand. Premium flatbeds are also on sale starting from under AUD/NZ $600*.

The booking period is from 11 - 19 February 2023 for a travel period from 1 March to 10 December 2023.

Guests can also fly from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Langkawi, Kuching, Sibu, Kota Kinabalu and more from just RM23* (under AUD/NZ $10) and to international destinations including Bali, Krabi, Jakarta, Macao, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Phu Quoc, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and more from RM60* (under AUD/NZ $22).

Leveraging its strength as the biggest airline in Asia with the widest network and the lowest fares, the campaign will also serve to support the Malaysian, Australia and New Zealand tourism industries in a mission to strengthen Malaysia and our other hubs such as Thailand as a multi-faceted and multi-destination attraction.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A said: "As they say, size matters! When it comes to airlines, bigger is always better so we can leverage economies of scale and pass on to our guests in the form of lower fares and delivering more value and choice. AirAsia has been a major contributor to Malaysia and Asean's GDP. AirAsia alone contributes to more than 2% of Malaysia's GDP. You may think that 2% is a small number but for a big country like Malaysia with GDP worth more than RM1.5 trillion, that 2% is a sizable contribution.

"Not only that, we generate significant multipliers beyond the aviation and tourism industry, and as a result, AirAsia contributes to more than 300,000 jobs in Malaysia alone as well as providing significant support to all of our destinations we fly to. This same trend is seen in all the Asia markets we have a presence in. Now that we're back almost in full swing, we will continue to play our part in driving tourism, trade and investment in Malaysia and across Asean and Asia Pacific. We plan to fly over 69 million guests annually which will provide a much welcomed boost to the Malaysia tourism industry and provide a welcome boost wherever we fly.

"Our commitment to excellence never stops. Our on time performance (OTP) has been steadily improving, and it is now averaging around 80%. We are confident about our OTP and at the same time we want our guests to have a peace of mind when they travel with us, which is why we are launching an industry-first Flight Delay Insurance underwritten by Tune Protect. All these, together with our recently launched AI-powered concierge, Ask Bo, widest network and lowest fares, this year will be our big year and we will only get better from here!"

The Flight Delay Insurance* offers a one-off payment of RM200 (over AUD/NZ $60) if the flight is delayed for a minimum of two (2) hours from the originally scheduled departure time or any new departure time. It is now available for FREE to all guests who book their flights from 10 to 19 February 2023 for the travel period between 1 March 2023 and 10 December 2023. The insurance will be available for purchase starting 20 February 2023 from RM10 (one way) or RM14 (return) which is less than AUD/NZ $10 on the airasia Super App and the website. AirAsia has also partnered with BigPay exclusively to provide automatic claims credited to the BigPay user's account within three (3) working days.

For a seamless and enhanced experience, download the airasia Super App from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Huawei AppGallery.

*The FREE SEATS exclude airport tax, MAVCOM fee, fuel surcharge and other applicable fees. Terms and Conditions apply.

**The claim is applicable for guests who received a delay notification from AirAsia within 24 hours before their scheduled time of departure as stated in their itinerary or any new departure time. BigPay users will receive their claims in their BigPay account within three (3) working days based on their mobile phone number. Non-BigPay users will need to submit their claims to Tune Protect accordingly by clicking this link. For the full T&Cs please refer here.

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