Male’ Maldives, 08th January 2023 – AirAsia reaffirms its commitment to reuniting loved ones for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration with special extra flights at fixed low fares between Peninsula and East Malaysia from 17 to 30 January 2023. In addition to 52 special extra flights at fixed low fares to six popular destinations in East Malaysia, AirAsia is also operating 274 flights weekly at regular fares to the same destinations.
The Minister of Transport of Malaysia YB Anthony Loke said: “We are pleased that AirAsia is committed to supporting the government’s initiative to bring down fares during the important festive season, despite their operational constraints. While they are unable to further increase flight frequencies due to the shortage of aircraft which is affecting all airlines, we applaud their hard work to add special extra flights at fixed low fares to reconnect families, especially those travelling to and from Sabah and Sarawak. I encourage other airlines to emulate the same initiative or other initiatives which can reduce the airfares especially during the festive seasons. As we usher in the new year, we look forward to continuously working with industry players such as AirAsia to cater to the needs and welfare of the people.”
AirAsia Aviation Group Limited Group CEO Bo Lingam said: “As the people’s airline, reconnecting our guests with their loved ones at affordable fares is important to us and we are doing our best within the current limitations in our operations. Undoubtedly, these last few years have been tremendously hard for everyone and even as travel is now fast rebounding this year, we are unable to put out as many extra flights as we would like, simply because of the ripple effect of the pandemic.
“However, despite the rising operational costs and leaner fleet size, we are doing all we can and remain committed to reuniting Malaysians for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration. Today, we are pleased to be able to introduce special extra late-night flights at fixed low fares with a total of 25,020 extra seats to selected cities in East Malaysia for the upcoming festive period.
“This would not be possible without the shared dedication from our Allstars who will be working around the clock to serve our guests during this busy period, as well as the government for their assistance in securing approvals for the additional late-night flights.”
Air Asia advices guests travelling during the Chinese New Year period to arrive at the airport two hours ahead of their scheduled departure time (for domestic travel) to avoid congestion. Guests are also highly encouraged to self-check-in using the Air Asia Super App, which is available as early as 14 days before the departure date and use the e-Boarding Pass to board the flight.