With Malaysia reopening its international borders on April 1, 2022, AirAsia is optimistic that it will resume 100% or more of its pre-COVID domestic and international flights by the end of the year. The low-cost carrier has been steadily increasing its flight frequency in Malaysia since the introduction of the travel bubble. They have resumed several international routes as more countries reopen their borders.
According to AirAsia, their domestic flight capacity has increased by 156% since October 2021, while international flight capacity has increased by 50% after the Malaysian government announced the reopening of borders. This has also been supported by the reopening of other countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam.
They currently operate a group-wide fleet of 75 aircraft, including 72 Airbus A320s, two A321s and one A330. The airline will resume more flights in all core markets of Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, with additional services in some of AirAsia’s most popular international destinations, including Bali, Manila, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket and more Wait, from April.
On the domestic front, AirAsia recently launched several new routes in Malaysia, including Kuching to Langkawi, Penang to Sibu, Johor Bahru to Bintulu and Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Terengganu. It aims to increase its domestic flight total to 1,124 per week by the end of April, close to the pre-pandemic level of 1,163 per week.
The airline has seen similar encouraging developments on its domestic and international services to Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. They will continue to review their network, which evolves based on a number of factors including demand.
Bo Lingam, group chief executive officer of AirAsia Aviation Group Bhd, said: “While domestic services across our group have grown by 156 per cent and international services by 50 per cent in recent months due to strong consumer demand, we expect to recover to 100 per cent. % or more Covid domestic and international flights by the end of the year.”
With the reopening of international borders, AirAsia is currently offering flight bookings to popular destinations such as Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Brunei, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Bangladesh and more from RM39 one-way. The promotion is valid from now until March 27, 2022 for travel between April 1, 2022 and March 25, 2023.
AirAsia has implemented a number of measures to ensure passengers travel safely, including contactless self-service check-in on the AirAsia Super App and website. AirAsia recently reintroduced FACES, a facial recognition technology that uses your face as a boarding pass, for select flights.
As recently announced, AirAsia will be phasing out physical check-in counters and passengers are encouraged to check-in via the app to obtain a digital electronic boarding pass and use the self-service bag drop service provided. Passengers can self-check-in online up to 14 days before the departure date.
Physical counters at Malaysia airports are still available and free for select guests, including senior citizens aged 70 and above, disabled persons registered with the Welfare Department, young passengers traveling alone, group bookings of 10 guests and charter passengers. Passengers are reminded to follow all SOPs, including wearing masks throughout the journey.
Before traveling abroad, be sure to check the travel requirements of your destination country. Passengers may be required to prepare proof of vaccinations, other documents and PCR test results before flying. In case you missed it, AirAsia recently reintroduced fuel surcharges starting from RM10 for domestic flights and RM25 for international flights.
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