Chinese New Year specials take flight

(From third left) AirAsia X Malaysia chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia Group president (airlines) Bo Lingam, Loke, AirAsia Group executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Riad flanked by AirAsia cabin crew at the announcement of the special flights for Chinese New Year.

MALAYSIANS travelling for the upcoming Chinese New Year are in for a treat as AirAsia celebrates Shared Prosperity with special late night flights at fixed low fares between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak. The special flights are from Jan 21 to 31.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu, Bintulu or Miri, or from Johor Baru to Sibu at RM149 one-way and from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan or Tawau at RM199 one-way. These festive fares are inclusive of taxes and fees.

In addition to the late night flights to destinations in Sabah and Sarawak, AirAsia is adding extra flights to 20 popular routes across Malaysia and to Singapore.

They are Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi, Penang, Sibu, Tawau and Singapore, from Alor Setar to Johor Baru, from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru, Penang and Tawau, from Ipoh to Johor Baru and Singapore, from Johor Baru to Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Tawau, from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur, Sibu and Singapore as well as from Penang to Singapore.

AirAsia Malaysia chief executive officer Riad Asmat said these offers were all about Shared Prosperity as AirAsia had championed the commitment in line with the Government’s vision, not only in form but in spirit and substance.

“As the people’s airline, we truly value the feedback from our passengers to have fixed low fares to and from Sabah and Sarawak for the upcoming Chinese New Year.

“Today, we are pleased to announce the additional late night flights with 12,960 seats at fixed low fares to selected cities in those two Malaysian states for this festive celebration.

“Those are on top of the 65,826 additional seats to popular routes across Malaysia and Singapore.

“So whether it is a family reunion or a quick getaway, we hope these additional flights will help everyone have a memorable celebration. Happy Chinese New Year to all our passengers!”

Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said the festive season brought the opportunity for all to reunite with family and friends besides strengthening ties with fellow Malaysians.

“Hence we are pleased that AirAsia continues to support the Government’s initiative to bring down airfares during the festive season and increase the convenience of flying for the rakyat, especially to help tertiary students who are from Sabah or Sarawak and studying in the peninsula, ” he said, adding that he hoped this would help Malaysians get to their hometown to celebrate the festive season with their family and friends.

AirAsia said Malaysians could double up on happiness and enjoy up to 88% discount on base fares for all destinations, including from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Langkawi, Kuantan, Lake Toba, Jakarta, Singapore, Surat Thani or Bangkok, via and AirAsia mobile app from now until Jan 12 for travel between Jan 6 and Aug 31.

In addition, passengers get 10% off check-in baggage when they pre-book it with their flights within Malaysia; 5% discount on hotel with promo code DOUBLE2020; up to 50% off duty-free shopping and 2020 BIG Points on There are also three days/two nights SNAP (flight+hotel) packages from RM122 while in-flight festive meals are priced from RM12 such as the Prosperity Tomato Egg and Fish Stew with rice and Pineapple Tarts.

AirAsia advises passengers travelling during the Chinese New Year period to arrive at the airport earlier to avoid congestion.

The airline also encourages its passengers to use its web check-in and mobile check-in services for maximum convenience. Web and mobile check-in services are available from 14 days prior up to one hour before the scheduled time of departure.

Check-in counters close 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time for international flights and 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time for domestic flights.

At KLIA2, check-in counters for both international and domestic flights close 60 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time.

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