Travel fair offers discounts for flights to 90 destinations locally and abroad

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 17 May 2015

Travel treats: AirAsia staff members welcoming visitors to the AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 at Gurney Paragon Mall.

GEORGE TOWN: AirAsia is offering a 20% discount for flights to over 20 countries and 90 destinations during the AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 (AATF) at Gurney Paragon Mall here.

The special fare for travel between June 16 and Jan 28 is only available at the two-day fair which ends today.

AirAsia Berhad chief executive officer Aireen Omar said early birds arrived as early as 9am to grab the best offer.

“We have exclusive deals such as the buy one free one return flights from Kuala Lumpur to Macau and limited free seats from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul.

“The 20% off our fares are also available for both AirAsia and AirAsia X’s route network,” she said at the launching of AATF here yesterday, adding that visitors can also look forward to the exciting contests and activities at the fair.

The AATF will subsequently be held at Paradigm Mall in Klang Valley (May 29 to May 31), Aeon Mall Bukit Indah in Johor Bahru (June 12 and June 13), Suria Sabah Shopping Mall in Kota Kinabalu (June 20 and June 21) and CityOne Mega Mall in Kuching (June 27 and June 28).

Aireen said a target revenue of RM5mil was expected from the fair in Penang and up to RM50mil from the five AATF locations.

“The effort is partly to create awareness for our brand.

“In line with the capacity growth, we are also looking at an average increase of 10% for passenger growth,” she added.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was also present, said Penang was a key hub to AirAsia with three Airbus A320 aircraft making 241 flights in and out of Penang weekly.

“I was briefed that AirAsia’s load factor for all 11 routes from here is at a healthy average of 80% and above.

“AirAsia can definitely add more flights and new routes as Penang has much to offer from our culture, heritage sites and street food,” he said.

Also present was Hunza Properties group executive director Khor Tze Ming who said that the fair would attract more visitors from the northern region.

Separately, AirAsia X Berhad acting CEO Benyamin Ismail said they have submitted their application to the US Department of Transport in preparation for a new route to Hawaii.

“There are a few new routes that we are looking at this year but the most important thing now is getting support from Malaysian airports because the authorities in the US have audited the airports.

“Once the Hawaiian route is approved, the target is to launch it in November.

“Besides Hawaii, we are also looking for another route to Japan followed by a Middle-East destination,” he said.

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