SEPANG: Following the success of its Chinese New Year extra late night flights, AirAsia will be ushering in Gawai, Kaamatan Festival and Hari Raya Aidilfitri with more flights at low fares.
AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes announced that they have received the government's approval to offer 115,000 additional seats during the upcoming festive season.
The flights will be available for travel between May 31 and June 17, with additional select routes to Sabah and Sarawak between May 27 and May 30.
One-way flights from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar, Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu and Johor will be fixed at RM99.
One-way flights from Peninsular Malaysia to Sarawak will be fixed at RM149 while one-way flights from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah will be fixed at RM199.
"I am pleased we can do this for Sabah and Sarawak because AirAsia was born out of Sabah and Sarawak," Fernandes said on Tuesday (April 30).
Transport Minister Anthony Loke thanked AirAsia for their initiative and said the ministry supports private sector-led initiatives to bring down the cost and increase the convenience of flying for the travelling community.
He said the Chinese New Year extra late night flights that was first introduced this year was a success as seats, even those departing at three in the morning, were quickly sold out, signalling a need for airlines to provide more cheap flights during the festive season.
"When the successful Chinese New Year extra late night flights ended, I asked the agencies including the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) to approve any additional flights for Gawai, Kaamatan and Raya," Loke said.
"I'm sure this will be a permanent feature in every festival. During any major festivals whether Deepavali or Christmas, people can go home and celebrate with their families," he added.