Fly home for the holidays

SEPANG: Airlines offering additional flights at fixed fares during festive seasons are a big help in promoting family ties.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said AirAsia’s Chinese New Year extra late-night flights that were introduced this year was a success as seats – even those departing after midnight – were quickly sold out.

“When the Chinese New Year extra late-night flights ended, I quickly asked the agencies, including the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), to approve any additional flights for Gawai, Kaamatan and Raya,” Loke said.

Loke commented during the launch of AirAsia’s extra late-night flights and fixed low fares for the upcoming Hari Gawai, Kaamatan Festival and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

He 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 community.

“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 said at AirAsia’s headquarters here yesterday.

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said they have received the government’s approval to offer 115,000 additional seats.

The flights starting from RM99 will be available for travel between May 31 and June 17, with additional select routes to East Malaysia between May 27 and 30.

One-way flights from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar, Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu and Johor will be fixed at RM99.

Meanwhile, 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, adding that they would merely break even for the additional flights.


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