AirAsia sold a record-breaking 41,000 seats in a single day last Tuesday, in what is the airline’s highest post-hibernation sale day since restarting domestic flights in May, signifying a strong rebound in demand for air travel.
The LCC airline’s website experienced traffic growth of 170 per cent, according to a press release. Some of the most popular routes booked include Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to Kuala Lumpur for Malaysia, Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Hat Yai for Thailand, Manila to Puerto Princesa and Davao for the Philippines, Delhi to Srinagar and Bengaluru to Hyderabad for India, and Jakarta to Denpasar and Medan for Indonesia.
AirAsia Group’s CEO, Tony Fernandes, said in a statement that the airline is encouraged by this positive trend, foreseeing that it will continue in the coming weeks. He added: “We are aiming to increase our flight frequencies to around 50 per cent of our pre-COVID operations and we look forward to resuming all domestic routes in the coming weeks and months to cater to the increasing demand.”
Currently, AirAsia is operating 152 daily flights across the region. “We look forward to the reopening of international borders in recognition of the fact that air transport provides the connectivity that is essential for the resumption of economic activities and the global recovery efforts,” said Fernandes.
He added that the AirAsia Unlimited Pass, which was recently rolled out in Malaysia to stimulate domestic travel in the country, “sold out quickly” and that the pass will be launched in other markets soon.