Since resuming its operations with travel bubbles and a focus on domestic services, the gradual resumption of international flights is well underway. This comes in tandem with borders gradually reopening around the world.
With the continued easing of travel restrictions, the airline group has increased its domestic flight capacity by 156% since October 2021, kickstarted by the Langkawi travel bubble. International flight bookings and by 50% since the Malaysian government’s 8th March 2022 borders reopening announcement.
Malaysia reopens, AirAsia responds
The airline is opening up more international routes to cater for significant pent up demand with a total of 75 aircraft in operations currently group-wide.
This has been supported by the reopening of other countries like Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam. A number of international services are already operating, catering to those with permission to travel to Malaysia. The nation’s reopening to all travellers will provide a welcome boost to supporting additional capacity in many of its core international markets to respond to significant pent up demand. AirAsia has recently launched four new domestic routes in Malaysia from Kuching to Langkawi, Penang to Sibu, Johor Bahru to Bintulu and Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Terengganu.
They’ll be resuming additional flights in all of core markets in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia and opening additional services to some of AirAsia’s most popular international destinations including Bali, Manila, Bangkok, Ho Chi MinhCity, Phuket, starting in April.
In conjunction with the reopening of international borders, you can pick up fares starting from RM89 one-way to popular destinations including
- the Philippines,
- the Maldives,
- Sri Lanka,
Domestic routes are also on offer, starting from RM39 one-way.
Book your flights on the ‘Flights’ option in the airasia Super App or the AirAsia website until 27th March 2022, for travel between 1st April 2022 and 25th March 2023. *** Please note that these are the base fares and will not include meals, baggage and fuel surcharge etc. As always, T&C apply.
…… Regionally, we have seen similarly encouraging developments for domestic and international services in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. We will continue to review our network which evolves based on a number of factors including demand. Bo Lingam, Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group Limited (AAAGL)
He added new services will be announced in due course as the world continues to gradually reopen and that the airline expects to return to 100% or more of pre-Covid domestic and international flying by the end of this year.
AirAsia continues their commitment to providing service under stringent health and safety measures. The airline has successfully migrated of 95% of its guest to contactless self-check-in via the airasia Super App and its website, an initiative that was made mandatory at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year. This will continue to be an integral part of its effort to further strengthen its Covid-19 mitigation plan through contactless operations.
AirAsia’s counter check-in service will be strictly for exempted categories of guests only at all airports in Malaysia from 1 April 2022. Among the exempted groups are senior citizens aged 70 and above, people with disabilities registered with the Welfare Department, young passengers travelling alone, group bookings of 10 guests and more, charter flight passengers and more.
….. While we are extensively prepared to ensure all of our guests can travel safely from an operational standpoint through the robust safety and health measures that we have in place, we would also like to remind our guests to adhere to all SOPs set by the government during your travels and we can’t wait to see you on back on board our flights soon. Riad Asmat, CEO, AirAsia Malaysia
AirAsia has twice been recognised for its robust and comprehensive Covid-19 mitigation plans, with highest levels of safety and operational integrity with a 7/7 rating from the aviation experts at airlineratings.com in 2021 and 2022.