AirAsia X has announced today, 29th April, that it will work with NGOs and humanitarian agencies to assist relief efforts for Nepal as a result of the recent earthquake.
The airline is offering free flights from today until 10th May 2015, based on seat availability, for accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aid and humanitarian agencies.
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In announcing the initiative, AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the earthquake in Nepal and we pledge to do what we can to help alleviate grief and distress experienced by the victims, and pray for their safety and well-being.”
Previous assistance in disaster assistance
This is not the first time The AirAsia Group has stepped up in a crisis. AirAsia has consistently assisted in many natural disasters, helping to evacuate victims as well as fly in relief workers and supplies. Among these are the Indonesian tsunami that struck the region in 2004, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (2008), Typhoon Nesat in the Philippines (2011), the earthquake which devastated Sichuan in China (2008), the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Fukushima, Japan (2011), Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013) and the recent floods in the East Coast of Malaysia (2014).
AirAsia supported the recovery of Bali, Indonesia, after the terrorist bombings in 2005, giving away 12,000 free seats on its flights. Rescue flights from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur in November 2008 helped people stranded by the closing of the airport in Bangkok, and similar rescue efforts evacuated those affected in Padang and Jakarta in October 2009 by the 7.6-magnitude Sumatra earthquake.