Airline offers seats for FREE in huge drive to fill cabins amid the coronavirus outbreak
- AirAsia is offering six million heavily discounted seats for its ‘Big Sale’
- Destinations in the deal include Australia, Thailand and Indonesia
- Sale runs until Sunday with deals available for travel through to July 2021
In a bid to fill cabins amid the coronavirus outbreak AirAsia is offering jaw-dropping discounts – including zero-fare seats.
The Malaysia-based low-cost airline is offering six million heavily discounted seats in total for a promotion called the ‘Big Sale’.
It runs until Sunday (March 15), with the deals available for travel through to July 1, 2021, to destinations including Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
AirAsia is offering six million heavily discounted seats in total for a promotion called the ‘Big Sale’
The zero-fare deal includes seats on domestic flights from Kuala Lumpur to other destinations in Malaysia such as Johor Bahru, Penang, Langkawi, Alor Setar and Kota Bharu.
All the passengers have to pay are taxes and a passenger service charge of 12 Malaysian Ringgit (£2.17/$2.83).
The Big Sale free-seat offer also includes one-way short-haul international flights from the Malaysian capital to the likes of Singapore, Phnom Penh, Jakarta and Phuket for just 44 Malaysian Ringgit (£7.95/$10.38).
Meanwhile, pocket-money free-seat fares are available for long-haul flights from Kuala Lumpur to destinations such as Seoul, the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Taipei from just 71 Malaysian Ringgit (£12.83/$16.76).
For those wanting to travel in more comfort, Big Sale seats are also available in AirAsia’s premium flatbed cabin from Kuala Lumpur to the likes of Bali, Okinawa and Ahmedabad from just 599 Malaysian Ringgit (£108/$141) one-way.
There is also a deal on checked baggage, which can be pre-booked for 10 per cent less than normal.
AirAsia Indonesia president director, Veranita Yosephine, told the Jakarta Post that the airline was looking at ways it could help stimulate tourism and maintain Indonesia’s economic growth, ‘especially in this challenging period’.
The zero-fare deal includes seats on domestic flights from Kuala Lumpur to other destinations in Malaysia such as Johor Bahru, Penang, Langkawi, Alor Setar and Kota Bharu. All the passengers have to pay are taxes and a passenger service charge of 12 Malaysian Ringgit (£2.17/$2.83)
Meanwhile, Airasia.com CEO, Karen Chan, said: ‘Our first Big Sale for 2020 is here. AirAsia understands the current sentiments of our customers, that’s why we’re providing ample opportunity to book in advance for an affordable getaway as travel period is up to July 2021.
‘The best way to snap the lowest fares and best-value travel deals is to plan ahead and book early – as with this latest Big Sale.
‘We are on track in transforming into a household travel and lifestyle brand across Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) with all you need to complete your holiday planning including flights, accommodation, activities and more, all available now on airasia.com.’
Airport passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to take a 24 per cent hit in the first quarter of the year from coronavirus, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific.
It said that this would lead to a $3billion decline in airport revenue and would place pressure on any growth projects.