AirAsia sells 41,000 seats in a single day showing signs of optimistic rebound

The AirAsia group made a record breaking sale of 41,000 seats after resuming commercial flights. This shows a very positive sign that the aviation industry is recovering as air travel demand begin to increase.

In a statement, 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's website is also experiencing a 170% traffic growth.

50% increase in flight frequencies

The AirAsia group looks to increase its flight frequencies to about 50% of the pre-covid operations. CEO Tony Fernandes said, "We are encouraged by this positive trend and we foresee this will continue in the coming weeks. Our recent innovative product in Malaysia, AirAsia Unlimited Pass, which is a product specifically designed to promote the Malaysian Government’s effort to stimulate and encourage domestic travel, sold out quickly. We will be rolling this out in other markets soon. We continue to play our part to revive the domestic tourism industry by partnering directly with local hotels to offer hassle-free, best price guaranteed deals with bigger savings on SNAP, our flight + hotel combo booking platform. We remain true to our mantra - enabling everyone to fly through our great value fares. Currently, we are offering 20% off all seats, for all flights in Malaysia. AirAsia is all about value, choice and innovation and this is just the beginning of our recovery efforts and we look forward to introducing more exciting products, promotions and collaborations in the near future.

“We are aiming to increase our flight frequencies to around 50% 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, we are 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”, he added.

Growth in seat capacity

The Philippine aviation sector saw a 69% weekly growth in terms of seat capacity departures according to Routesonline. Airlines in the Philippines which include AirAsia have been making adjustments and increasing number of routes as more airports reopen. However, the growth and recovery of the Philippine aviation industry has still been constrained due to lack of coordination between the national and local government with regards to guidelines.

However, this is seen to improve as more LGUs relax their restrictions and slowly reopens their borders.

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