Looks like people are looking forward to flying again. 

AirAsia reported a record-breaking 41,000 seats sold in a single day across AirAsia Group, an indication of a strong demand for air travel even though the COVID-19 pandemic is still around.

AirAsia described the record-breaking seat sale as its “highest post-hibernation sale day,” with the company’s website getting more than the usual traffic at 170 percent. 

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. 

The Group’s load factor averaged around 50 percent with AirAsia Malaysia hitting 70 percent, its highest load factor post-hibernation on June 23.

“We are encouraged by this positive trend and we foresee this will continue in the coming weeks,” AirAsia Group CEO, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said in a press statement.

One product, AirAsia Unlimited Pass, designed specifically to promote, stimulate and encourage domestic travel in Malaysia, sold out quickly. 

Fernandes said the company will roll out this product in other markets soon with the same objective of encouraging people to get into domestic travel. 

“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-percent 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.” 

AirAsia is aiming to increase its flight frequencies to around 50 percent of its pre-COVID operations. Currently, it 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,” Fernandes added. 

Air travel remains one of the safest modes of travel. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), evidence suggests that the risk of transmission on board is extremely low. Aircraft are equipped with features that will reduce the already-low risk of transmission onboard. Passengers are seated facing forward with the seatback serving as a solid barrier, while the cabin air is fully filtered and renewed every two to three minutes through the hospital-grade HEPA filters, ensuring clean cabin air. Coupled with a layered approach of biosafety measures covering the entire passenger journey, the risk of transmission onboard is further minimized. 

AirAsia works actively with all relevant regulators, local governments, civil aviation and health authorities, and adheres to guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to ensure the highest standards of compliance are in place for every single flight the airline operates in its network.

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