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AirAsia Bhd has jumped onto the airlines discount and additional seats frenzy for the 14th General Election (GE14) by adding 120 new flights, thousands of seats and extending fixed fares period to facilitate Malaysian voters.
“Between May 7 and May 10, 2018, AirAsia will operate 120 additional flights, including 20 utilising 377-seat Airbus A330 aircraft,” the airline said in a statement yesterday.
The travel period for the fixed fares has also been extended to include May 7, 2018, from the original period of May 8 until May 10, 2018.
For the said period, any destinations within Peninsular Malaysia, including to the East Coast, will be fixed at RM99, while the fares to Sarawak and Sabah remain at RM129 and RM199 respectively.
According to AirAsia, the move is made following increased demand for flights during the polling period.
Meanwhile, AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes said on his Twitter account that the revenue team has been working hard to gear up for the elections.
“As promised, we have added more flights, 26,000 extra seats at low fares to get you home to vote. An extra 120 flights have been out. Some on widebody. Doing our best,” he said on his Twitter.
Fernandes also said AirAsia is working on getting additional flights from Singapore to Malaysia, but the airline has yet to get approval from Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
The Malaysian Reserve reported on Wednesday that Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd became the latest airline to join in to accommodate the increasing demands for flights.
The airline has said that an additional 26 domestic flights will be added to the existing flights between May 8 and May 10, 2018.
“Malindo is allocating 10 flights with a total capacity of 1,620 seats for Peninsular Malaysia, including Penang and Kota Baru, while 16 flights, or 2,592 seats, have been added to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching,” the airline said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) will provide an additional 40 flights and an upgrade of 10 flights to wide-body services to take place between May 5 and May 10, 2018.
MAB has said it will continue monitoring the current local market trend and make adjustments to match demands.
All three airlines have said they will waive flight change fees for existing bookings.
Separately, Bernama reported that MSIG Insurance (M) Bhd will provide its travel insurance customers a refund of their insurance premium if they decide to cancel their travel plans due to the upcoming GE14.
“Customers who decide to cancel their travel plans because the polling date (May 9) falls within their period of outbound travel will be eligible for a full premium refund,” it said in a statement.