by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by TMR FILE
AIRASIA Malaysia will reopens routes to six destinations in India reconnecting travellers to the country in light of the reopening of the international border starting from May 2022.
AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat (picture) said the airline will resume flights to many core destinations in India including Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata and Tiruchirappalli with a 20% flight discount and a complimentary 20kg check-in baggage allowance for each booking.
“We believe the flight resumption signals a robust recovery of the airline and tourism industry and we have seen the increasing demand of flights and the number is set to continue growing.
“We are anticipating the flights to India contributing a significant double-digit in our market toppled with the majority contribution with the existing regional flights.
“We have worked with the ministry and various parties in India in regard to this to ensure a smooth transition given every country is adjusting to this new environment and stimulating their tourism activities,” he said yesterday at AirAsia’s announcement of the planned resumption of its Malaysia-India flights, which were halted due to global pandemic-driven movement restrictions.
Adding to it, Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group Ltd Bo Lingam said this is a significant move for AirAsia as it can finally welcome international tourists and travellers back to Malaysia after two years.
“We have been preparing rigorously from an operational standpoint and all of our guests can be assured that their travel experience is as safe, seamless and convenient as it can be”
In support of the huge pent-up demand for air travel, AirAsia also launched a revolutionary product called the SUPER+ subscription which enables unlimited travel across Asean in its four core destinations — Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The discounted flight India is available through airasia super app for the travel period from today until May 1, 2022.
He added that with a total of 71 weekly flights to be operated by the end of 2022, AirAsia Malaysia will be soon returning to pre-Covid capacity, flying more than 140 weekly services to and from India.
The Chargé d’Affaires of the High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, C Sushma said, with the opening of both countries’ borders, two-way traffic will resume smoothly and grow progressively.
“This is an important step in reconnecting India and Malaysia as people-to-people connectivity lies at the foundation of this important partnership,” she said.