AirAsia “Gives Away” Up to 3 Million Seats Across Network

14th Mar 2017

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has announced its first major promotion for this year. In a statement from Monday, the carrier has revealed it will “give away” up to 3 million seats to passengers, who book a one-way flight between 13th March and 19th March for travel between 1st September, 2017 and 5th June, 2018. The promotion does not include taxes and fees, so the passengers will have to pay those themselves.

Also, the regular terms and conditions still apply for the tickets.

The special fare offer is for all flights across the AirAsia network, including flights on AirAsia Bhd, AirAsia X, AirAsia India and Thai AirAsia.

The promotional fares include destinations on AirAsia network such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phuket Bali, Singapore, Melbourne, and many others.

AirAsia No Longer to Lift Cargo from Tiruchi, India

Meanwhile, due to “operational issues”, AirAsia Bhd will no longer lift cargo from Tiruchi Airport in India. This could prove to be a major blow for overseas exporters as AirAsia had been lifting an average of 10 tonnes of cargo per day. That’s not including passengers.

Explaining the sudden decision, AirAsia said it had to do this due to operational issues, but that it hopes to recontinue cargo booking as soon as possible.

According to airport sources, AirAsia sent no confirmation about stopping cargo bookings, or when it might continue it again. The bookings had been halted since this Saturday.

Speaking about this issue, several stakeholders said AirAsia’s decision has been a great blow to overall cargo volume handling and comes when the current financial year (FY) is coming to an end with only a few days left for the export cargo terminal to achieve its 7,000 tonnes target it set for 2016-17.

The cargo terminal at Tiruchi has clocked just over 6,300 tonnes of freight by February. During 2016, the terminal handled more than 6,600 tonnes of cargo, overall.

AirAsia mostly lifts cargo set for Singapore, one of the major markets of perishables dispatched from Tiruchi.

Prior to AirAsia, Tiger Airways also stopped lifting cargo a few months back, but is since doing it again.

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