Cheap flights the rea­son many choose to go over­seas

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

DE­SPITE the de­pre­ci­a­tion of the ring­git against for­eign cur­ren­cies, Malaysians have some­how de­vel­oped a new trend — cel­e­brat­ing Hari Raya Aidil­fitri over­seas.

The tra­di­tion of fam­ily mem­bers gath­er­ing at their par­ents’ home has slowly shifted to cel­e­brat­ing the oc­ca­sion to­gether at their dream va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion.

Break­ing the tra­di­tion is not easy, but Mohd Ishraf Khairud­din, 34, and his fam­ily will cel­e­brate Aidil­fitri in Jeju, South Korea, thanks to the cheap flight tick­ets.

“My mum and wife are avid Korean fans and they have al­ways wanted to visit Jeju.

“Since the tick­ets were cheap, I bought five tick­ets, in­clud­ing one for our 7-year-old daugh­ter. It would be a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence al­to­gether,” he said.

Even with the ex­change rate mak­ing things costly, Ishraf be­lieves it is worth it.

Ac­cord­ing to AirAsia, the top five in­ter­na­tional routes for this fes­tive sea­son through AirAsia X are Kuala Lumpur-Taipei, Kuala Lumpur-Bu­san, Kuala LumpurDelhi, Kuala Lumpur-Perth and Kuala Lumpur-Jeju.

Over the years, the ring­git has weak­ened grad­u­ally against the South Korean won, from an av­er­age of 321.89 won per ring­git in 2014 to 269.23 won on June 8.

As for the Tai­wan dollar, the ring­git has weak­ened from NT$9.2 in 2014 to NT$7.48 per ring­git to date, while against the Australian dollar, the ring­git stands at A$0.33 from A$0.35 in 2014.

This shows that even as the ring­git has weak­ened against for­eign cur­ren­cies, peo­ple’s de­sire to travel abroad does not fade as long as flight tick­ets are af­ford­able.

AirAsia, in an email re­ply to Ber­nama’s query, said the air­line had con­ducted the Hari Raya Aidil­fitri travel pro­mo­tion from June 4 to June 11 last year with the travel pe­riod slot­ted from Jan 15 to Aug 28 this year.

An av­er­age of 50,000 pas­sen­gers are ex­pected to de­part from klia2 daily dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional travel.


Some 50,000 pas­sen­gers are ex­pected to de­part from klia2 daily dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

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