New Straits Times

AirAsia announces 8 new routes, RM50 e-vouchers from ministry for domestic travel


KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Group Bhd yesterday announced eight new routes and its collaborat­ion with the Arts, Tourism and Culture Ministry.

Under the ministry’s stimulus package for the domestic tourism industry, 24,000 e-vouchers worth RM50 each now are available for redemption on on a first-come-firstserve­d basis.

The e-vouchers enable guests to claim a discount of RM50 on any AirAsia flight with the “AK” code booked between now and Dec 13, and for travel between Dec 7 and March 31 next year.

The new routes are LangkawiIp­oh, Langkawi-Kota Baru, Johor Baru-Bintulu, Johor Baru-Kota Baru, Penang-Sibu, Penang-Kota Baru and Kuching-Langkawi, which are commencing this month, and the Kota KinabaluKu­ala Terengganu route that is set to commence in February next year.

AirAsia Malaysia chief executive officer Riad Asmat said the tourism industry was a major contributo­r to the economy.

“We thank the ministry’s support in incentivis­ing travellers with stimulus packages and we look forward to joining hands with all industry stakeholde­rs.

“We also applaud the government’s effort in initiating the domestic green zone travel bubble,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Riad said AirAsia was confident that recovery was well underway and as one of the key players in tourism, the low-cost carrier was well-prepared to meet the pentup travel demand.

“Besides allowing Malaysians to travel convenient­ly once restrictio­ns are lifted, we also hope to provide more opportunit­ies for businesses to thrive by facilitati­ng logistics and cargo shipments,” he added.

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