Budget airline AirAsia on Tuesday registered its highest post-hibernation daily sales record at 41,000 seats sold across the AirAsia Group network, signifying a “strong rebound” in demand for air travel.
According to the low-cost carrier, the top routes include Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to Kuala Lumpur for Malaysia, Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Hat Yai for Thailand, Manila to Puerto Princesa and Davao for the Philippines, Delhi to Srinagar and Bengaluru to Hyderabad for India and Jakarta to Denpasar and Medan for Indonesia.
The average load factor for the group is now up at 50 percent, while AirAsia Malaysia is 70 percent. The airline’s website traffic is also up by 170 percent. These statistics seem promising for AirAsia as its chief remains positive for a gradual rebound this year.
“We are encouraged by this positive trend, and we foresee this will continue in the coming weeks. Our recent innovative product in Malaysia, AirAsia Unlimited Pass, which is a product specifically designed to promote the Malaysian Government’s effort to stimulate and encourage domestic travel, sold out quickly,” said AirAsia Group CEO, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
“We are aiming to increase our flight frequencies to around 50% of our pre-COVID operations, and we look forward to resuming all domestic routes in the coming weeks and months to cater to the increasing demand. Currently, we are operating 152 daily flights across the region,” Fernandes added.
For the Philippines, AirAsia has recently said it will focus more on the domestic sector due to continuing border restrictions in other countries. In June, AirAsia Philippines has relaunched operations to Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, and Clark.