With the coronavirus now affecting demand for travel to and from Asia, Asian airlines are now scrambling to entice passengers to come back on their planes. AirAsia made this announcement:
AirAsia guests can now take unlimited* flights for a year with the AirAsia Unlimited Pass at only RM499 nett ($118 US) , available for purchase on airasia.com/deals or AirAsia mobile app for seven day.
AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “this is unprecedented. However, AirAsia has always been known as the disruptor and we want to restore traveller’s confidence amid the current sentiment towards flying. Travelling is still very safe as long as everyone travels responsibly and is kept updated by World Health Organisation (WHO) or respective government’s travel advice.
“As the travel period spans across one full year, AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders can decide when best to travel and choose between exploring all available destinations or keep going back to the same favourite location over and over again in different seasons, the choice is yours!” added Ben.
According to a press release on IATA’s website, passengers should be reassured that cabin air is filtered, that aircraft are cleaned in line with global standards, that key airports have implemented temperature screening for travellers and that airline staff and crew are trained to deal with the rare case of a passenger presenting with symptoms of infection.
The WHO has not called for restrictions on travel or trade. Indeed, air transport plays a major role—bringing medical staff and supplies to where they are needed.
“If you are sick, don’t travel. If you have flu-like symptoms, wear a mask and see a doctor. And when you travel wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face. Observing these simple measures should keep flying safe for all,” said Dr. David Powell, IATA’s Medical Advisor.
AirAsia Unlimited Pass is available to all Malaysia-based AirAsia BIG members on airasia.com/deals or mobile app from February 29, 2020 (1200hrs Local Time) to March 7, 2020 (2359hrs Local Time) only.
Retailed at RM499 nett, all AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders are empowered to take unlimited* flights between Kuala Lumpur and Australia, Japan, India and more within a year’s time (travel period between March 2, 2020 and March 2, 2021) subject to government taxes and fees, add ons and other charges. Flight booking must be made at least 14 days before departure, the full terms and conditions can be accessed here.