KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 2020: AirAsia has sold 41,000 seats on Tuesday, which is its highest single-day post-hibernation sale.
The airline described the milestone as signifying a strong rebound in demand for air travel.
AirAsia Group Bhd group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the low-cost airline’s website has also experienced traffic growth of 170 per cent.
“We are encouraged by this positive trend and we foresee this will continue in the coming weeks.
“We are aiming to increase our flight frequencies to around 50 per cent 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,” he said in a statement.
Some of the most popular routes booked include Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Hat Yai.
Other popular routes include Manila to Puerto Princesa and Davao, Delhi to Srinagar, Bengaluru to Hyderabad as well as Jakarta to Denpasar and Medan.
The group’s load factor averaged around 50 per cent with AirAsia Malaysia hitting 70 per cent on Tuesday, its highest load factor post-hibernation.
AirAsia currently operates 152 daily flights across the region.
Fernandes said the airline looked forward to the reopening of international borders as air transport provided the connectivity that was essential for the resumption of economic activities and the global recovery efforts.
He also said the airline would extend its AirAsia Unlimited Pass to other markets soon following its overwhelming demand in Malaysia.