There’s all the other stuff to pay on top, but it still works out being a cheap deal. AirAsia is South-East Asia’s most competitive budget airline, and it’s aggressively marketing its services now as it’s about to face some stiff competition from Singapore Airline’s new budget carrier Scoot which will launch in June.
This latest pitch: Fly economy one way to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast from $A149 and then continue exploring the world from just $A7 The million seats on sale across the network are available for travel between September 11, 2012 and January 31, 2013.
- Penang and Langkawi from $A7;
- Ho Chi Minh, Krabi and Phuket from $A17 and Clark and Vientiane from $A24 one way.
- One way flights from the Malaysian capital to Hanoi and Siem Reap start from $A30;
- Bali and Chiang Mai from $A34; Hong Kong and Shenzhen from $A47;
- Osaka from $A56; and Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul from $A66.
- Premium one way fares to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne and the Gold Coast start from $A799; Perth from $A699 and Sydney from $A499.
The Sydney to KL service launches on April 2. AirAsia is also offering deals on its FLY-THRU connecting flights from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Perth and Sydney to Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh and Jakarta from $A189 one way economy.
- One way economy flights to Bali from Melbourne, Gold Coast and Sydney start from $A199 and from Perth from $A139;
- Other FLY-THRU sale fares include Perth and Sydney to Osaka from $A229; Melbourne to Tokyo from $A239; and Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Perth to Hong Kong from $A219 one way economy.
AirAsia X (the X is the long haul operation) has also introduced an innovative new service known as the Empty Seat Option which allows travellers the opportunity to have empty seats allocated next to them in a row from $A10 plus a nominal booking fee of $A1. AirAsia has 152 routes across 23 countries.
The airline was named World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
It was forced to take “corrective action” on fare disclosure in late January following a suit filed against it by an Australian regulator. The airline was slapped with a lawsuit by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on January 17, claiming the airline had failed to disclose the full amount of fees and taxes in advertised fares from Australia.
It was the same day as AirAsia announced its Sydney to KL service, with a lot of fanfare, and simultaneously announced it was cancelling routes to London, Paris, Mumbai and Delhi.
”As soon as we became aware of the matter, we took corrective action and are focused on ensuring that our customers have all relevant information on our fares,” AirAsia said in a statement.
The airline said that it was not aware of the problem until ACCC brought the matter to the court. The airline said the issue of relevant flights, related to whether all taxes and charges were displayed for customers, appears to have arisen from an IT issue in September last year.
”We intend to constructively resolve the matter with the ACCC, to address any issues they may have and to address any issue our customers may have had.”
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