Monday, February 05, 2007

MAS offers RM9 tickets, AirAsia seats start at 99 sen

Another price war has broken out between Malaysia Airlines and low-cost carrier AirAsia, with both companies offering heavily discounted domestic tickets.

For the first time, MAS is offering tickets at less than RM10 each for two local routes, while AirAsia is pricing its flights from 99 sen.

The price war means more good news for domestic and international travellers. Both carriers have cited Visit Malaysia 2007 for their offers.

MAS' RM9 fare is for the Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan and Penang-Langkawi routes while the budget carrier’s 99 sen offer is for most routes between Kuala Lumpur and state capitals.

MAS is offering 250,000 tickets for 23 destinations and passengers have seven months to utilise their tickets from March 1.

AirAsia meanwhile has set aside 500,000 seats at discounted fares of up to 99% for all destinations departing from its four Malaysian hubs (Low Cost Carrier Terminal in KLIA, Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching), with the travel period from April 1 to July 31 this year.

Malaysia Airlines senior general manager, network revenue management Bernard Francis said the airline expected all 250,000 discounted seats to be snapped up.

Said AirAsia executive vice-president Kathleen Tan: “Our objective is simple – offer low fares to stimulate travel. We are confident that our sizzling offer of up to 99% discounts will encourage people to fly and open up a new market of first-time flyers.

“How can one resist a holiday when the price of a ticket is cheaper than a plate of nasi lemak?” said Tan.

AirAsia has also reduced prices for several regional destinations, ranging from RM19.99 for a ticket to Phuket to RM69.99 for a ticket to Macau.

Source : STAR
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