Air Asia caps fees so rakyat can fly home to vote

 |Apr 13, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia is offering fixed fares of as low as RM99 to spur Malaysians to return home to cast their ballots.

“Because of your overwhelming response to vote for #GE14, we’re launching fixed fares TONIGHT. All fares available on, #forthepeople,” the budget airline said in a Facebook post yesterday.

For the travelling period of between May 8 and 9, passengers travelling within Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia can purchase a ticket for RM99, while those travelling between Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak only have to fork out RM129.

Malaysians who wanted to travel between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, meanwhile, would have to pay RM199 for a ticket.

Meanwhile, its group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, on Twitter last night said the airline would freeze any unsold seats the day before and after polling day and that the seats would be on low fares.

We are going to delpoy AirAsia X 330 at times it’s not flying. Revenue team working overtime to get this done. Say thanks to them.”

This came three days after AirAsia announced its decision to waive flight change fees for bookings where the travel date fell on polling day.

More than 14.9 million voters will go to the polls on Wednesday, May 9 for the GE14. Putrajaya has declared polling day a special public holiday.

Nomination date is set for April 28, while early voting will take place on May 5.

This marks the fourth time in the country’s history that polling day is held on a weekday.

May 9 has been declared a public holiday to enable Malaysians to vote, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday.