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AirAsia X slated to resume Sydney flights on Feb 14, prioritising travel credit redemptions

AirAsia X slated to resume Sydney flights on Feb 14, prioritising travel credit redemptions
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(This article has been amended to correct the flight days)

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 31): In the wake of its successful restructuring, AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) said it will be resuming its commercial flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney from Feb 14. 

In a statement on Monday (Jan 31), the airline said it will be prioritising full redemptions for its passengers affected by the restructuring.

“AAX guests may reinstate their flight booking and utilise their credit account to book the flights,” it added.

AAX noted that flights will initially be operated weekly on Mondays from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, and returning on Tuesdays, from Feb 14 to March 22.

“Fares start from RM1,399 one-way all inclusive [of check-in baggage, one meal and one drink] on economy, or guests can choose to experience our premium flatbed from RM3,999.

“From Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, fares start from A$399 (about RM1,171.26) and A$1,299 one-way all-inclusive respectively,” it added.

AAX chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said that with the absence of domestic routes, the airline had been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, he noted that AAX now sees light at the end of the tunnel and is working hard to operate in all of its key markets as one of the world’s leading low-cost medium-haul operators.

“Following our travel downtime over the last two years, and the recent completion of our restructuring process, we are thrilled to be able to relaunch and commence our gradual return to the skies.

“Starting with flights to and from Sydney, we will progressively continue to honour outstanding bookings and credit accounts for our guests and creditors in other markets as soon as possible.

“As we anticipate the gradual reopening of international borders around the world in 2022, we are delighted to return to Australia first as one of our most popular markets. This new weekly service for guests marks a significant milestone for the resumption of our commercial services and will contribute to our growth post restructuring,” he added. 

AAX settled down half a sen or 10% at 4.5 sen at market close at 12.30pm on Monday, giving it a market capitalisation of RM186.67 million ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday.

Surin Murugiah