KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 7): Leading international online travel services provider, Trip.com Group and AirAsia.com, ASEAN’s fastest growing travel and lifestyle e-commerce platform, have teamed up to collaborate on a range of popular products and services.
AirAsia in a statement said the cooperation is expected to generate synergies for both digital platforms, and is a joint initiative to spur greater demand for international travel by providing travellers with an end-to-end product offering, from flights to hotels, airport transfers, and activities.
"Trip.com Group’s Premium Members will also be able to enjoy upgraded privileges on AirAsia flights when they book on Trip.com Group platforms," it said.
AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the partnership with Trip.com Group was timely in anticipation of cross-border travel resumption.
In this regard, he said AirAsia is the largest international airline flying into China, with Chinese passengers representing more that 10 per cent of its Southeast Asia-bound traffic.
“AirAsia flies to 21 cities in China, connecting travellers to over 150 destinations in our network. With our continued focus on providing the best value and choice for our guests, AirAsia has transformed from an airline into a leading travel, lifestyle and financial technology platform.
“This partnership with Trip.com Group demonstrates our commitment and confidence in the China market, more so during this challenging Covid-19 environment, where we remain optimistic for borders to be reopened in the near future.”
In the meantime, Fernandes added, AirAsia would continue to work with strategic partners like Trip.com Group to provide a greater range of products, services and innovation for guests’ convenience.
Meanwhile, Trip.com Group CEO Jane Sun said with demand gradually increasing and flight routes continuing to resume, the group looked forward to working with AirAsia to prepare the travel industry for a triumphant revival and deliver a superior experience to travellers.
"With the pandemic gradually being brought under control, we’re seeing a recovery in travel demand across the Asia-Pacific region.
“Already, we’ve seen accommodation volume in a number of key regional markets virtually recover to pre-pandemic volumes, while air ticketing volumes continue to make a strong recovery," she said.