The highly anticipated AirAsia ASEAN travel pass has now been made available for sale, in an effort to boost travel within the region, by making it a seamless experience.
Holders of the AirAsia Pass will be able to take flights to over 148 routes across all 10 ASEAN countries, with the pass acting as a single currency to diminish the hassle of different foreign exchange rates.
You can learn more about the plans of the AirAsia Group at this year's Routes Asia in Kunming, Yunnan, China between March 15-17, 2015. The airline's Senthil Balan, Regional Group Head, Route & Fleet Planning will be on a panel session entitled 'Expansion of LCCs in China and North Asia' during the Routes Asia Strategy Summit
The passes will be valued as credits, and will allow passengers to plan trips more freely between Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia.
“As a truly Asean airline, we are extremely proud to introduce the AirAsia Asean Pass, which is a product specifically designed to further liberalize and encourage travel among the Asean community. The pass allows us to bridge communities and attract more foreign tourists to the region- it’s the perfect instrument to promote Asean integration,” said AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.
The pass is valid for 30 days, and credits value the length of each flight, with short-haul flights such as Bandung to Singapore costing one credit and longer flights such as Bangkok to Singapore costing three. Longer 60 day passes, or ‘AirAsia ASEAN Pass +’, will also be available. Booking last-minute trips will not be possible, as flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance
Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said the AirAsia ASEAN Pass will be the "catalyst" for further air travel within Southeast Asia and will also lure back foreign tourists. The pass was originally intended for sale from January 15, but was postponed in light of the AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501 crash.