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Posted 2010-05-28 11:04:31
AirAsia offers free Thai tickets as fare war takes off
Discount airline AirAsia has launched special fares to lift Thailand's tourism industry in the wake of the bloody political clashes in Bangkok that prompted the Australian government to warn travellers to avoid the capital.
AirAsia is offering a limited number of free flights from Bali to Bangkok, and $10 fares from Kuala Lumpur to the Thai capital to entice travellers.
This latest move comes as new market research shows Australia's domestic tourism is on the slide.
The AirAsia offer is part of a sale of 10,000 seats between Bangkok and Asian cities in Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and Indonesia, with fares costing up to $38 one-way.
As a regional carrier, AirAsia's chief executive Tony Fernandes said he felt "duty-bound" to help Thailand "bounce back".
Bookings open today until June 1, for travelling between June 7 to August 31.
The move comes as Tiger Airways launched another fare blitz across Australia, with fares as low as $9, taxes included.
Tiger Airways' spokeswoman Vanessa Regan said 14 out of the airline's 19 routes were on sale for less than $40, and nine of them under $30.
The Melbourne-Sydney sale fare is $18.50 one-way, for example, or to the Gold Coast for $33.50.
There are "tens of thousands" of seats on sale until midnight on May 31, for travel between June 1 and August 31.
Tiger Airways chief executive Tony Davis recently vowed to keep pushing domestic airfares down as he announced a $22.7 million profit for the airline group, with the Australian operation breaking even on an operating level, despite fuel-hedging losses, with three profitable quarters.
Virgin Blue, for one, is feeling the heat of cut-throat competition.
The carrier told investors today its likely net profit before tax and exceptional items for the 2010 financial year could be between half and a quarter of its most recent advice.
It now said net profit before tax and exceptional items would be in the range of $20-$40 million.
Earlier this month, Virgin Blue said it had been expecting a result of $80 million.
The carrier's shares nosedived this morning after the airline said average fares were seen falling 10 per cent.
The airline blamed "rapid deterioration and increased volatility in the operating environment, particularly in respect of the leisure segment both domestically and internationally." as well as "an unexpected and sudden decline in consumer confidence" and "increased industry capacity".
Whether low domestic airfares are enough to bring back consumer demand and revitalise Australian tourism remains to be seen.
Latest Roy Morgan Research released yesterday found only 12 per cent of Australians surveyed said they would like to holiday in Sydney over the next two years; 13 per cent said the Sunshine Coast; 19 per cent said Melbourne; and 21 per cent said the Gold Coast.
"Australians increasingly want to holiday overseas and as a result most domestic destinations have lost appeal for Australians," said Jane Ianniello, Roy Morgan Research's international director for tourism, travel and leisure sectors.
"Melbourne is the exception, having lifted its preference level over the past decade."
Up to 70% off Thailand hotels:
Posted 2010-05-28 11:55:03
however they giva offer also thai tourism want to take more step to get peoples
Posted 2010-05-28 12:23:10
Dear Lucutious, resistance is fertile.
Best wishes from 7 of 9, 9 of 11 and 7 of 11
Posted 2010-05-28 12:35:53
Posted 2010-05-28 12:39:29
Better to start during Low season, than to have NO season.
Posted 2010-05-28 12:45:39
Air Asia gives nothing away, they cancel a flight on you but will not reimburse you. THE ARE A BIG RIP OFF
Edited by hardy1943, 2010-05-28 12:46:04.
Posted 2010-05-28 12:47:17
Posted 2010-05-28 12:52:20
Well said ??? How could you even understand what he was saying?
Posted 2010-05-28 12:54:35
I just experimented a bit with flights from CNX to BKK and can't any free tickets, at least this side of mid July. Best net prices for a round trip including taxes is 1398 baht which is not that much different to booking well in advance on a midweek flight if I recall. Anyone discovered the free ones - I want an excuse to take my son on his first plane ride!
Oops! Just read the press release more closely and see the free flights are international legs in and out of BKK.
Edited by Greenside, 2010-05-28 13:00:28.
Posted 2010-05-28 12:56:56
yea... they are the worst of it!! sometime their(Bht 5,500) pricing are even very near to other top airline like thai airways and singapore airlines(Bht 6,000).
They are not like tiger or perhaps jetstar... Claim to be buget airline but eat people bloody alot.. no choice have to see what country they come from anway..
Posted 2010-05-28 12:57:19
Great move! All the big time high rolling spenders will be coming from these countries in droves: Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and Indonesia.
A litten more respect for Tiger for extending their services to Australia.
Posted 2010-05-28 13:06:20
Through sarcasm!Well said ??? How could you even understand what he was saying?
Posted 2010-05-28 13:07:24
Some steps to get more tourists:
1. Same entree fees anywhere for farang and Thai
2. Stop the rip off with charging 10 % service in restaurants, not one service guy or girl gets this anyway
3. Include the 7% VAT in the prices announced in the menu
4. All taxi service with same announced prices
5. Pattaya, clean up your beach and get rid of those speedboats on the beach, the made a multi- million pier for what?
Posted 2010-05-28 13:12:04
Posted 2010-05-28 13:24:04
Well said ??? How could you even understand what he was saying?
Oh Bob....get with the programme
Posted 2010-05-28 13:41:01
Yeah right am sure it will be PR B.S and "oh we forgot the £499 fuel surcharge and the 10 hour delay and 25 year old plane, thatll be £10 to use the toilet and £50 for a cup of water, bag allowance 2kg" "hot seats" £200 extra!! £80 "wheels down for landing" surcharge.
Edited by yabaaaa, 2010-05-28 13:41:47.
Posted 2010-05-28 13:41:27
Thai Air Asia The Shinawatra family is said to hold a majority
shareholder by nominee in Thai Air Asia, through Asia Aviation which
is 51 percent owned by Sittichai Veerathummnoon, following the sale of
Posted 2010-05-28 13:48:06
Do they give a "free" return ticket? Last thing we want is a bunch of cheap broke lowlifes out of money stuck in Bangkok.
Posted 2010-05-28 13:48:34
ultra annoying, they do loud advertising with ultra-good-looking deals but then they make it impossible to book these deals trough their website...
I am trying to get a ticket booked by any of their 'special offers' for more then 1.5 hours now, but nothing works out like they promise...
If their planes work like their website i'd better book a different company.
Posted 2010-05-28 13:55:54
I checked last nite and again today on AirAsia ... BKK-Bali-BKK departure June 23 for eg: 6,000bht return ... next best fare is 7,500 and then 9,000bht depending on dates ... can't see ANY free flights (+ only tax's and fees) at all !
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