AirAsia, Malaysia’s homegrown budget airline, has decided to do away with its fuel surcharge and to commemorate the announcement, the company is offering half a million (500,000) free tickets for local and international destinations to its passengers.
It became the first commercial airline in the world which made the decision to remove fuel surcharge.
The free tickets are offered to those who are traveling next year, between 22 June 2008 and 24 October 2008, while the applicable booking period will end this coming Sunday.
Both immediate-distance (AirAsia) and long distance (AirAsia X) flight tickets will no longer impose the fuel surcharge from now on, which in the past cost the passengers an average of RM47 per person. Now, the passengers will only pay the ticket price, airport tax and admin fees.
The check-in baggage handling fees will also remain.
Tony Fernandes, the airline’s head honcho, has long regarded the fuel surcharge as a necessary evil and an element that can destroy AirAsia’s business. He, however, did not confirm if the surcharge could ber reimpose once the global fuel price undergoes another round of hike.