AirAsia offers 'unprecedented' unlimited travel for NZ$189

AirAsia X is offering unlimited travel for the equivelent of NZ$189 (Malaysian RM499) in a bid to get more people travelling as sales drop due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Airlines around the world are trying various methods to get bums on seats as COVID-19 hits both their capacity and bottom line.

On Monday, Air New Zealand offered 1000 domestic seats for just $9 after last week offering trans-Tasman flights for under $100.

AirAsia X is offering the RM499 deal for travel across its entire network including destinations in Australia, Japan, India and Malaysia. Kiwis wanting to take advantage of the deal would of course need to travel to one of the countries on AirAsia X's network.

"This is unprecedented," AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said.

"As the travel period spans across one full year, AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders can decide when best to travel and choose between exploring all available destinations or keep going back to the same favourite location over and over again in different seasons, the choice is theirs." 

According to a press release on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website, passengers should be reassured that cabin air is filtered, that aircraft are cleaned in line with global standards, but that people should use their common sense.

"If you are sick, don't travel. If you have flu-like symptoms, wear a mask and see a doctor. And when you travel wash your hands frequently and don't touch your face. Observing these simple measures should keep flying safe for all," said Dr David Powell, IATA's Medical Advisor.

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