AirAsia hits half a billion guests! Sixteen years of blood, sweat and tears

AirAsia Philippines CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador flanked by Cabin Crew at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 with the 10-foot cake towering behind them.

MANILA, 18 May 2018 – In just sixteen years, AirAsia has flown over 500 million guests to over 130 destinations, many of which are unique destinations that only AirAsia flies to.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “We started in 2001 with just 2 planes and 200 Allstars in Malaysia and carried 200,000 guests. Today, we have more than 200 planes, over 20,000 Allstars of 50 different nationalities and half a billion guests, 60% of which were first time flyers. Half a billion guests is no small feat -- it is 7 times the population of Thailand, 16 times the population of Malaysia and about 80 percent of the entire Asean population (640 million, 2018*).

“We would like to attribute this incredible milestone to every single guest who has flown with AirAsia. We are delighted to have been part of the flying experiences and memories of so many people and communities around the world, especially Asean, making it a smaller place. We are also proud to have contributed positively to the region’s economy through tourism and job creation,” he added.

The #halfabillion celebration kicked off in Bangkok last 15 May with the 500 millionth guest, 34-year old Dr. Panut Oprasertsawat took AirAsia over the half a billion mark when he flew from Phuket to Bangkok Don Mueang on 18 March 2018.

Dr. Panut Oprasertsawat said, “I travel frequently between Bangkok and Phuket for work. AirAsia has always been my preferred airline due to their high flight frequency, affordable price and excellent services. Over the past decade, I am able to manage my business at both places due to the easy access of air connectivity. I am truly excited to be part of this milestone.”

AirAsia takes its #halfabillion celebration to selected destinations across the region including the Philippines, on ground and in the air, while guests will be able to view a personalised video of their journey with AirAsia when they log into

Celebration for #halfabillion at Philippines’ NAIA Terminal 3 airport was held today with the unveiling of a giant cake by AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.

“Half a billion thank yous won't be enough for the hard work and dedication of the AirAsia team. But, today I’d like to express our gratitude to the millions of Filipino travelers. 500 million is about 5 times our entire population and we are extremely grateful for your support. We will always give our best to serve, inspire and enable every traveler to fly high with us.” Comendador said.

AirAsia is also offering promo fares from as low as P950, all-in, now available for booking at valid for travel from 1 September 2018 to 28 May 2019.

AirAsia is proud to be a market leader in air connectivity within Asean. Since its early days, AirAsia has initiated new routes which were previously unheard of, including between East Malaysia and Peninsular Malaysia, in order to bring communities closer and boost economic activities. The airline was also the first to introduce international flights to Bandung, Indonesia, which has now grown to be a key international hub.

Most recently, the UK-based air travel intelligence company OAG reported that Singapore-Kuala Lumpur is the busiest international route, with AirAsia now holding the largest share of capacity.

AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Travel Awards, where it became the inaugural recipient of the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew award.