PETALING JAYA - AirAsia has been given the coveted title of "World's Leading Low Cost Airline" for the second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2014 grand final gala ceremony, which was held in Anguilla on Sunday.
"We are humbled and grateful to receive this recognition for the second consecutive year," said executive chairman and co-founder of AirAsia Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, who received the award from World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke.
"This award will never be possible without the hard work, passion, dedication and creativity of our 15,000 AirAsia all-stars. Each and every one of them should be proud that their commitment to the airline has once again put AirAsia on the world map," he said Monday.
"It is indeed an honour to be recognised globally, and we are taking this win as a renewal of our commitment in creating a great travel experience for our guests," said Kamarudin.
He said that over the course of a year, AirAsia has increased and enhanced their Fly-Thru connections with over 858 connections available throughout their network; launched their Premium Flex service that offers business travelers with flexibility of flights; and also launched their low-cost Wi-Fi on board their flights.
Kamarudin also said that they are ready to launch their AirAsia ASEAN Pass, which is designed to integrate the ASEAN community.
"These are just a few of the constant innovations that we work hard to bring to our guests. We will continue to innovate and better serve our markets," said Kamarudin.
The World Travel Awards is also hailed as the Oscars of the travel industry, and recognises companies, organisations and brands that push the boundaries of industry excellence.
AirAsia emerged as the winner in the "World's Leading Low Cost Airline" category, receiving the highest votes from travel professionals from around the globe, surpassing other nominees in the category, namely airberlin, easyJet, flydubai, JetBlue Airways, Jetstar Airways, Kulula, Mango, Norwegian, Ryanair and also Southwest Airlines.
AirAsia has also attained the title of Asia's Best and World's Best Low Cost Airline by Skytrax for six consecutive years from 2009 to 2014.
On top of that, AirAsia was named Asia's Leading Low Cost Airline at the World Travel Awards (Asia & Australasia) Gala 2014 in October.