AirAsia X offers free flights for relief missions

AirAsia X offers free flights for relief missions
A woman making her way over the ruins of her house in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Before this one, the last major earthquake to hit Kathmandu was in 1934.

PETALING JAYA - AirAsia X is organising free flights to Nepal from now till May 10 for non-governmental orga­nisations and humanitarian agencies planning relief missions in the nation rocked by earthquake.

The airline said the free flights based on seat availability are for accredited NGOs and humanitarian agencies.

AirAsia X group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun pledged that the airline would do whatever it could to help alleviate the grief and distress experienced by the victims, and prayed for their safety.

"Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the earthquake in Nepal," he said in a statement yesterday.

AirAsia X acting CEO Benyamin Ismail said the airline was saddened by the news.

"As an airline that serves this route and market, we will stand by everyone there to offer as much help as possible, especially in getting in all the relief efforts into Nepal through our flights," said Benyamin.

The AirAsia group has helped out with previous relief efforts, such as during the 2004 tsunami and Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in 2004, among others.

All NGOs and humanitarian agencies can send in their requests to AirAsia Foundation at

In a related development, the National Security Council said it would be sending a second courtesy flight if there were still Malaysians found to be stranded in Nepal.

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