PETALING JAYA - Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd was named the World's Leading Low Cost Airline at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2013 in Doha, Qatar.
In a statement issues yesterday, AirAsia said it received the highest votes from travel professionals from around the globe surpassing other nominees in the category, namely AirArabia, AirBerlin, easy Jet, Jet Blue Airways, Precision Air and Southwest Airlines.
AirAsia executive chairman and co-founder Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the recognition was a testament towards the strong brand AirAsia has built.
"From a Malaysian start-up, we are now an international brand synonymous with low-cost travel, with innovation as our key driver.
"It is a great honour to win this award, as this places 'brand Malaysia' on a great pedestal so that we can achieve our mission to develop the country into a major aviation hub like Dubai," he said.
The budget airliner is approaching its12th anniversary, has carried over 200 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to 147 aircraft today.
"As a home grown airline, we feel responsible to propel our nation's aviation industry further, and we would need the support of our government and Malaysians alike to achieve that," added Kamarudin.
AirAsia has also been named the World's Best Low-Cost Airline by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 to 2013.
AirAsia director Datuk Aziz Bakar represented the group at the award ceremony to receive this prestigious award.
The airline has operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines servicing a network stretching across all ASEAN countries as well as China, India and Australia.