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photo1-asean-olympic-medallists-mti-newsBANGKOK, 8 September 2016 – AirAsia today gave away free flights to all Asean Olympic medallists at a gala event held in the JW Marriot Hotel in Bangkok.

Also in attendance were AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, AirAsia country CEOs, Thailand’s Vice Minister for Tourism and Sports, Associate Professor Chavanee Tongroach, as well as government and sports officials from each Asean country with a podium finisher.

Gold medal winners received a lifetime of free flights, while silver and bronze medal winners received five and three years’ worth of free flights respectively.

Medallists were given a special AirAsia BIG card in gold, silver and bronze that allows them to fly to any of the more than 120 destinations within AirAsia and AirAsia X’s extensive network in Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “We are very honoured to be able to present free flights to the men and women who have inspired the region with their sporting excellence.

“Too often, sports is overlooked in Asean but their achievements show we can be the world’s best when we set our mind to it, together with the right support and infrastructure.”

He added, “Athletes will be able to make use of the free flights whenever they want, as many times as they want. No ifs, no buts, no funny conditions. We sincerely hope they will enjoy flying with us.”

AirAsia is Asia’s largest low-cost carrier by passengers carried and jet fleet, with unmatched frequencies. It is also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 Asean countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region.

A pioneer in travel and technology, AirAsia offers a wide range of innovative products such as mobile app, extensive self-service options, inflight wifi, interactive travel guides, premium coffee, online duty-free shopping, Premium Flex and FlyThru.

FlyThru allows guests to seamlessly connect to anywhere within AirAsia’s wide network with just one stop at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Asia’s low-cost carrier hub – and other convenient transit hubs in Thailand and Indonesia, without having to pass through immigration and with their baggage checked through to the final destination.