Kuala Lumpur, 30 September 2011
AirAsia is rising to the occasion to provide aid to Filipinos affected by typhoon "Nesat". The Truly Asean airline is offering air assistance to facilitate relief efforts with immediate effect.
AirAsia will be freeing up cargo space on its daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Clark to transport, for free, materials to the Philippines. For those who are keen to help, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aid and humanitarian agencies as well as members of the public, please send in your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructions on material specifications and delivery will be provided after evaluation of the request.
The typhoon hit Philippines on Tuesday forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. More than a million people in Luzon remained without power including the capital Manila and seven outlying provinces according to Office of Civil Defense Chief Benito Ramos.
Health officials have also advised residents to boil their drinking water, especially in evacuation centers where typhoon victims numbering to several thousands are relocated.
This is not the first time that AirAsia has come to the aid of people and nations in the region during times of tragedy. AirAsia was at the forefront of relief efforts in the wake of the tsunami that struck the region in 2004, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (2008) and the earthquake which struck Sichuan in China (2008).
AirAsia has also supported the recovery of Bali, Indonesia, after the terrorist bombings in 2005, by giving away 12,000 free seats on its flights. It mounted rescue flights from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur in November 2008 to help people stranded by the closing of the airport in Bangkok. Similar rescue efforts were extended in Padang and Jakarta in October 2009 to help those affected by the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that hit Sumatra island.
AirAsia is firmly committed to the philosophy that no corporation can live apart from the community it serves. As the Truly Asean airline, we will always extend a helping hand to the communities we serve in their time of need.
The airline currently serves Philippines route with one direct daily flight from Kuala Lumpur, and once daily from Kota Kinabalu.