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December 16, 2007 

Regional airlines introduce new pass fare

Asean airlines participating in the Visit Asean Pass (VAP) programme have introduced a new air-pass with lower airfare from this month.

The new air-pass, called Special Visit Asean Air-Pass, is valid until Nov 30, 2008, and the eight participating airlines are Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Airlines, Lao Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Philippine Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines.

At the same time, the validity of the original air-pass, named Visit Asean Air-Pass, was extended for another year until Nov 30, 2008, said the Asean Tourism Association (Aseanta) which launched the pass in January 2006.

Aseanta president Felix J. Cruz said the new air-pass would be a major catalyst for further boosting tourism in Asean countries.

"We will continue to look for more ways that airlines of Asean can play that important role," he said in a statement here Thursday.

The new air-pass is priced at US$319 for three sectors or coupons and each additional sector or coupon is priced at US$120, up to a maximum of five sectors or coupons.



Courtesy Bernama

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