AirAsia to prepare special flights to Hanoi for AFF Suzuki Cup finals

AirAsia will provide special flights for Harimau Malaya fans.

KUALA NERUS: AirAsia is providing special flights to enable Harimau Malaya supporters to go to Hanoi to cheer on the Malaysian team in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup finals on Dec 15.

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes, however, said the number of aircraft which would be made available would depend on the approval of Hanoi airport authorities.

“It also depends on the demand for flights and the performance of the national team in the first leg on Tuesday,” he said after the “Executive Talk Air Asia: From Zero to Hero” programme at the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) here today.

The special flights would indirectly help ensure the national squad received the best support to win the title, he said.

For the second leg of the semi-finals at the Rajamangala National Stadium recently, AirAsia had provided a special aircraft to ferry Harimau Malaya supporters, especially members of the Ultras Malaya club.

Meanwhile, Fernandes presented a UniSZA student who attended the programme three plane tickets to take his parents for pilgrimage.

Muhammad Rizqi Saipul Nizam, 18, a second-year diploma student had earlier asked Fernandes how to fulfill one’s dreams, saying his main goal since he was young was to take his parents to the Holy Land, and that he would often go to the Sultan Mahmud International Airport in Kuala Terengganu to increase his motivation to do so.

Inspired by the student’s determination and noble wish to help his parents, Fernandes called him up on stage to announce that he was giving Riqzi the tickets.