Does the winner of Asia’s top low-cost carrier surprise you?

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It has consistently been named as the world’s best low-cost carrier. Source: Shutterstock.

LOW-COST AIRLINES are a dime a dozen, allowing travelers to visit far-flung destinations without breaking the bank and contributing to the increase of tourist arrivals and tourism dollars all around the globe.

It is also an industry disruptor and part of the reason why travel is expected to get more expensive next year.

Regardless, such proliferation has benefited travelers in the past decade, who were able to take advantage of super-cheap fares.

AirAsia and AirAsia X (the long-haul extension of AirAsia), which commenced operations in 1996, is presently the largest airline in Malaysia by fleet size and destinations and arguably the top low-cost airline in Asia.

The airline is now synonymous with the term low-cost and low-cost long-haul, offering a no-frills all-you-can-fly pay-as-you-use scheme, a groundbreaking strategy that got the company to where it is today.

In fact, AirAsia has consistently been named as the world’s best low-cost carrier for 10 years in a row in international travel and airline awards, including the latest award for 2017.

More recently, AirAsia was named Asia’s leading low-cost airline for the sixth year in a row at the 2018 World Travel Award Asia and Australasia.

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AirAsia Hong Kong and Macao CEO Celia Lao with the trophies for Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline and Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew at the 2018 World Travel Awards Asia and Australia. Source: AirAsia.

The airline was voted best in the category by travel and tourism professionals worldwide for commitment to excellence in service, ahead of Air India Express, Firefly, GoAir, JetKonnect, JetStar Airways, Lucky Air, Nok Air, Scoot, SpiceJet, Tigerair Taiwan, and West Air.

On top of that, AirAsia was also bestowed the title of Asia’s leading low-cost airline cabin crew, beating Air India Express, Firefly, GoAir, JetKonnect, Jetstar Airways, Lucky Air, Nok Air, SpiceJet and West Air.

“We are thrilled to receive these awards. We have been working hard to elevate our guest experience through greater digitalization, from check-in and boarding to online shopping to customer service, while maintaining our uniquely Asean hospitality, and this is recognition of our unceasing efforts to set the standard for low-cost air travel in the region,” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said.

With so many first-place positions, AirAsia, the pioneer of low-cost travel, is truly unstoppable.

The World Travel Awards is one of the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards programme in the global and tourism industry.

Established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across key sectors of travel, tourism and hospitality industries, the World Travel Awards brand is now recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.