With discount carriers tripping over each other on the tarmac declaring they're the best at providing low-cost flight services, at least one airline has the bragging rights and credentials to back up those claims - at least when it comes to servicing Asia.
Malaysia-based AirAsia took back to its headquarters in Sepang top honours, last week, as Asia's Leading Low-Cost Airline at the 2018 World Travel Awards Asia and Australia. It's an award that the airline has won annually since 2013, beating out such competitors as Firefly, JetStar and Scoot.
It also earned status as Asia's Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew, edging out fellow nominees like Air India Express, GoAir and SpiceJet. Travel and tourism officials selected the airline for adhering the most to excellence in passenger service, the main criteria established for the World Travel Awards, which were handed out this year in Hong Kong.
AirAsia, which has won the world title for the best low-cost airline for the past five years, will defend its title when the international awards are handed out on December 1st in Lisbon, Portugal.
Other airlines that won this year at the award ceremonies included Cathay Pacific for Asia's leading airline, Hainan Airlines for best business class airline, Thai Airways for best economy class airline, Singapore Airlines for best first class airline and Vietnam Airlines for best premium economy class airline.
Awards for the Asia and Australia area is one of six geographic regions covered by the World Travel Awards, the others being the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean, and Africa and the Indian Ocean. All the winners in categories covering all six regions battle it out at a grand finale at the end. After Lisbon, the 2019 world final will take place in Muscat, Oman.
Besides airlines the international awards, founded in 1993 to give credit to all parts of the tourism industry around the globe, also bestows titles to the best hotels, beaches, resorts, cruise lines, festivals, marketing campaigns, tourist boards, car rentals, wedding venues and any other segment of the hospitality industry worthy of credit among the tourism industry's leading figures around the world.