AirAsia offers 'hot seat' upgrade for fully vaccinated passengers

AirAsia Philippines is offering a "hot seat" upgrade for passengers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated passengers can avail of the upgrade at the check-in counter by presenting a physical or digital record of their vaccination. They may choose from rows 2 to 5 and 12 to 14 for all domestic flights.

AirAsia said that fully vaccinated individuals are those who received the second of a two-dose vaccine or the full one-dose vaccine at least two weeks prior to departure.

The upgrade is available from July 19 to August 31, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The airline company said that that the upgrade is available in all AirAsia stations, sales, and service counters throughout the country.

"While strict health and safety protocols are now part of our new normal, we wanted to go further towards achieving our country’s herd immunity. We hope that simple gestures like a hot seat upgrade would motivate more people to get vaccinated whenever available," said AirAsia Philippines spokesperson Steve Dailisan.

"It is only then that we will fully achieve total confidence in air travel and the full recovery of the tourism industry," he added.

AirAsia is targeting to have its whole workforce vaccinated by the end of 2021. So far, 60% of its over 1,500-workforce have been inoculated. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.

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