'Unprecedented': Airline offers UNLIMITED flights for $181

One Malaysian airline is trying to fill empty seats with an incredible offer to combat the coronavirus outbreak. (Images: AirAsia, Getty)

International travel has ground to a halt due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, but one airline has put up an incredible offer to combat the downturn in business.

Malaysian long-haul carrier AirAsia X last weekend unveiled its new AirAsia Unlimited Pass, which for 499 MYR (AU$181) allows the holder to fly as many times as they like for one year.

AirAsiaX flies between Australia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, China and India. Singapore, Bali and Jeddah, also in AirAsia X's network, are excluded from the offer.

"This is unprecedented," said AirAsia X Malaysia chief Benyamin Ismail.

"Travelling is still very safe as long as everyone travels responsibly and is kept updated by World Health Organisation (WHO) or respective government’s travel advice."

Unfortunately for Australian travellers, the offer is only available to Malaysian members of AirAsia's loyalty program.

AirAsia's promotion follows Air New Zealand's offer of $9 tickets to fill seats on its domestic flights, which sold out within an hour.

Some Chinese airlines have been selling $6 seats while US carriers have cut services to Asia and Italy plus waived cancellation fees on existing bookings.

The AirAsia pass will last until 2 March 2021 and the holder still has to pay any government taxes and fees for their flights, which must be booked at least 14 days in advance.

"As the travel period spans across one full year, AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders can decide when best to travel and choose between exploring all available destinations or keep going back to the same favourite location over and over again in different seasons," Ismail said.

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