AirAsia have announced they will begin lifting regional flight restrictions at the end of this month, offering flights connecting Malaysia to its neighbours, pending approval from the authorities.
According to a recent statement, the low-cost carrier will commence operations from 29th April onwards, with further flights scheduled for take-off in the first week of May. Flights are already available for booking via airasia.com and the airline’s mobile app.
“The resumption of services will initially be for key selected domestic routes, which will increase gradually to include international destinations around the network,” said a spokesperson for the airline in a public statement yesterday. “Once the situation improves and governments lift borders and travel restrictions,” they added.
AirAsia will commence flights in Thailand and the Philippines on 1st May, followed by India on 4th May and Indonesia on 7th May. More flights are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The news follows further positive developments in Thailand, where earlier this week officials announced they will reopen businesses in the province of Chonburi, with a view to gradually expanding the recovery nationwide.
AirAsia plans to resume full operations as soon as possible. “We have undertaken a thorough review of our guest handling procedures both on ground and on board in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bo Lingam, who is president of AirAsia Group. “We have been working closely with the airport authorities to ensure that all the relevant precautionary measures are in place to ensure a safe, pleasant and comfortable journey for everyone,” he added.
“We work actively with all our regulators, local governments, civil aviation and health authorities, including adhering to guidance from the World Health Organisation and International Civil Aviation Organisation to ensure the highest standards of compliance and conformance are in place for every single flight we operate in our network.”
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