In a positive step forward for the nation’s tourism sector, the carrier Malindo Air has resumed domestic flight operations out of Kuala Lumpur and Subang. The airline had previously been grounded, like many others, due to the nationwide COVID-19 travel restrictions. With these lockdown measures now being lifted, Malaysia’s airline sector is plotting a course for full recovery in the coming weeks.
Malindo Air is currently operating domestic services out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, initially on a reduced daily schedule comprising one daily flight to each of the destinations in its domestic network.
These initial flights are subject to COVID-19 safety measures such as physical distancing and the use of PPE. The have been deployed to meet the demands of many Malaysians trying to return to their hometown or get back to work in the wake of the country’s lockdown measures, known as the Movement Control Order (MCO).
The reopening of Malaysia’s domestic flight network is seen by many as a preliminary trial of tourism infrastructure, as Malaysia considers lifting international restrictions. It is hoped that the new domestic carriers’ safe return to the skies will precede their international counterparts.
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