Low-cost carrier AirAsia said it will resume domestic flights in various countries starting in Malaysia on 29 April, followed by Thailand on 1 May, the Philippines on 1 May, India on 4 May and Indonesia on 7 May, subject to approval from various regulatory authorities. The resumption of services will initially be for key selected domestic routes, which will increase gradually to include international destinations around the network, once the COVID-19 pandemic situation improves and governments lift borders and travel restrictions.
President (Airlines) of AirAsia Group Bo Lingam said: “We are very pleased to be able to fly again and to serve our guests starting with domestic routes, and hope 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.”
AirAsia said passengers are advised to practise recommended protective precautionary measures including wearing a mask, social distancing and observing high personal hygiene. The aircraft, which are fitted with hospital-standard High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, will also be sent for a thorough disinfection after each flight.