PHILIPPINES – AirAsia announced its plans to resume scheduled domestic flights in the Philippines on May 1, 2020. Subject to government approvals, the airline company is also planning to resume domestic flights in Malaysia on 29 April 2020, followed by Thailand (1 May 2020), India (4 May 2020) and Indonesia (7 May 2020).
*Subject to government’s approval
**I5 only operates domestic routes in India
***D7 and XJ only operate international routes
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 situation improves and governments lift borders and travel restrictions.
“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,” said Bo Lingam, President (Airlines) of AirAsia Group.
“We have undertaken a thorough review of our guest handling procedures both on ground and onboard in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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,” Lingam added.
Lingam also stressed that the company takes the safety and wellbeing of guests and employees at the highest priority, and that it is working actively with regulators, local governments, civil aviation and health authorities including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to ensure safety standards and compliance.
Guests are advised to practise the universally 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.