AirAsia operates at 19% of pre-pandemic capacity; only 8% in Malaysia

Malaysia-headquartered budget airline AirAsia Group is operating at just 19 per cent of its pre-Covid 19-pandemic capacity, the company’s senior manager of network planning, Andreu Parés Prat, told industry news portal Simple Flying.

For example, for the week from July 19, the group has only scheduled 2,000 outbound flights, compared with 10,800 for the same week in 2019.

On home turf, despite having the largest domestic network of any of its group subsidiaries, the Malaysian unit is only operating at eight per cent capacity when compared to 2019 pre-pandemic levels, with over 2,000 weekly departures lost, reducing its domestic network to just 21 routes.

Prat said the performance of each market was greatly dependent on the condition of individual countries, their respective vaccination rates and when borders will be opened again.

“[Unfortunately], we have had a huge spike in cases in Malaysia. Currently, the country is pretty much on full lockdown so travel is really limited and just for essential purposes. I would say that right now we are currently at one of the lowest levels we have seen. But hopefully, we’ll have some news on this lockdown coming up soon,” he said.

Long-haul unit AirAsia X having the fewest departures

Consequently, the Malaysia unit is now only ranked fourth in planned departures, behind AirAsia India, Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia, with only Philippines AirAsia and AirAsia X having fewer departures.

Parés Prat noted that the recovery of domestic markets was crucial to airlines worldwide, which is underscored by AirAsia India’s current position as its leading unit due to its exclusively domestic network.

He added that as borders remain virtually closed, with domestic departures being at 33% of pre-coronavirus levels and international departures at just 1%, the group is planning more domestic departures than international ones.

Demand uptick in the Philippines

“In Thailand, we are not flying scheduled international flights at all because of the [closed] borders. In the Philippines and Indonesia, the cases are still pretty high, but in the Philippines we are seeing an uptick in demand. Leisure is allowed in certain regions so we are starting to ramp up,” he said.

Meanwhile, on July 3, AirAsia’s Indonesian unit announced that it would suspend its operations for at least a month due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country. The airline has called its suspension a form of support for the Indonesian government’s efforts in tackling the virus.



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Malaysia-headquartered budget airline AirAsia Group is operating at just 19 per cent of its pre-Covid 19-pandemic capacity, the company’s senior manager of network planning, Andreu Parés Prat, told industry news portal Simple Flying. For example, for the week from July 19, the group has only scheduled 2,000 outbound flights, compared with 10,800 for the same week in 2019. On home turf, despite having the largest domestic network of any of its group subsidiaries, the Malaysian unit is only operating at eight per cent capacity when compared to 2019 pre-pandemic levels, with over 2,000 weekly departures lost, reducing its domestic network...

Malaysia-headquartered budget airline AirAsia Group is operating at just 19 per cent of its pre-Covid 19-pandemic capacity, the company’s senior manager of network planning, Andreu Parés Prat, told industry news portal Simple Flying.

For example, for the week from July 19, the group has only scheduled 2,000 outbound flights, compared with 10,800 for the same week in 2019.

On home turf, despite having the largest domestic network of any of its group subsidiaries, the Malaysian unit is only operating at eight per cent capacity when compared to 2019 pre-pandemic levels, with over 2,000 weekly departures lost, reducing its domestic network to just 21 routes.

Prat said the performance of each market was greatly dependent on the condition of individual countries, their respective vaccination rates and when borders will be opened again.

“[Unfortunately], we have had a huge spike in cases in Malaysia. Currently, the country is pretty much on full lockdown so travel is really limited and just for essential purposes. I would say that right now we are currently at one of the lowest levels we have seen. But hopefully, we’ll have some news on this lockdown coming up soon,” he said.

Long-haul unit AirAsia X having the fewest departures

Consequently, the Malaysia unit is now only ranked fourth in planned departures, behind AirAsia India, Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia, with only Philippines AirAsia and AirAsia X having fewer departures.

Parés Prat noted that the recovery of domestic markets was crucial to airlines worldwide, which is underscored by AirAsia India’s current position as its leading unit due to its exclusively domestic network.

He added that as borders remain virtually closed, with domestic departures being at 33% of pre-coronavirus levels and international departures at just 1%, the group is planning more domestic departures than international ones.

Demand uptick in the Philippines

“In Thailand, we are not flying scheduled international flights at all because of the [closed] borders. In the Philippines and Indonesia, the cases are still pretty high, but in the Philippines we are seeing an uptick in demand. Leisure is allowed in certain regions so we are starting to ramp up,” he said.

Meanwhile, on July 3, AirAsia’s Indonesian unit announced that it would suspend its operations for at least a month due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country. The airline has called its suspension a form of support for the Indonesian government’s efforts in tackling the virus.



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