AirAsia takes off again in five countries

Photo by Lim Huey Teng

Malaysian-headquartered low-cost airline AirAsia is about to end its idling state forced upon it by the coronavirus pandemic and will resume local flights in five countries it operates.

First of all, the airline will resume local flights in Malaysia on April 29, subject to the authorities’ approval.

It further announced it will commence flights in Thailand and the Philippines on May 1, in India on May 4 and in Indonesia on May 7.

“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,” AirAsia said in a statement, adding that flights were already open for booking via the airasia.com website and its mobile app.

“Guests may use their credit accounts to redeem for these flights, ” it said, adding that further details on more routes and flight schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, subject to approval from the authorities.

In the same statement, the airline said it hopes to resume full operations “as soon as possible.”

No retrenchments, but salary cuts

AirAsia is one of the few airlines in the world that has chosen to retain all its staff although it is paying reduced salaries amid a difficult time for the aviation industry globally due to the coronavirus pandemic, founder and Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said in an email to customers sent on April 11

He noted that AirAsia was possibly facing its biggest challenge now, due to costs that it still has to pay without income coming in.

“We have no revenue coming in, 96 per cent of our fleet is grounded and we still have significant ongoing financial commitments such as fuel suppliers and leasing agents,” adding that the airline was “doing everything possible to reduce costs” to enable it to come back flying as soon as possible.

On March 26, AirAsia Group announced that it was temporarily hibernating most of its fleet with temporary suspension of flights, and had also then said that the management and senior employees of the group have volunteered to take a pay cut ranging from 100 per cent at the very top down to 15 per cent to lower ranking executives to enable the airline to ride out the prolonged period of extremely low travel demand and to minimise the impact on employees in junior positions.



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Photo by Lim Huey Teng Malaysian-headquartered low-cost airline AirAsia is about to end its idling state forced upon it by the coronavirus pandemic and will resume local flights in five countries it operates. First of all, the airline will resume local flights in Malaysia on April 29, subject to the authorities’ approval. It further announced it will commence flights in Thailand and the Philippines on May 1, in India on May 4 and in Indonesia on May 7. “The resumption of services will initially be for key selected domestic routes, which will increase gradually to include international destinations around the...

Photo by Lim Huey Teng

Malaysian-headquartered low-cost airline AirAsia is about to end its idling state forced upon it by the coronavirus pandemic and will resume local flights in five countries it operates.

First of all, the airline will resume local flights in Malaysia on April 29, subject to the authorities’ approval.

It further announced it will commence flights in Thailand and the Philippines on May 1, in India on May 4 and in Indonesia on May 7.

“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,” AirAsia said in a statement, adding that flights were already open for booking via the airasia.com website and its mobile app.

“Guests may use their credit accounts to redeem for these flights, ” it said, adding that further details on more routes and flight schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, subject to approval from the authorities.

In the same statement, the airline said it hopes to resume full operations “as soon as possible.”

No retrenchments, but salary cuts

AirAsia is one of the few airlines in the world that has chosen to retain all its staff although it is paying reduced salaries amid a difficult time for the aviation industry globally due to the coronavirus pandemic, founder and Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said in an email to customers sent on April 11

He noted that AirAsia was possibly facing its biggest challenge now, due to costs that it still has to pay without income coming in.

“We have no revenue coming in, 96 per cent of our fleet is grounded and we still have significant ongoing financial commitments such as fuel suppliers and leasing agents,” adding that the airline was “doing everything possible to reduce costs” to enable it to come back flying as soon as possible.

On March 26, AirAsia Group announced that it was temporarily hibernating most of its fleet with temporary suspension of flights, and had also then said that the management and senior employees of the group have volunteered to take a pay cut ranging from 100 per cent at the very top down to 15 per cent to lower ranking executives to enable the airline to ride out the prolonged period of extremely low travel demand and to minimise the impact on employees in junior positions.



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