Dhaka: Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has announced plans to resume some of its international flights from July and further expand its domestic operations as travel restrictions are gradually getting lifted worldwide following the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline said that it will adjust its network capacity from time to time before normalising the schedule in October for both domestic and international destinations.
Passengers are strongly advised to check entry and exit requirements of the country they wish to visit before purchasing their ticket.
The airline will fly twice weekly from Kuala Lumpur to domestic destinations Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Terengganu, Labuan, Sandakan and Tawau from June and July; once a week to Kuantan, Bintulu and Sibu from June and July; thrice weekly to Penang and Kuching from June; and five times weekly to Kuching from July.
On the other hand, for international operations, from July, MAB will fly twice weekly to Dhaka, Kathmandu, London, Osaka, Narita, Incheon, Hong Kong, Melbourne (July 1-18), Sydney (July 1-5), Perth, Denpansar, Phuket and Cambodia; once a week to Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi, Sri Lanka, Taipei, Guangzhou, Sydney (July 6-31), Melbourne (July 19-31), Adelaide, Brisbane and Surabaya; thrice weekly to Manila; four times weekly to Jakarta and Bangkok; and five times a week to Singapore.
On this note, Captain Izham Ismail, Group Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines, said, “We are pleased to announce the resumption of our services by increasing capacity to domestic and international routes and we look forward to welcoming our passengers back onboard. We shall continue to ensure their safety, health, as well as their comfort by introducing new initiatives aligned with international safety and health protocols, as part of our commitment to offer passengers peace of mind throughout their journey with us.”
Malaysia Airlines has implemented various COVID-19 safety measures including temperature checks, sanitization and disinfection of all properties and facilities, enforcement of social distancing, mandatory usage of face masks and the installation of protective screen barriers at check-in counters and transfer desks at KL International Airport (KLIA).
All Malaysia Airlines frontliners on ground and onboard are required to wear personal protective equipment and their health is screened daily. Even upon arrival, passenger luggage will be sanitised.
These health and safety precautionary measures will also be extended to the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounges which is scheduled to reopen from July 1.
In-flight dining has been modified to limit contact between cabin crew and passengers, whilst other in-flight services such as reading materials and in-flight duty-free will remain suspended.
Passengers are urged to perform online or mobile check-in to reduce interaction and avoid queues at the airport, especially those travelling on domestic and regional routes.