With Malaysian citizens stranded overseas amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Malaysia Airlines is looking to reinstate some international flights in April and May.
According to Malaysia Airlines Group Chairman Captain Izham Ismail stated some of the routes have been requested by foreigners and Malaysians.
Among the routes that will see some flights reinstated include flights departing from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Jakarta, and Guangzhou in China.
“Being a network carrier, Malaysia Airlines is able to maintain connectivity and bring our customers direct or closest to their intended destination. And being Malaysia’s national carrier, it is our duty to ensure accessibility for Malaysia domestically and internationally during these difficult times,” Ismail said in a statement.
While the airline has reduced the number of flights amid the aviation demand downturn after Malaysia's government imposed movement restrictions on March 18, the carrier has participated in operating cargo flights carrying goods and medical supplies throughout Malaysia.
To continue supporting the COVID-19 outbreak response, the airline has standby aircraft in Kuala Lumpur, Subang, and and Kota Kinabalu.