Malaysia-based budget carrier group AirAsia is eying the resumption of domestic markets in key markets where its affiliates are based at.

Subject to the lifting of travel restrictions and the approval of government authorities, AirAsia group affiliates will start the process of resuming select domestic routes commencing with Malaysia on April 29, followed by Thailand/Philippines (May 1), India (May 4) and Indonesia (May 7).

In a statement, AirAsia President (Airlines) Bo Lingam stated: “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. 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.

“At AirAsia, the safety and wellbeing of our guests and employees is always our highest priority. We work actively with all our regulators, local governments, civil aviation and health authorities, including adhering to guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to ensure the highest standards of compliance and conformance are in place for every single flight we operate in our network.”

In anticipation of the resumption of services, the airline has fitted its aircraft with hospital-standard High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, will also be sent for a thorough disinfection after each flight. Customers will be advised to practice social distancing, personal hygiene, and to wear face masks.

While several subsidiaries could soon see the resumption of services, no date has been set for resumption of services operated by long-haul affiliates AirAsia X and Thai AirAsia X.

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