Singapore-based Jetstar Asia announced it will resume partial operations to three key cities in its network: Bangkok, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur.
According to a statement from the airline, Jetstar Asia will resume a total of five flights weekly from Singapore to the three cities as part of an effort to accommodate stranded travelers. Jetstar Asia will only permit citizens and permanent residents returning home or with prior approval to travel.
The schedule will see flights to Manila on Tuesdays, Kuala Lumpur on Thursday/Saturday, and cargo flights to Bangkok on Wednesday/Sunday. According to the airline, the flights will be conducted until September.
The airline will be taking measures to reduce the risk of infection and will abide by Singapore laws such using face masks. "In line with new circuit breaker measures introduced by the Singapore Government, all passengers will be required to wear a mask, at all times. Crew members will also utilise masks and PPE in accordance with guidelines," said Jetstar.
In addition to the requirement for face mask usage, the flights will have a maximum capacity of 112 seats – 60% of the usual capacity on the aircraft to be used. There will also be limited inflight services such as providing water.
Jetstar Asia has had its operations suspended since March 23 after the increase in government restrictions and travel bans, grounding the airline's 18-aircraft fleet of Airbus A320s. The current tentative date of flight resumptions is on May 19.