AirAsia CEO Looks for More “Travel Bubbles”

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It looked like an exceptional, historical event for AirAsia: On August 17, the low- cost carrier resumed its flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore after a hiatus of five months. AirAsia Bhd CEO Riad Asmat hopes for more “green lane” corridors…

AirAsia resumed its Kuala Lumpur to Singapore flights today, allowing cross-border travel for essential and official travellers following the implementation the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme by both countries.

AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said both countries have taken relentless efforts and strict discipline in containing the spread of Covid-19, and the RGL is a first step towards reviving the economy, especially for those who have essential travel needs between both countries.

“We look forward to seeing more ‘travel bubbles’ and ‘green lanes’ formed between countries with low infection rates or active cases, and proven pandemic curbing systems to facilitate the need for air travel.

“At the same time, we urge all guests to adhere to the required regulations and follow the safety measures for a safe flying journey,” he said in a statement today.

The flight departed from klia2 today at 11.50am to Changi International Airport, and returned to klia2 at 2.35pm.

Asmat added that AirAsia will continue to review the suitability of introducing more frequencies between the two countries.

“AirAsia would like to remind guests of travel requirements set by both countries under the RGL scheme, all inbound and outbound travellers for essential business and official travel between Malaysia and Singapore via the RGL are required to check their eligibility and travel requirements before their scheduled departure,” he said. The carrier is due to resume in september more flights to Singapore out of Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri and Penang. The carrier plans to offer 69 weekly frequencies between Malaysia and Singapore, including 35 weekly services from KL to Singapore.

In-between, the carrier recently published its preliminary international timetable for September, depending of course of borders reopening by local authorities.

Here is a list of available flights for the time being according to AirAsia’s inventory.

From Kuala Lumpur to:

Banda Aceh 2 weekly
Bandar Seri Begawan 4 weekly
Bandung 2 weekly
Bangalore 4 weekly
Bangkok Don Mueang 10 weekly
Chennai 4 weekly
Chiang Mai 3 weekly
Colombo 2 weekly
Da Nang eff 20SEP20 2 weekly
Denpasar 2 weekly
Dhaka 4 weekly
Guangzhou 1 weekly
Hanoi eff 17SEP20 4 weekly
Ho Chi Minh City eff 17SEP20 7 weekly
Hyderabad 4 weekly
Jakarta 10 weekly
Kaohsiung 3 weekly
Kochi 2 weekly
Kolkata 2 weekly
Macau eff 20SEP20 2 weekly
Makassar 2 weekly
Manila 14 weekly
Medan Kualanamu 10 weekly
Padang 4 weekly
Palembang 3 weekly
Pekanbaru 2 weekly
Phnom Penh 3 weekly
Phuket 4 weekly
Pontianak 2 weekly
Semarang 4 weekly
Singapore 35 weekly
Tiruchirappalli 4 weekly
Yangon 4 weekly
Yogyakarta 4 weekly

The airline will also serve Johor Bahru – Ho Chi Minh City, Penang-Jakarta, Penang-Medan beside flights between Singapore and Malaysian regional cities.
(Sources: Bernama and Routesonline)