Friday, March 27, 2020

AirAsia and AirAsia X to be grounded from 28 March

Malaysian low-cost carriers AirAsia and AirAsia X will suspend operations from 28 March due to growing border restrictions imposed by various countries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

AirAsia will be grounded until 21 April, while long-haul sister carrier AirAsia X is to be grounded until 31 May, says AirAsia Group, which made the announcement on behalf of its component carriers and AirAsia X Group.
The two Malaysian AirAsia carriers are joining their overseas affiliates in India, Thailand, and the Philippines, which began grounding their aircraft earlier this month.

AirAsia India suspended flights since 25 March for three weeks, in line with a nationwide lockdown that began on the same day. Philippines AirAsia has halted flying since 20 March, over a similar measure imposed on the country’s main Luzon island group. Thai AirAsia X also began a three-month suspension on 16 March.

Cirium fleets data show that close to 190 aircraft operated by the five carriers will not fly during the suspension.

“We believe this temporary fleet hibernation is the right thing to do to ensure the well-being of our guests and employees, which will remain as the top priority of our business during this challenging time,” says AirAsia Group.
27/03/20 Flight Global
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