AirAsia allows two bags in cabin again

Written by TheMole

KUALA LUMPUR — July 7, 2020: AirAsia has once again allowed passengers to bring onboard two pieces of cabin baggage with a combined weight not exceeding 7 kgs

The size of trolley bags allowed must not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm including the handles, wheels and side pockets or does not exceed the maximum linear measurement of 115 cm and must be able to fit in the overhead storage compartment in the aircraft cabin.

The other bag can be a laptop bag or a handbag or backpack or any other small bag which must not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 10cm or the maximum linear of 80 cm, which can fit under the seat in front of the passenger.

This revised policy is effective today.

AirAsia had in April imposed the one bag policy to facilitate social distancing.

The airline has also reported a net loss of RM803.85 million for the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a net profit of RM96.09 million a year ago.

The loss was mainly due to RM270.1 million of fair value losses on derivatives, loss on settlement of fuel hedges of RM110.0 million and RM243.0 million additional depreciation and lease liabilities interest on operating lease aircraft, it said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia.

Revenue also eased to RM2.31 billion from RM2.73 billion.

Despite kick-starting the year with a strong performance in January, the uncertainty of the Covid-19 outbreak as well as increasing travel restrictions and border controls led to weaker air travel demand in February and March.

The reduction in available seat kilometre by 19 per cent was
primarily due to proactive capacity management to mitigate the impact.

AirAsia Group president (Airlines) Bo Lingam said in a statement that the airline had restarted operations in phases for each of its operating markets and it is focusing domestically for now.

Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the airline is taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis to restructure the group into a leaner and tighter
organisation. This has enabled AirAsia to bring cash expenses down
by at least 50 per cent.






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