KUALA LUMPUR — March 30, 2020: The government agrees that it will have to formulate a different plan to help local airlines which are all hit hard by the pandemic.
Although the recently announced stimulus package did not mention any assistance for airlines, the government recognises that this must be done.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said this is because companies like Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo Air are big employers and this thus requires a different action.
Mustapa, however, did not elaborate on the probable assistance when interviewed by Bernama TV’s Ruang Bicara Khas last night.
He nonetheless noted that airlines, some of the most well-known in the industry, are facing their biggest challenge due to the pandemic, describing it as a global phenomenon, with giants like Emirates and Singapore Airlines also affected by the closure of borders and travel restrictions.
World leading low-cost carrier AirAsia has temporarily suspended all international flights for operations in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
AirAsia Malaysia has also temporarily suspended all its international and domestic flights from March 28 to April 21 while national carrier Malaysia Airlines has significantly reduced its overall network.