AirAsia eyes resumption of Philippine domestic flights on May 1


Posted at Apr 17 2020 05:25 PM

MANILA - AirAsia said Friday domestic flights in the Philippines may resume on May 1 subject to government approval after the coronavirus pandemic put a strain on the global aviation industry.

Domestic flights in other countries where it operates including Malaysia, Thailand, India and Indonesia are also set to resume pending government approval, AirAsia said in a statement.

Local flights per jurisdiction are open for booking through its website and mobile app, the carrier said, adding that passengers could now redeem credits to book flights.

“We are very pleased to be able to fly again and to serve our guests starting with domestic routes, and hope to resume full operations as soon as possible," AirAsia Group president Bo Lingam said.

Further details on route opening and flight schedules will be announced in the coming weeks, AirAsia said. Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be implemented, it said.

Airlines in the Philippines earlier suspended flights following the announcement of an enhanced community quarantine that restricted land, air and sea travel to and from the island of Luzon.