SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines is reinstating some of its international flights from April to May for those who were not able to return to their loved ones due to travel restrictions in many parts of the world.
The national carrier’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Captain Izham Ismail said many customers from Malaysians to foreigners had reached out to their global offices requesting for flights mostly between Kuala Lumpur and Australia, KL - New Zealand as well KL - London.
“Being a network carrier, Malaysia Airlines is able to maintain connectivity and bring our customers direct or closest to their intended destination. And being Malaysia’s national carrier, it is our duty to ensure accessibility for Malaysia domestically and internationally during these difficult times,” he said in a statement, here, today.
Izham said since the enactment of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines has had to reduce the frequency of its domestic flights.
It is running at minimum mostly to facilitate essential travels and cargo movement.
“Together with our sister airlines under the Malaysia Aviation Group, we support the Health Ministry (MoH) with dedicated belly space across our domestic and international network and on MABkargo's global freighter network for the transport of medical devices and supplies.
“Most recently we transported two tonnes of face masks and personal protection equipment from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu as well as 300,000 pieces of disposable masks, 50,000 pieces of protection suit and 8000 pieces of protection suit with eye mask courtesy of the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation from Shanghai to Kuala Lumpur," added Izham.
He said that in the next few days, MABkargo will be flying in more than 10 million pieces of masks and ventilators from Shanghai and Guangzhou.
This is made possible by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), the Transport Ministry and, Pharmaniaga Berhad, he informed.
He added that domestically, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and MASwings will facilitate movement of goods as well as medical staff across Peninsular Malaysia, crossing between the peninsula to Sabah and Sarawak, as well as within the two East Malaysian states.
“The three airlines have also positioned standby aircraft at Subang Airport, KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) and KKIA (Kota Kinabalu International Airport) to initiate rapid mobilisation of medical staff and professionals as well as other (non-Covid-19) patients to support MoH's capacity/resource management efforts across Malaysia."
Meanwhile, on the reinstated flights, it is as follows:
Kuala Lumpur - Auckland (MH145) - departure dates on April 3, 5, 10, 12,19, 26 as well as on May 3, 10,17. The returning Auckland - Kuala Lumpur (MH144) flight will take place on April 4, 6, 11, 13, 20, 27 as well as May 4, 11, 18.
Bookings on the Malaysia Airlines website for the flights will open from March 31, onwards.
Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne (MH149) - departure dates: April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 7, 13, 14. The returning Melbourne - Kuala Lumpur (MH148) flight will take-off on April 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 23, 30.
Kuala Lumpur - Sydney (MH123) - departure dates: April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28 as well as on May 5, 6,12, 13. The returning Sydney - Kuala Lumpur (MH122) flight will take-off on April 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 ,29.
The third Australian destination will see the Kuala Lumpur – Perth flight MH 126 depart on April 6, 13, 20, 27 and on May 4, 11, whereas the Perth - Kuala Lumpur returning flight MH127 will depart on April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12.
The Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur - Sydney as well as the return flights from the two Australian destinations on April 1, 2 and 3 are bookable from March 30, with the rest of the flights bookable from March 31 onwards.
The Indonesia sector will see the Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta flight MH720 depart on April - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, whereas the Jakarta - Kuala Lumpu
r returning MH721 flight will take place on April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14.
The China sector will see the Kuala Lumpur - Guangzhou flight MH376 depart on April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 11, with the returning Guangzhou - Kuala Lumpur flight MH37, taking-off on April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11.
The Jakarta and Guangzhou flights are available for booking on the Malaysia Airlines website from March 30, onwards.
Passengers looking for flights to return home on Malaysia Airlines may book their tickets on Malaysia Airlines’ official website at https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en.html or via the Malaysia Airlines’ app with some departure dates available for booking from 30 March onwards.
Source: New Straits Time