[Reuters]AirAsia planes are seen on the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang
[Reuters]AirAsia planes are seen on the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang

Malaysia’s low-cost carrier AirAsia announced on Thursday it will ground most of its fleet across the network after the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation led to extensive border restrictions.

It will also evaluate the situation closely to be prepared to restart flights as soon as the situation improves and subject to regulatory approvals, the airline said in a statement.

The decision extends to the airline’s short haul regional affiliations in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and India as well as its medium and long haul service AirAsia X Malaysia and AirAsia X Thailand.

“We believe this temporary fleet hibernation is the right thing to do to ensure the wellbeing of our guests and employees, which will remain as the top priority of our business during this challenging time.”

“With governments imposing travel and movement restrictions including home quarantine orders, AirAsia is also playing its part in helping curb the spread of the virus in order to keep flying safe for everyone,” it said.

Previously Malaysia Airlines, the country’s national carrier, said it would significantly reduce its overall network following travel restrictions to India, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Saudi Arabia, and have cancelled more than 4,000 flights. Enditem

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