Malaysia based low-cost airline AirAsia has been forced to ground almost 90% of its fleet due to the continuing Covid-19 outbreaks throughout the region reports Travel Daily Media.
Main picture AirAsia plane on the runway credit Kentaro IEMOTO on flickr
Malaysia itself continues to be the airlines largest market. The country re-entered a full lockdown on 1st June, initially for two weeks although has now been extended further until at least 28th June.
It is hoped that demand could start to recover from August, with all domestic airports returning to its schedule by October.
The airlines hopes that the gradual reopening of some international borders from July will help to increase demand. A return to pre-pandemic passenger numbers is not expected until late 2022 however.
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