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AirAsia Group CEO says airline on the mend with 60pc capacity on short-haul flights


Sept. 24, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Budget airlines like AirAsia appear to have the advantage over full service airlines in the Covid-19 era, especially on short-haul routes.
AirAsia Group chief executive Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said his airline is seeing 60 to 80 per cent capacity on domestic flights in Malaysia and in neighbouring Thailand.
“I can only speak from AirAsia’s perspective, I think business travel, intercontinental travel, first-class travel is going to take longer to rebound.
“But short-haul travel has been proven already with our domestic routes like in Thailand and Malaysia, we are at about 70 per cent load capacity.
“Thailand is about 80 per cent pre-Covid and Malaysia is about 60 per cent pre-Covid, that is my only yardstick,” he told reporters during a briefing on AirAsia’s launch of its digital platform, AirAsia Digital, at Nu Sentral here today.
Fernandes was asked his forecast for the airline industry in the current world economy that has been crippled by many countries closing off their borders to international travellers to contain the virus.
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