Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) subsidiary MASwings has announced that it will gradually revert from its current schedule of reduced frequencies and temporary suspended flights back to a normal schedule, as per the Public Services Obligation (PSO) Agreement. This follows the implementation of the recovery movement control order (RMCO), which replaces the conditional MCO (CMCO).
The reinstatement of the normal schedule will be carried out over four phases, starting from 10 June 2020 to 27 March 2021:
- First stage (ongoing): Until 30 June
- Second phase: 1 to 31 July
- Third phase: 1 August to 26 October
- Fourth phase: 27 October 2020 to 27 March 2021
According to MASwings, the decision to implement a gradual reinstatement is due to the lack of significant growth in air travel demand within East Malaysia despite the relaxed travel restrictions during the RMCO.
“Nevertheless, looking at the forward bookings in hand over the next six months and in anticipation of greater passenger movement as more businesses and tourism-related industry start operations, MASwings has decided to reinstate its flight frequencies gradually over four phases,” said the flight operator.
MASwings’ planned schedules for the whole of Sabah and Sarawak are cleared and supported by the Transport Ministry. However, the flight operator said that it is also ready to review its plans from time to time to meet the demands of its customers.
During the MCO that began in March, MAS had grounded most of their fleets and temporarily suspended flights, including MASwings. Subsequently in April, the national carrier agreed to resume flight services between East and West Malaysia. This saw MASwings getting back in service to provide connecting flights between Miri and Bintulu, Kuching and Sibu, and Sibu and Bintulu.
To find out the latest updates on MASwings’ flight schedules, head on over to its website.