Malaysia Airlines receives approval to land in Yangon

Malaysia has obtained regulatory approval for a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) relief flight to land in Yangon to fly Malaysian nationals back to Kuala Lumpur, according to a statement by the Embassy of Malaysia in Yangon today (March 30).

The first relief flight is scheduled to depart from Yangon International Airport on March 31 at 1125 hours and is already full with 160 passengers. MAS will consider a second relief flight if there are a minimum of 111 passengers on board.

All airfares are to be borne by the passengers. All Malaysian citizens will be subject to a 14-day self quarantine under the ongoing Movement Control Order imposed by the Malaysian government, which has been extended to April 14.

Zahairi Baharim, the Malaysian ambassador to Myanmar, is also in discussions with Myanmar Airways International (MAI) to operate the second flight, subject to approval from the Department of Civil Aviation. The minimum passenger load for the MAI flight is now 120-130.

There are also plans to include two-way cargo shipments of equipment to aid in the fight against COVID-19 in both nations.

MAI on March 29 announced that it will no longer be able to accommodate any inbound passengers, including Myanmar citizens stranded abroad effective 11:59pm March 30 until 11:59pm April 13.

On the same day, the government announced that it will no longer allow the landing of all international commercial passenger flights in all Myanmar airports to prevent the importation of COVID-19 via air travel.

These temporary measures will be effective at 11:59pm March 30 until 11:59pm April 13.

This story has been updated. The minimum passenger load for the MAI flight is now 120-130 and not 80.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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