AirAsia Group (AirAsia) has officially announced that it will be putting the majority of its carrier fleet into “temporary hibernation” due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Some of the suspensions were put into effect as early as 20 March and are expected to last approximately a month into April 2020.
The affected groups include AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Philippines, AirAsia Thailand, AirAsia Indonesia, and AirAsia India for all its short-haul flights. As for its medium and long-haul flight group, AirAsia X, the low-cost carrier brand will be suspending its AirAsia X Malaysia flights from 28 March until 31 May.
On another hand, the AirAsia X Thailand group was already being put into hibernation for a three-month period since 16 March. So, in general, you can’t really fly with AirAsia for a few weeks at least.
In light of the flight suspensions, AirAsia also says that several of its management and senior staff will be voluntarily taking a pay cut “ranging from 100% at the very top to 15%“. This was done in order to help the company to sustain itself during the Movement Control Order (MCO) while governments around the world have also close off their borders temporarily.