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AirAsia has welcomed the government’s decision to allow the resumption of domestic travel under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), which begins on June 10.

The leading low-cost airline also lauded the authorities for their success in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The announcement on the RMCO was made by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday as part of efforts to revive Malaysia’s economy.

In recent weeks, AirAsia said countries around the world have begun resuming domestic travel and are gradually reopening international borders in recognition that air transport provides the connectivity that is essential for the resumption of economic activities.

“The formation and discussion of ‘travel bubbles’ and ‘green lanes’ with key economic partners with low infection rates and proven pandemic curbing systems, is a step in the right direction,” AirAsia said in a statement here, today.

It added that the aviation and tourism sectors account for around 4 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, of global GDP. Over 65 million jobs are supported worldwide in the aviation sector, while 1 in 10 jobs around the world is contributed by the tourism sector.

AirAsia added that aviation remains one of the safest modes of travel.

It said that according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), evidence suggests that the risk of Covid-19 transmission on board aircrafts is extremely low.

Aircraft are equipped with features that reduce the already-low risk of transmission on board, it said.

It added that passengers are seated facing forward, with the seatback serving as a solid barrier, while cabin air is fully filtered and renewed every 2-3 minutes through the hospital-grade HEPA filters, ensuring clean air. Coupled with a layered approach of biosafety measures covering the entire passenger journey, the risk of transmission on board is further minimised.

“At AirAsia, the health and wellbeing of our passengers remain our paramount concern.

“Besides complying with the advice and regulations from the government and health authorities, AirAsia has also implemented end-to-end contactless procedures and a series of new safety measures, as well as taking care of those most at risk to ensure the safety of all travelling guests,” it added.