Low-cost airline Air Asia indicated to Macau News Agency (MNA) that it has already suspended all flights to/from Macau and is closely monitoring this situation to announce further policies.
This decision was moved by the worsening of the Covid-19 health crisis and countries have adopted strict measures to slow the spread of the pandemic, including by imposing extensive and increasing travel restrictions.
“AirAsia is now offering extended flexibility options for all existing flight bookings made on or before March 22 with departure date between March 23 and April 30. Eligible guests can now select Unlimited Flight Change or Credit Account,” the company stated.
Clients can change to any new travel date before October 31, 2020 on the same route any time up to 48 hours before flight departure an unlimited amount of times without any additional cost subject to seat availability.
Customers can also choose to retain the value of the flight booking in the guest’s AirAsia BIG Member account for future travel with AirAsia to be redeemed within 365 calendar days from the issuance date.
This option excludes Thailand domestic flight bookings operated by Thai AirAsia.
Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. has indicated to MNA previously that only 20 airline routes are currently operating through the Macau International Airport.
The available routes include three airlines operating flights to Beijing, Chengdu, Jinjiang, Nanning, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Taiyuan, Xiamen, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Bangkok and Singapore.
Yesterday several stricter restrictions for entry in the city were announced by Chief executive Ho Iat Seng in order to stem the increase in imported cases.
On the same day tourism authorities noted that until restrictions imposed by Hong Kong authorities last, local residents will not be able to go and board airplanes in the airport in the neighbouring SAR.
After an initial 10 Covid-19 cases – now all discharged – and 40 days without cases, Macau reported 20 new cases in the last 10 days, all imported.