AirAsia chartered flight carries stranded passengers from 10 different countries

About 60 nationals from Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Africa, Korea, Kazakhstan, India, Turkey, Mainland China and Japan who had been stranded due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic today (Thursday) boarded a special AirAsia chartered flight between Macau and Malaysia.

The flight was organised by the Consulate General of Malaysia in Hong Kong and Macau to repatriate Malaysian citizens in Macau, however, it ended up carrying passengers from other nationalities wanting to transit in Kuala Lumpur.

A total of 12 passengers were on board the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau, while 47 passengers flew on the return flight from Macau to Kuala Lumpur.

“Travels may be restricted now, but with the vaccination program underway, better testing, and globally recognized digital health passports, we all can look forward to flying our guests to their destinations with confidence and peace of mind in the very near future,” AirAsia Hong Kong & Macao CEO, Celia Lao, said in the announcement.

A similar chartered flight on January 12 – the first organised by the Malaysian consulate – carried 53 Malaysian nationals who either been laid off or seen wage reductions back to the country.

The number of Malaysian non-resident workers in the SAR has decreased by 27 per cent year-on-year to 883 as of February of this year.