AirAsia resumed its Kuala Lumpur to Singapore flights on Monday (17 Aug), allowing cross-border travel for essential and official travellers after the implementation of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme by both countries.
AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said that both countries have taken great efforts and stringent procedures to curb the spread of COVID-19, adding that the RGL is a first step towards revitalising the economy, especially for those who have essential travel needs between both countries.
“We look forward to seeing more ‘travel bubbles’ and ‘green lanes’ formed between countries with low infection rates or active cases, and proven pandemic curbing systems to facilitate the need for air travel.
“At the same time, we urge all guests to adhere to the required regulations and follow the safety measures for a safe flying journey,” he said in a statement on Monday.
AirAsia will continue to monitor the situation and assess the suitability of having more flights between the two countries.
The flight departed from KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2) on Monday at 11.50am to Changi International Airport, and returned to KLIA2 at 2.35pm.
“AirAsia would like to remind guests of travel requirements set by both countries under the RGL scheme, all inbound and outbound travellers for essential business and official travel between Malaysia and Singapore via the RGL are required to check their eligibility and travel requirements before their scheduled departure,” added Mr Riad.
In a press statement on Monday (3 Aug), AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said that the airline is thoroughly committed towards resuming air connectivity and thus reviving economic activities in the region.
He went on to say, “Both countries have performed exceptionally well in keeping the spread of COVID-19 in check especially amongst the local populations. Both the Governments and the people of Malaysia and Singapore deserve a pat on the back for their relentless efforts and strict discipline in breaking the COVID-19 chain.
“The RGL might only be the first step but certainly is most important as both countries start to revive the economy. We look forward to the formation of more ‘travel bubbles’ and ‘green lanes’ between countries with low infection rates or active cases, and proven pandemic curbing systems.”