Reopening borders: A momentous occasion for country, says Aviation Group

PETALING JAYA: The reopening of the nation’s borders signifies a momentous occasion in the nation’s long withstanding battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, says the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG).

Its Group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said the achievement was testament to the concerted efforts and dedication shown by the government, frontliners and the public to come together for the greater good of all.

“Through this, we are looking to achieve approximately 70% of our pre-Covid capacity by the end of 2022.

“MAG will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities to reinstate flights that have been temporarily suspended, while also increasing frequency to key markets in efforts to facilitate connectivity,” he said, adding that MAG anticipated a pent-up demand from both inbound and outbound travellers.

Captain Izham added that MAG appreciated the decision to simplify the standard operating procedures to ensure travellers entering Malaysia could do so seamlessly.

“As an aviation player and travel service provider, we will continue playing our role to support Malaysia’s ‘Reopening Safely’ efforts while remaining vigilant to ensure the safety of our patrons.

“We look forward to welcoming travellers to experience inimitable Malaysian hospitality once again,” he said.

On Tuesday (March 8), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Malaysia would begin transitioning into the endemic phase starting April 1.

As a part of the government’s ‘Reopening Safely’ plan, he added that Malaysia will reopen its borders to international travellers from April 1 as well.

Visitors and Malaysians who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer have to quarantine when they arrive.

They must, however, undergo a RT-PCR test two days before departure and a professional rapid test (RTK-Antigen) upon arrival.