The Malaysian low-cost carrier is once again serving one of its most important international routes.
Following the decision by the Malaysian and Singaporean governments to roll out a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme for essential and official travelers this week, AirAsia has finally resumed passenger services between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The first outbound flight took off yesterday at 11:50 local time for Changi, before returning to KLIA2 at 2:35 p.m.
In a statement, AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said, “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.”
AirAsia says it will “continue to review the suitability of introducing more frequencies between the two countries.” A cursory search via the AirAsia website suggests that flights on the route have almost sold out or are largely unavailable for the next two weeks. Schedules from September 1 show five return flights a day, with the earliest departure from Kuala Lumpur at 7:30 a.m., and the first AirAsia flight set to leave Singapore Changi Airport at 9:10 a.m.
Under the newly implemented RGL, no more than 400 travelers per week will be able to visit Malaysia for up to 14 days. Singapore residents must be sponsored by either a company or government agency in Malaysia, which will apply for a spot via the MyTravelPass application at least 10 working days before arrival. Upon check-in at the airport, AirAsia is advising customers to present all necessary documentation, including a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from one of 16 accredited medical clinics in Singapore, conducted within 72 hours of departure; a valid visa if required; and a letter of invitation issued by the Malaysian government allowing essential business or official travel under the RGL. Travelers are also required to install, register, and activate the MySejahtera contact-tracing app before entering Malaysia.
From just RM 16.50 (S$5.40), AirAsia passengers traveling on flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur can add on Tune Protect travel insurance. The extended Covid-19 coverage includes benefits such as a daily hospital allowance of up to RM 6,000 (roughly S$1,957).
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