Smaller Southeast Asian carriers operate reduced flight schedules due to impact of coronavirus

Flightglobal has reported smaller Southeast Asian carriers are operating on reduced schedules, the news source said.

Vietnam Airlines´ domestic services are largely suspended until 15 April, except for five routes out of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This comes after the government issued a directive detailing measures to control the spread of coronavirus, which includes curtailing the number of flight operations.

Bangkok Airways is suspending all international flights until 24 October, and 10 domestic routes from April to October. It continues to operate seven domestic routes, either with reduced frequencies or by deploying the smaller ATR 72 turboprops.

Thai low-cost operator Nok Air has halted the three international routes , to Hiroshima, Ho Chi Minh City, and Yangon, but will maintain domestic flights according to demand.

Malaysia Airlines will reinstate select flights to Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, as well as Jakarta and Guangzhou between 1 April and 18 May. The airline reduced flights in mid-March due a partial lockdown in the country.

Indonesia´s Lion Air Group says services to the eastern Papua province are put on hold until 9 April, on orders by local airport authorities. Garuda Indonesia´s low-cost arm Citilink suspended 10 domestic and international routes, while reducing frequencies on four other routes.

Royal Brunei Airlines is operating on a limited basis, maintaining twice-weekly operations to Hong Kong, Manila, Melbourne and Singapore until 30 April.

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