With airlines around the world looking to kick-start their business back, many are beginning to offer limited flights to countries easing their borders. Taking advantage of Malaysia’s controlled situation of the pandemic, British Airways has announced its resumption of flights back to Kuala Lumpur.
The airlines first cut-of all flights back in April before grounding its planes in UK.
As of now, the airline will resume four flights a week from Kuala Lumpur, this is to give the many British and travellers a convenient flying options for those who want to travel direct to the UK or Europe.
However only customers who are cleared from Covid 19 will allowed to the board the planes, Moran Birger, Head of Sales, Asia Pacific and the Middle East at British Airways, said: “After a long period of uncertainty caused by the global pandemic, we are glad to be able to offer four flights a week from Kuala Lumpur to London Heathrow, UK. We know many of our customers in Malaysia have been waiting to be reunited with their loved ones or to travel for business and these flights will give them the opportunity to do that.”
The group chief executive officer (CEO) of Malaysia Airports, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said, “To date, we have around 33 airlines that are operating in KL International Airport (IATA Code: KUL). British Airways will be the third airline offering the Europe flight route. Malaysia Airports is glad that more international airlines are resuming their flight operations at KUL. We will continue to do our best in ensuring a safe airport experience for our passengers. We remain strictly guided by the International Air Transport Association and Airports Council International as well as the local authorities on all health and security protocols.”
In response to Covid-19, British Airways has in place various processes that will be strcitly adhered to at all times. These include:
- checking-in online, downloading their boarding pass and where possible self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate
- observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers that are placed throughout airports
- wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights
- asking customers not to travel if they think they have any symptoms of Covid-19
- cabin crew wearing PPE and a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers
- Asking customers to ensure they have everything they need from their hand luggage before departure, and where possible, storing their carry-on bag under the seat in front of them
The airline is cleaning all key surfaces including seats, screens, seat buckles and tray tables after every flight and each aircraft is completely cleaned from nose to tail every day. The air on all British Airways flights is fully recycled once every two to three minutes through HEPA filters, which remove microscopic bacteria and virus clusters with over 99.9% efficiency, equivalent to hospital operating theatre standards.