PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) deployed two rescue flights on Wednesday (March 25) to bring back Malaysians stranded in Cambodia and Bangladesh.
Both countries had imposed strict travel restrictions to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak locally.
Flight MH763 from Phnom Penh arrived in KLIA on Wednesday at 9.05pm, carrying 150 passengers.
The flight was sponsored by T7 Global Bhd in collaboration with Wisma Putra.
Separately, flight MH197 from Dhaka arrived in KLIA at 5.55am Thursday (March 26), ferrying 225 Malaysians.
The flight, sponsored by MIC, include passengers who are students and Malaysian Field Hospital staff in Cox’s Bazar.
All repatriated citizens were put on mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days as mandated by the Health Ministry.
Malaysia Airlines group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said that despite the many restrictions imposed by countries worldwide, the national carrier had a duty to serve its nation and fellow citizens.
He said they have been working with Wisma Putra and respective Malaysian high commissions and embassies abroad to facilitate these rescue flights.
"We are especially grateful for the organisations that have come forward to assist this mission," Izham said.
He also paid tribute to T7 Global and MIC, and hoped many more corporate bodies would come forward to assist a large number of Malaysians, especially students, abroad.
“As the national carrier and flag-bearer of the nation, Malaysia Airlines stands ready to collaborate with the various ministries and organisations who are actively involved in helping our Malaysians looking to come home in this worldwide emergency.
“At present, Malaysia Airlines is still maintaining its domestic operations mostly to facilitate essential movement such as delivering much-needed medical supplies and mails, as well as ensuring global supply chains are maintained for the most time-sensitive materials including food.
"Both our domestic and international operations are currently running at minimum level, ” added Izham.