Hasbi: Airline industry may take years to fully recover


Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN

THE airline industry may need three years to recover completely from the impact of Covid-19, says Hasbi Habibollah.

The Deputy Transport Minister said the pandemic has affected the country’s aviation industry as both full-service and low-cost carriers were impacted.

“Statistics have shown a downward trend in the demand for domestic and international travels starting from March 1 this year.

“The demand has dropped

from 280,321 passengers a day in January to 59,378 passengers a day in September this year, ” he said in his reply to Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (BN-Padang Terap).Based on the outlook for passenger traffic this year, the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MavCom) expected a drop of between 26.6 million and 29.7 million or between 72.8% and 75.6%, according to Hasbi.

Last year, the passenger traffic was at 109.2 million.

Hasbi also said the ministry has provided some measures to help the aviation industry which included the agreement for Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad to reduce their landing and parking charges through a contra mechanism.

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