18 April 2020
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Mohd Ismail Sabri Yaakob said airlines still needed to get approval from the government before resuming operations.
This was with regard to airlines selling tickets for the post Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
“You can sell the tickets but the government will decide when flight operations will be allowed to resume, which would be based on the Health Ministry’s advice,” Ismail Sabri said in his daily press briefing, here, today.
“For instance, even if the MCO ends as scheduled, there will be certain SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) introduced by the government. Don’t expect to go back to the way things were before Covid-19. There will be new SOPs for everyone to follow, so we can continue to be safe, after achieving zero Covid-19 positive cases.
“If they (airline companies) still go on selling tickets, and (later) do not have the approval to operate (flights), they should not blame anyone,” he added.
On domestic flights within the Peninsula, operating from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the minister said no such flights would be allowed to operate with the exception to Sabah and Sarawak.
As was announced previously by the Transport Ministry, he said flights to Sabah and Sarawak would operate once a week, and passengers will have to undergo the two week mandatory quarantine.
He said the other airport allowed to operate is the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport which has seen Firefly flights operating. On Friday, 479 passengers had traveled through the airport.