AirAsia Indonesia resumes flights as businesses gradually pick up

AirAsia Indonesia was back to serving passengers under health protocols on Friday (June 19) as the country's business activities have gradually restarted, the carrier said in a statement in Jakarta.

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The flight resumption is gradual, starting with Friday's flights serving international and domestic routes, comprising those from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia, North Sumatra province's capital of Medan to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta to Bali's Denpasar and Jakarta to Medan.

"Now we are focusing on the gradual recovery of all flight networks along with monitoring the development of the situation related with the COVID-19 pandemic," AirAsia Indonesia's President Director Veranita Yosephine Sinaga said in a statement.

The flight resumption came after the government eased restrictions on air travels earlier this month to ramp up the virus pandemic-dashed airline industry along with the gradual reopening of the economy.

Under the relaxed rules, planes are allowed to carry passengers with a maximum of 70 percent to 100 percent of their seat capacities, according to the Transport Ministry.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit hard the tourism sector, plunging the number of foreign tourist arrivals for 86 percent to 160,000 people in April, according to data from the National Agency of Statistics.

Indonesia has gradually restarted business activities under tight health protocols to avert further risks of the pandemic on the economy which has stretched deep albeit the virus infection rate remains afloat as of late.

The Health Ministry reported on Friday that the virus has killed 2,373 people across the vast archipelagic nation and infected 43,803 others.