Covid-19 travel restrictions cost Malaysia Airlines over 2,000 flights

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) says the Covid-19 outbreak which was recently classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization has forced national carrier Malaysia Airlines to cancel more than 2,000 flights up to April due to travel restrictions by destination countries.

In a statement, MAG which operates Malaysia Airlines Bhd also confirmed reports that it had asked employees to go on unpaid leave in the wake of the virus outbreak.

It said it had given its staff the option of voluntarily taking five days of unpaid leave per month for at least three months, resulting in 15 days of leave, or between one and three months beginning April.

The Edge earlier reported that the airline had asked its employees to take voluntary unpaid leave as it tries to cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.

The voluntary leave programme is also offered to other employees in MAG, including at MAB Kargo, MAB Engineering, Firefly, and MASwings.