KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian and international airlines are upbeat about air travel recovery sooner rather than later, with Malaysia Airlines expecting the move to allow travel bubble starting with Langkawi this month to kick-start a full recovery of the domestic market by the year-end.

Malaysia Airlines said about 75 per cent capacity of pre-Covid-19 level would likely return once the interstate travel was allowed to resume for all fully-vaccinated passengers.

“Since the government announced the relaxation of the travel restriction, coupled with the latest milestones by Malaysia Airlines where all of our operating pilots and cabin crew are now vaccinated, we expect the demand to improve gradually,” its spokesperson told the New Straits Times (NST) recently.

The government had introduced the travel bubble initiative starting with Langkawi on September 16. This would serve as a benchmark for the reopening of more tourist destinations in the country.Read more