AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines merger an option as COVID-19 batters industry

AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines merger an option as COVID-19 batters industry

Ground crew work among Malaysia Airlines planes on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/Files

Merging money-losing state carrier Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) with budget airline AirAsia Group Bhd is one of the options to “save” them as the COVID-19 crisis batters the industry, Malaysia’s second-most senior minister told Reuters on Friday.

The pandemic that has killed at least 143,744 people around the world has led to lockdowns in many countries, brought air travel to a virtual halt and left airlines battling for survival.

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