Jetstar Asia suspends services for three weeks amid COVID-19 travel curbs

Jetstar Asia suspends services for three weeks amid COVID-19 travel curbs

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Jetstar Airways aeroplanes at Changi Airport in Singapore. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Budget airline Jetstar Asia said on Tuesday (Mar 17) it would suspend all services for three weeks from Mar 23 to Apr 15,and ask its staff to take leave during the period.

This means all of its 18 Airbus A320 aircraft will be grounded, said a spokeswoman.

"The decision is in response to factors beyond our control including a rapid decline in forward travel demand due to government containment measures, corporate travel bans and a general pullback from everyday activities across the community," she added.

Their staff will be asked to take paid and unpaid leave during this time, and the airline will be cancelling annual bonuses and the annual wage supplement.

All Jetstar Asia passengers with existing bookings from Mar 15 to Apr 30 will be offered a refund in the form of a travel credit voucher.

It urged customers to manage their bookings online and not to call as its contact centre due to the high volume of calls and long wait times.

Airlines around the world have made drastic cuts to their flying schedules, shed jobs and sought government aid after the new restrictions.

Jetstar's parent company Qantas Airways Ltd said on Tuesday it would cut its international capacity by around 90 per cent until at least the end of May.

Singapore Airlines also said that it will be halving its flight capacity.

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Source: Reuters/hm

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