The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) estimated that the number of flight passengers had decreased by -72.8% to -75.6% this year, following the impact of Covid-19.
Based on the projected Malaysian passenger traffic scenario this year, the percentage would see a decrease in passengers to between 26.6 million and 29.7 million, compared with 109.2 million passengers last year.
Airline companies are expected to take three years to fully recover from the impact of the pandemic but this would depend on the Covid-19 situation within and outside the country.
In preparation for the opening of the air transport sector, the government through the Economic Stimulus Package has agreed, among others, that Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) will reduce aircraft landing and parking fees through negotiation and pricing mechanisms.
Apart from reducing landing and parking charges, the ministry had listed several recommendations to the Economic Advisory Council to address - the problem of unemployment among airline workers and in assisting airline companies.