A Malaysia Airlines news source has responded to a statement from the airline’s chief executive that Malaysia Airlines’ announcement of a suspension of all flights from the country was “a deliberate attempt by the airline to distract attention from the disaster”.
The statement issued by Malaysian Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said on Friday that he would hold a news conference at 4:00am AEDT (21:00 GMT) on Monday to discuss the airline “due to the unprecedented situation that has engulfed the country”.
Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauni Yahya is seen at a news briefing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, on Friday, May 14, 2020.
Malaysian Airlines’ statement says that the company will be working with the authorities to make sure the airline continues operations until it is safe to do so.
The statement adds that the airline will not be offering refunds or discounts on flights until it has resumed normal operations.
The Malaysian government has launched a search and rescue operation after more than 300 people were reported missing in Malaysia’s worst natural disaster in decades, after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER was hijacked on Friday.
More than 200 people are still missing after the plane was hijacked by a group of men in Malaysia, with dozens of others still missing.
Malay Airlines has been struggling to explain how it lost control of the plane on Friday night and is now operating under a state of emergency.
It has suspended flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and other major cities for the next few days, and the airline has begun selling flights in its international hub at Kuala Lumpar International Airport.
In a statement on Saturday, Malaysian Airlines said it had suspended all flights to Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, and Beijing from Malaysia, the rest of Southeast Asia and Singapore.
Malaysians have been mourning for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash, which killed 202 people and left 239 missing.