Syazwani Hj Rosli
With the current travel restrictions from several governments in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the demand for air travel across the world has declined significantly.
Yesterday, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) announced that it would be operating a revised and substantially reduced flying programme across April and May.
According to the RB press release, a new temporary flying programme will operate until 11.59pm on May 31, directly connecting Brunei to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Manila only. This retains vital connectivity for services, supplies and the small number of passengers who must and are able to travel into other destinations.
Brunei to Kuala Lumpur Flight BI873 and Kuala Lumpur to Brunei Flight BI874 will only operate today for April, and will be reduced to one flight per week every Wednesday for May.
Brunei to Hong Kong Flight BI635 and Hong Kong to Brunei Flight BI636 will be operating twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in April and May.
Brunei to Manila Flights BI683 and BI685 will be operating once a week on Wednesday and Friday, for April and May. Meanwhile, Manila to Brunei Flights BI684 and BI686 will also be conducted once a week on Wednesday and Friday.
Brunei to Melbourne Flight BI005 will operate twice a week on Monday and Thursday, whereas Melbourne to Brunei Flight BI006 will be held twice a week on Tuesday and Friday, for April and May. Brunei to Singapore Flight BI423 will operate twice a week on Wednesday and Friday, with Singapore to Brunei Flight BI424 also operating twice weekly on Wednesday and Friday.
All other flights not mentioned in the press release will not operate during April and May 2020.
The suspension of RB Link flights to Borneo destinations in partnership with Malindo Air will remain in place until November 30. The suspension will be reviewed regularly, in line with the demand for international air travel and government directives in place then.
Passengers on affected flights will be contacted by the RB Customer Service Centre in the coming days, for alternative flight arrangements. Those about to travel in the next 72 hours and in need of urgent booking may submit a request form for RB staff to process their requests.