People are beginning to get their confidence back in travel and China tourists will be the first to travel again, as the country is almost being cleared of the pandemic, says AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
The Chinese tourists are important as they make up the largest number of tourists travelling worldwide before the pandemic.
“I foresee Chinese tourists flying to Malaysia too. Travellers will prefer shorter flights of about four hours as a start.
“AirAsia will benefit because there are many direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chinese cities, ” he said in an online interview during the Global Tourism Economy Forum 2020 in Macau yesterday.
The likes of China, Thailand and Malaysia were seeing a strong demand for domestic travel, he said.
“We think Asia will be in the lead for borders reopening.
“I think in June of next year, we will begin to see more international travel. By February of next year, we will see domestic travel returning to pre-Covid levels, ” he added.
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