Kuala Lumpur May 3 — Malaysia Airlines is only carrying cargo, not passengers, on its flights to and from India, transport minister Wee Ka Siong said today.

He was responding to allegations that flights from India were still being allowed in despite the National Security Council’s decision to suspend all movement of people between the two countries from April 28 over the Covid-19 situation in India.

Wee said only cargo flights were allowed and the MH-designated flight details which had gone viral on social media only involved the transportation of cargo.

“Flights on passenger aircraft are also empty of people and are used to carry freight comprising pharmaceutical goods, medical supplies, mobile phones, electrical components and courier packages.

“Converting passenger flights to cargo-only flights has been a practice for Malaysia Airlines for many months now due to the pandemic.”

Wee said non-Malaysian travellers from India were not allowed to enter or even transit, although exceptions would be made for Malaysian citizens transiting through from India.

“All crew remain on board. Malaysia Airlines is also restricting ground maintenance personnel in India from entering the relevant aircraft,” he said.

Since the prohibition came into force last Wednesday, netizens have been sharing details of flights departing KL International Airport (KLIA) for India and their return flight details, as shown on flight tracking websites.


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