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AirAsia, Lion Air resume Thai flights as coronavirus under control

Airlines to implement strict social-distancing rules on planes

An information board at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok shows cancelled domestic and international flights on April 17. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Some Southeast Asian airlines, including Thai AirAsia, will resume domestic flights as soon as this week after signs that local governments have managed to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Thailand and Malaysia will be following the lead of Vietnam in reopening domestic routes by the beginning of May, although at least one airline has said tickets would be more expensive than pre-pandemic levels to cover additional hygiene measures and more rigorous cleaning.

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