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Merger of AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines an option: Minister Azmin

Rescue plan under consideration as coronavirus batters airline industry

Airport staff works beside a Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Merging money-losing state carrier Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) with budget airline AirAsia Group is one of the options to "save" them as the COVID-19 crisis batters the industry, Malaysia's second-most senior minister told Reuters on Friday.

The pandemic that has killed at least 143,744 people around the world has led to lockdowns in many countries, brought air travel to a virtual halt and left airlines battling for survival.

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