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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's state-owned carrier said it would merge the state-owned carrier Malaysia Airlines. Airlines (MAB) with private airline AirAsia Group Bhd (AIRA.KL) are an alternative to rescue them in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis hitting the industry. According to the Reuters news agency on the first day This is Mesa.

An epidemic that has killed at least 145,000 people around the world has put a strain on many countries. Air travel, some airlines have been suspended and some airlines are struggling to survive because the Kov 19 is attacking. Strong.

Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said talks will begin soon on the options. Much to help the country's aviation industry survive.

He said the merger between Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia-based private carrier AirAsia would operate in Malaysia. In many countries it has been considered since last year.

“That discussion took place last year, before the pandemic took place,” he said. But we need to continue the discussion. ” We have to see how we can help those airlines and it's not a simple answer, we have to sit down and talk about it How to solve these problems.

A Reuters reporter requested comment from representatives of the two airlines, but did not immediately respond Yet to this proposal.

The Malaysian government has been looking for a strategic partner for its national carrier, which has been trying to recover since two tragedies. In 2014, the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 and another shot down flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. .

Malaysia is currently in the middle of a country shutdown to fight the deadly Covid-19 virus Xi reported a total of 5,182 confirmed cases and 84 deaths.