Beijing-based tour operator China Youth Travel Service has suspended its cooperation with Malaysia Airlines. One of the biggest tour operators in the country said that it will cancel current flight arrangements with the carrier.
The travel service company released a statement, which said, “Considering the fact that a succession of accidents have involved Malaysia Airlines recently, and that Chinese tourists have concerns over the carrier’s safety record, we must fulfill our responsibility of ensuring the security of our fellow citizens”. The statement went on to say that new bookings will also be suspended until further notice.
Moreover, the agency promised a full refund to consumers who want to cancel their trips which would have used the ill-fated Malaysian carrier. China International Travel Service Head Office – which is another large travel agency in the country – has seen a significant decline in consumers who are signing up for tours to Malaysia.
The Malaysian flight MH370 carrying a large number of Chinese tourists between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing has been missing for about three weeks now. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak announced on March 24, 2014 that the aircraft might have crashed into the Indian Ocean and that there are no survivors. The announcement angered relatives of the missing passengers, who staged protests on the streets.
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