Malaysia Airlines officials have announced that “family assistance centers,” the hotels where families of Flight 370 passengers have been staying, will be closed effective May 7. Families were told to go home to await further news of the search for the plane. Officials also stated that the families would soon be receiving advanced payments of their compensation packages.
“Instead of staying in hotels, the families of MH370 are advised to receive information updates on the progress of the search and investigation and other support by Malaysia Airlines within the comfort of their own homes, with the support and care of their families and friends,” read the Malaysia Airlines statement.
According to Christian Today, the announcement comes in the wake of the incident last week in which 10 Malaysia Airlines employees were held against their will at Beijing’s Lido Hotel. Family members were upset when a member of the government did not attend a scheduled meeting.
The compensation package amount that relatives will receive is unknown.
Publication date: May 1, 2014