Since the plane disappeared March 8, the airline has been putting the relatives up in hotels, where they've been briefed on the search. But the airline said in a statement Thursday the families should now receive the information from "the comfort of their own homes."
The airline said it would close its family assistance centers around the world by May 7, but will establish support centers in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. It said it would keep in close touch with the relatives through means including phone calls and meetings.
It said it would soon make advanced compensation payments to relatives.