Malaysia welcomed 55 new int’l flight routes this year — tourism minister

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By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 13: Malaysia received a total of 55 flights involving new international routes this year, Parliament was informed.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) Dato Sri Tiong King Sing said these routes include those from Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) to Kuala Lumpur, Sabiha Gokcen (Turkey) to Kuala Lumpur, and Batam to Kuala Lumpur, as reported by TVS.


Additionally, he said it also involves charter flights such as Nanjing-Tawau, Chengdu-Langkawi, Chengdu-Kota Kinabalu, and Chongqing-Langkawi.

“Sichuan Airlines will commence daily flights from Chengdu to Kuala Lumpur, and China Eastern Airline will operate from Shenzhen to Kuala Lumpur starting April 2024.

“Air Asia will also initiate direct flights from Xi’an to Kuala Lumpur, potentially boosting Muslim-friendly tourism,” he stated during his ministerial winding-up session in Parliament today.

Tiong emphasised that Shanghai Airlines is planning to add five new routes, namely Wuhan-Kuala Lumpur, Kunming-Kuala Lumpur, Nanjing- Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai-Penang, and Shanghai-Tawau, which are expected to commence in June 2024.

Regarding the depreciation of the ringgit’s value, Tiong highlighted it as an opportunity for Motac to collaborate closely with local tourism industry stakeholders to position Malaysia as a competitive and value-for-money tourist destination for foreign visitors. — DayakDaily