AirAsia resumes Penang-East Malaysia route to boost economic growth and tourism

By TIN Media | Airlines Published 2 weeks ago on 1 April 2024
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AirAsia marks the return of flights between Penang, Kuching, and Kota Kinabalu today, underscoring its dedication to the East Malaysia market. Nurul Ain Mohammed Yunus, Director of Tourism Malaysia Sarawak, joined the airline in welcoming flight AK5432 from Penang to Kuching, which boasted over 80% capacity, indicating strong potential for growth on these routes. The aircraft received a festive water salute upon landing.

Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group, Bo Lingam said: “We are proud to strengthen our connectivity within Malaysia and at the same time boost our East Malaysian hubs. As a homegrown airline, this route resumption reflects our commitment to expanding connectivity in Malaysia. By reintroducing this route, we aim to cater to the increasing demand for travel between Penang and East Malaysia while further supporting economic growth and tourism development in the country. We look forward to welcoming more guests on board as we continue to expand our domestic network in the future.”

Director of Tourism Malaysia Sarawak, Nurul Ain Mohammed Yunus said: “This service resumption marks a significant milestone in fostering tourism between Penang and Sarawak. By bolstering connectivity between these routes, we anticipate a substantial positive impact on Sarawak’s tourism growth. Leveraging on the diverse travellers from Penang, we aim to showcase Sarawak’s rich cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, and unique experiences. This renewed connectivity opens up exciting opportunities to attract more visitors and further enhance Sarawak’s position as a premier tourism destination in Malaysia.”


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