For Visit Malaysia 2020, MAHB is on a campaign to attract more airlines into the country. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group CEO Raja Azmi Nazuddin said the company was now aiming to draw nine new airlines to its airports, not naming any of the airlines.
He said that MAHB was encouraged as Air Busan, Batik Air, Air Arabia, Scoot, Qatar Airways, and Royal Brunei had begun landing in Malaysia.
“These airlines came in a very big way,” he said. “The frequency of their flights ranges from three times a week to daily.
“There is a lot of interest in Malaysia, not just for tourism but also for business, education, and health.
“We are delighted to have facilitated this increase in air traffic to the country through our various efforts.”
Talking about the new routes, he said, Indigo, Citilink, AirAsia Thailand and Philippines Airlines have started and the increase in flight frequencies from India, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. He said Indigo alone is flying into Sepang 21 times a week.
He said that the company has already spent a lot to help in the VM2020 campaign, stating they have “poured in millions”. He added that RM5 million had been set aside for the campaign to promote Langkawi as a tourist destination. The amount will be made available to marketing companies, airlines, tour operators, travel agents.
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