Wednesday, 3 July 2019

More West Asian tourists expected to visit Malaysia this year

SEPANG, July 3 (Bernama) -- Malaysia eyes 337,100 tourists from the West Asia region this year as Air Arabia launches daily flight services between the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Sharjah and Kuala Lumpur.

Welcoming the budget carrier's inaugural flight at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here today, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said the West Asia market had always been an important market for Malaysia.

A total of 315,937 tourists from West Asian countries visited Malaysia last year, he said.

Mohamaddin said the establishment of Air Arabia’s Sharjah-Kuala Lumpur route would help to boost the number of tourists from Sharjah as well as from Iraq, Egypt and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) markets.

“I look forward to seeing the tour and travel industry operators in West Asia and Malaysia take advantage of this new flight connection to develop attractive tourism packages to promote the flow of tourists between the two regions,” he said.

The seven-hour flight, which operates daily with a load factor of 215 seats, is the first direct flight by a low-cost carrier connecting Malaysia with the GCC region.

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa's low-cost carrier, operates its brand new fleet of Airbus A321 LR Neo to Kuala Lumpur and currently serves over 170 international and domestic routes from its hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt.

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