Thursday, December 21, 2006

MAS - Don’t Cut Flights to Langkawi

LANGKAWI: Malaysia Airlines has been urged to review its plan to reduce Penang-Langkawi flights in view of Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor called on MAS not to cut down the number of flights if demand was still there. He also called on the Transport Ministry to look into the matter.

He said this when asked to comment on MAS’ plan to reduce its Penang-Langkawi flights from seven a week to five starting on Jan 2.

A MAS spokesman said the flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays would be cancelled.
Tengku Adnan said Langkawi had recorded 26,000 flight arrivals in the first 10 months of the year.

“MAS comes in 40 times a week while AirAsia has 35 flights weekly. Silk Air has seven flights a week,” he told newsmen before opening the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa in Kuah on Tuesday night.

“From Jan 6 next year, Thai AirAsia will begin direct Bangkok-Langkawi flights three times a week.”

Tengku Adnan also said the ministry had set up a centre to keep the media informed on tourism matters.

“I hope the media will help Malaysia achieve its aim to be an exciting, value-for-money travel destination for local and foreign holidaymakers,” he said.

Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa general manager Wolfgang Boettcher said about RM20mil had been spent on renovating the hotel.

Source : STAR
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