Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Direct flights: Penang in talks with AirAsia

GEORGE TOWN: Penang is in talks with AirAsia to introduce direct flights from the island to Jakarta, China, India and Europe.

State Tourism Development Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow met the airline’s management recently and discussed the possibility of the direct flights.

"They (AirAsia) have promised to look into our request. We hope to have some favourable response from them soon," he told the New Straits Times.

Teng said Penang was interested in such flights as that was what the travel trade industry was looking at.

"There is potential for tourism growth," he said, adding that over 15 per cent of tourist arrivals in Penang were from the four areas.

State Tourism Action Council member Looi Swee Cheang will lead a group of journalists and travel agents on a three-day visit to Sarawak today in conjunction with AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Penang to Kuching.

Source : NST
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