Saturday, March 10, 2007

MAS still keen on South Asia despite dropping routes

KUCHING: Malaysia Airlines will remain committed to its business in South Asia despite cutting two routes last year.

MAS stopped flying to Kolkata and Ahmedabad in India last year.

MAS commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said the airline would focus on increasing its presence in South Asia, which is considered a high-growth market.

“It was with much difficulty that we undertook the withdrawal from Kolkata and Ahmedabad under the first phase of our network rationalisation last year,” he said during the MAS South Asia Top Travel Agent Awards gala here on Thursday night.

He added that for now, MAS would continue to operate 43 weekly flights through nine gateways out of South Asia.

These include daily flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Dhaka while Bangalore, Hyderabad, Colombo, Male and Karachi are served thrice a week.

He also said most of the enhancement initiatives, such as in food and beverages in MAS flights, were carried out in the last few months.

State Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh, who was the guest of honour at the gala, said Sarawak had only recently realised the huge tourism potential of South Asia.

“Traditionally, Sarawak has focused more on Europe and our closer neighbours, but it’s never too late to work together with you in tourism,” he told the travel agents.

Some 62 travel agents from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka attended the gala night.

Source : STAR
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