Wednesday, June 06, 2007

MAS to have more flights to China

With the increasing number of Chinese tourists, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has been urged to fully utilise its landing rights in China.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said there were more than 90 flights between the two countries per week at the moment and the Government expected the number to increase to 100 by the end of the year.

Under Malaysia's aviation agreement with China, carriers from both countries could have 150 flights per week.

“Under the agreement, there is no limitation to the destinations and aircraft types that travel between the two countries,” Chan said at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between MAS and Yangtze Cruise & Tour Sdn Bhd here yesterday.

“I firmly believe that we should operate more flights to China and we hope that MAS, which is currently undergoing the consolidating process, can come back strong in the Chinese market after turning around,” he added.

Chan said the tourism industry would be affected if there were a shortage of flights.

“It will enhance the development of trade and the tourism industry if the

number of destinations and flights between the two countries can be increased,” he added.

At the ceremony, MAS and Yangtze Cruise & Tour renewed their decade-long partnership to operate 29 chartered flights between Kuala Lumpur and 10 cities in China as well as Pyongyang in North Korea from August to December.

MAS Haj and Charter Department head Capt Nik Huzlan and Yangtze Cruise & Tour group executive chairman Tan Han Soong signed the MoU on behalf of the organisations.

MAS chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid said the charter market was important to the carrier in more ways than one and that the airline also valued mass market movements such as the haj and the tourist market.

Source : STAR
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