Sunday, October 28, 2007

Travel Agents welcome Air Asia's flight to Singapore

Malaysian travel agents have welcomed the Government’s move to allow AirAsia to operate low-cost shuttle flights from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) deputy president Datuk Mohd Khalid Harun said the move was received favourably by both travel agents and passengers who anticipate a price war.

“It’s good for all of us as there could be more tourists flocking here and the airlines would compete among each other,” he said after attending the fifth Asia-Pacific eco-tourism conference here yesterday.

The sector had been a duopoly between MAS and Singapore Airlines (SIA) since 1982.

Mohd Khalid said the low-cost carrier terminal in Sepang would also benefit from the move as more passengers would use its facilities for connecting flights to other destinations.

“It’s a win-win situation for all of us and Matta welcomes the decision by the Government,” he said.

Mohd Khalid said Matta also supported the call by the Tourism Ministry to establish a Malaysian Eco-Tourism Association to promote holidaying packages locally.

Source : STAR
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