Malaysia Airlines Adds New China Routes & Destinations
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, announced in Beijing today that the airline will serve 8 new destinations and 11 new routes with 35 additional frequencies between Malaysia and China beginning in early 2017. This is a very welcoming announcement on top of over RM140 billions of 14 business to business Memorandums of Understanding and agreements signed.
Malaysia Airlines’ CEO Peter Bellew said, “Malaysia Airlines plans to triple our Chinese business over the next five years. I see potential for direct flights to 20 Chinese cities from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching by 2019. We have huge confidence in China. The improved connectivity will foster deeper business links between the two nations. Malaysians relish the business opportunities and tourism experience in China. The Chinese tourist market to Malaysia is growing rapidly due to the shared food, language and cultural connections.
In addition to this initial growth, we will promote tourism in Malaysia and China through seasonal or ad-hoc services to key leisure markets such as Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Six of our new Chinese cities have never been served directly by a Malaysian Airline,” he added.
Malaysia Airlines will be flying to the following destinations in China in the first half of 2017:
|New Routes||Kuala Lumpur||Haikou||Dec-16||2|
|Existing Routes||Kuala Lumpur||Shanghai*||Apr-17||Increase from 7x to 14x weekly|
|Kuala Lumpur||Hong Kong||Jan-17||Upgauge of MH 72/73 to A330|
*Subject to slot availability.
The airline will also add a second daily flight between Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai subject to slots in April 2017. This follows the airline’s recent announcement on the service upgrade to its morning Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong sector from the Boeing 737 to the Airbus 330.
With the new routes and additional frequencies, this will definitely increase the tourist arrival from China. For the past couple of years, the Chinese tourists arrivals have increased double to triple digits annual in many ASEAN countries especially Thailand. With the extension of Chinese tourists visa-free entry into Malaysia extended until end of 2017, this will encourage them to visit Malaysia. Hopefully, this will bring more revenue to our local tourism industry.