Langkawi set for growth with AirAsia's announcement of third direct international connectivity to Shenzhen, China

BackMar 22, 2017

Langkawi is set to grow its tourist arrival numbers as AirAsia announced Shenzhen as its next international route to be operated from Langkawi Island. This marks AirAsia's third international connectivity into Langkawi after Singapore and Guangzhou. 

Malaysia's Minister of Transport, Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai was present to witness the announcement of this new direct flight, which was made by Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2017.

Aireen Omar said, "We announced Langkawi as our international hub two years ago during the last LIMA, and we are proud to announce another international direct connectivity that will further grow Langkawi's position as a premier holiday destination in the region. AirAsia has always been committed towards expanding the markets that we operate in, and Langkawi is no exception. The number of passengers flown year on year into Langkawi has also increased by 30% from 2015 to year 2016." 

"There is so much potential for Langkawi, and we know that with the resources that we are putting in such as marketing initiatives, we can expand the market demand for Langkawi from Shenzhen. AirAsia looks forward to working with all parties, especially from the tourism industry on both ends to ensure that we optimize on this new route," added Aireen Omar. 

"I would like to congratulate AirAsia and happy to witness their growth. I applaud AirAsia's efforts to further develop Langkawi by expanding their network from this island," said Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport of Malaysia

Langkawi was AirAsia's first route to be operated in 2001 and it currently serves 5 routes from the island of Langkawi with 106 weekly flights to two international destinations (Singapore and Guangzhou), and 3 domestic flights (Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru).  

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