MAG adds 248 flights by March 2024 to meet festive season travel demand

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) is adding 248 flights in its domestic and international network to meet travel demands through to March 2024.

In a statement, MAG said the additional frequencies are offered on both Malaysia Airlines and Firefly, departing from KL International Airport Terminal 1, Subang Airport and Penang International Airport.

MAG chief commercial officer of airlines, Dersenish Aresandiran, said the group is anticipating a surge in travel demand.

“The substantial increase in flight frequencies represents the airline's strategic approach to meeting the expanding requirements of travellers, offering them a wider range of travel dates for added flexibility and convenience.

“We urge travellers to plan and secure their seats early to ensure a seamless and enjoyable travel experience, particularly during peak travel seasons, including Christmas, Year-End and Chinese New Year celebrations.”

MAG added that Malaysia Airlines and Firefly are ramping up extra flights during the peak periods in December to meet heightened travel demands, including during the Christmas period.

“For domestic travel starting December, Malaysia Airlines will increase flights from its main hub in Kuala Lumpur to Sibu from 10 times to 12 times weekly; Tawau from 10 times to 16 times weekly and to Kuching from 54 times to 57 times weekly.

“Additionally, Firefly flights from Penang to Kota Kinabalu will increase from 14 times to 15 times weekly; to Langkawi from 10 times to 11 times weekly and from Subang to Langkawi from 12 times to 13 times weekly.”

Meanwhile, international flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, Australia will increase from 14 times to 18 times weekly; Melbourne from 14 times to 17 times weekly; Amritsar from two times to four times weekly. Cochin will be increased from six times to seven times weekly and Narita from 12 times to 14 times weekly.

For the Chinese New Year festive period, MAG said there will be an increase in the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore route by two times weekly, elevating the frequency from 56 times to 58 times, specifically from Feb 7 and 8, 2024.

“Meanwhile, additional frequencies to domestic routes will also be added to accommodate the festive celebration, with attractive one-way fares starting from RM109 within Peninsular Malaysia and from RM255 for Sabah and Sarawak routes.

“Malaysia Airlines’ will be increasing flights from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to key domestic destinations; with an increase of three times additional flights each to Kota Bharu and Alor Setar; eight times to Sandakan; nine times to Sibu; once to Tawau; and two times to Kuching.

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