MALACCA: Five more new air routes will debut from Malacca International Airport in Batu Berendam (LTAM) by the end of this year.
The new destinations are Guangzhou, China and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Surabaya, Medan and Palembang in Indonesia.
State Transport and Project Rehabilitation committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the state government was still sourcing for new routes within this region as part of the plan to expand the airport’s value.
“We are in the midst of discussing with China Southern Airlines to expedite the direct flight from Ghuangzou to LTAM using an Airbus A319 or A320 apart from Ho Chin Minh City to tap the growing number of Vietnamese tourists,” he said after the visit to LTAM to announce Malindo Air’s operation from LTAM during the Ramadan month on
Lim said the position of Malaysia as the chair nation of Asean is another factor for the state government to work on the possibilities of sealing direct flights form Malacca to historical sites like Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Borobodur (Indonesia) and Laos.
“Malacca is also a Unesco heritage zone and we are keen to link with other historic cities and package a tour for those history buffs through availbility of direct flights,” he said.
During the visit, Lim also announced that Malindo Air would only operate four times weekly between LTAM to routes like Penang, Kota Baru and Pekan Baru, Indonesia until July 10.
“After July 10, the flights to all these destinations will resume to the normal schedule,” he said.
Lim also revealed that the 52,891 air passengers were recorded using LTAM between November 5, 2014 to May 15, 2015.
“Our target is to witness a barometer of 100,000 passengers using the airport by end of this year,” he added.