German airline returns for summer season

TOURISM Malaysia and Malaysia Airports signed a memorandum of joint collaboration (MoJC) with Condor Airlines in their continuous effort to support the airline’s Frankfurt-Kuala Lumpur flight operations for the summer 2019 season.

The MoJC, signed by Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Musa Yusof, Malaysia Airports Airline Marketing general manager Mohamed Sallauddin Mohamed Shah and for Condor Airlines, was witnessed by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.

This development follows the success of a similar initiative undertaken for the winter 2018 season by all three parties.

The first three months of the winter campaign saw Condor Airlines plying the Frankfurt-Kuala Lumpur route with more than 90% load factor.

The Minister said, “We are pleased with the success of the first partnership with Condor Airlines in 2018. It helped us gain stronger footing in the German market, resulting in a 17.1% growth in German tourist arrivals to Malaysia last year.”

“We hope to continue strengthening our market presence here with this Condor Airlines and Malaysia Airports partnership especially as we build up towards Visit Malaysia 2020.”

Mohamed Sallauddin said, “Since starting its operations in November 2018, Condor Airlines has carried more than 16,000 passengers into KLIA.

“Malaysia has often been Germany’s primary trading partner among Asean countries, with the continuation from winter to summer schedule, we strongly believe that this will enable both countries to further strengthen both the tourism and economy sectors.”

He said the Condor Airlines presence into Malaysia was made possible with the joint collaboration between Malaysia Airports and Tourism Malaysia, under the Joint International Tourism Development Programme (JITDP), which benefited 20 main projects for short and long-haul markets.

“I hope to see more beneficiaries take up the opportunity in using the JITDP fund to promote tourist arrivals into Malaysia,” he said.

For the summer 2019 season, Condor Airlines will commence a twice-weekly service from May 2 to Oct 31, operating a fleet of B767-300 with a configuration of 235 seats, totaling 25,000 seats for the duration of the campaign.

With the scheduled flight by Condor Airlines, along with other strategic collaborations and promotions in the market, Tourism Malaysia is eyeing German arrivals to rise to 147,000 in 2019.

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