Tourism boost for Penang


Passengers of the maiden flight from Shenzhen Airlines to Penang posing with a kompang troupe after arrival. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

THE Experience Penang 2020 campaign was given a boost with direct flights from Shenzhen, China, by Shenzhen Airlines.

The inaugural flight from the fifth largest carrier in China landed at Penang International Airport with 153 passengers.

The plane was welcomed with a water salute to mark the special event.

The new route offers weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Shenzhen Airlines customer management centre director Zhang Yu said the direct flights would further promote business and tourism on both sides.

“We have 220 aircraft plying nearly 300 routes with 80,000 passengers per day.

“The first flight from Shenzhen to Malaysia was the Shenzhen-Kuala Lumpur flight some time ago, ” said Zhang in his speech at a reception to mark the inaugural flight on Wednesday.

Penang tourism, development, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said he was happy that direct connectivity between Shenzhen and Penang had been realised.

“We plan to capitalise on the direct flights by exchanging strategic ideas to boost the tourism markets of Penang and Shenzhen, ” he said.

Chinese consul-general to Penang Lu Shiwei said travellers had been looking forward to the direct flights.

Present at the ceremony were Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan, Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association national president Datuk Albert Tan, Malaysia Airports airlines marketing senior manager Zainuddin Mohamed and Pos Aviation line station head Danny Ng.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Metro News

Three markets in KL close for sanitisation exercise
MCA: Allow retailers to reopen as more get vaccinated
New vaccination centre in Puchong a boost for Selangor’s efforts
Durian picked up from orchards daily
Growing concern over illegal stalls
Kinta factory operators unsuccessful in getting aid
Organise vaccination for staff, oil and gas companies told
Sungai Masai in need of flood mitigation measures
Varsities turn their halls into vaccination centres
20,000 to benefit from food aid

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers