Charter flights to boost tourism

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 11 Sep 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Charter flights, viewed as a test run for future scheduled flights, are being introduced to boost tourist arrivals, especially from China.  

Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said these flights would help bring in tourists, particularly where there were no direct flights to certain destinations. 

“Charter flights are necessary as they are not only a good short-term measure to bring in tourists but also help to reduce the cost factor and make tour packages more competitive,'' he said after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Henan Tourism Group and Yangtze Cruise & Tour Sdn Bhd at Legend Hotel here yesterday. 

The agreement will see the introduction of 25 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) charter flights between Kuala Lumpur and Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, beginning next year. 

SIGNED AND SEALED:Wong (right)exchanging copies of the MoU with a representative ofthe Henan Tourism Group,as (from left)Fu,MAS general manager (sales)Datuk RashidKhan and Henan Province vice-governor Jia Lian Chao look on,in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Yangtze Cruise & Tour executive director Danny Wong said the flights would commence during the Chinese New Year period and were expected to depart from Kuala Lumpur with full passenger loads.  

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