IPOH: China’s National Month celebration in October is among the reasons for the delay of the inaugural chartered flight service from the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here to Guangzhou.
Perak Tourism Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said the celebration would see the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at its full capacity and congested, complicating the flight service there by Scanda Sky.
“I was informed that the service will now start in the first week of November, after the consideration of certain commercial aspects.
“The airline company is now finalising the details for the service, and still awaiting final confirmation from the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
It was reported earlier this year that the flight would begin in the first quarter of the year.
“Technical issues” then saw it being delayed to October, as remarked by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu after witnessing the memorandum of understanding signing between Scanda Sky and Malaysia Airlines Bhd’s special charter service Amal in May.
The service is slated to run three times a week. A Boeing 737, with a capacity for 150 to 180 passengers, is reported to be the aircraft to be used for the service.
Tan said the flight schedule and ticket prices would be announced on its official website mid-October.
“We want to record our fullest appreciation to the company for being committed to making this flight a reality, ” he said.
“We hope the flight will boost the economy in Perak, especially in the tourism sector, ” he said.
Meanwhile, Perak MCA Bahasa Malaysia bureau chairman Cally Ting said the reason given did not make sense as China’s National Day Golden Week was only over seven days, from Oct 1 and 7.
“The seven-day public holiday is not something new. How can Tan not be informed of this?” she
asked, urging Tan to clarify the matter on behalf of the state government.
Ting also urged the state to relook the airline company’s background, saying that it did not have any track record in the airline industry.
“I’ve tried searching for the airline company on Google but found nothing on it, ” she said.