Langkawi comes alive as tourists return

LANGKAWI: The domestic tourism sector on this duty-free island, which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, is finally coming alive with more flights arriving at the Langkawi International Airport (LIA) each day.

Langkawi Development Authority chief executive officer Dr Ahmad Hezri Adnan said this meant more tourists were flying in, thus giving a huge boost to tourism operators on the island.

“A total of 27 flights arrived at the LIA yesterday (Friday), with 23 more today (yesterday).

“We were informed that hotel bookings around the island have been encouraging and, if it stays that way, we can achieve the target of 250,000 tourist arrivals this month, ” he said.

He told reporters this after welcoming the inaugural AirAsia AK6289 flight from Kota Baru, Kelantan, which touched down on the island at 1.15pm yesterday.

It is learned that since Dec 17, the LIA has been handling more than 20 flight arrivals per day from KLIA2, Senai International Airport, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport and Penang International Airport, with the trend expected to continue until the end of the month.

On the Kota Baru-Langkawi route, Hezri said AirAsia was scheduled to operate three flights per week beginning yesterday.

He added that AirAsia would operate its Ipoh-Langkawi route on Wednesday. — Bernama

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