Mhz From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2002, 92 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1270 times:
Here is an excerpt from Malaysia Business
Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd general manager Hamid Ali said since the KLIA’s “Integrated for Ease” campaign was launched in April, five new international foreign airlines have operated into Kuala Lumpur.
In addition, nine existing international foreign airlines have increased their frequencies into KLIA, some from four times a week to daily.
“It doesn’t matter whether these foreign airlines are major carriers or not, as long as they are ferrying foreign passengers to Kuala Lumpur. These foreign passengers are the ones who are bringing in the yield,” he said.
He said at least two more foreign airlines are expected to fly into KLIA next year, but declined to name them.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1228 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1119 times:
This is very good news, as KLIA is an under-utilized airport. Anyone know what the five new airlines are that have started services to KUL? I read a while back that Xiamen Airlines was going to start flights to KUL 2x weekly with the 752 from Fuzhou. Have such plans materialised?
I also remember reading last year that ANA will resume flights to KUL. What's the latest on that?
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1083 times:
I would seriously give Australian Airlines a shot. They had announced that they plan to serve Kuala Lumpur (KUL) from their second hub in a Southern Australian city. Initially, they plan to fly into KUL on January 2003, but guess that had been heldback, given the situation in the South-East Asia region. There might be a slight chance that Qantas might actually return to KUL. The traffic between Malaysia and Australia is growing and there is definitely room for Qantas, or even BA to operate a KUL-Australia flights. The Malaysian government is also holding intensive talks with Lufthansa, BA and Qantas on the possibility of these 3 airlines to return to KUL.
I think SAS Scandinavian might be one of the carriers that are planning to fly into KUL as well. There are a lot of tourist traffic between Scandinavia and Malaysia. Currently, they have 3 weekly flights to Bangkok with a long layover time, which is sufficient for them to make a service to Kuala Lumpur. However, they could do a BKK-HKG run instead of a BKK-KUL though.
Egyptair was supposed to fly into KUL on August 2002, but they changed their plan later. They were supposed to fly CAI-KUL-SYD, but I guess the Malaysian government did not give fifth freedom rights to Egyptair. Plus, if I am not mistaken, Egyptair actually suspended their services to both Singapore and Sydney, so that might be another reason why Egyptair did not inaugurate services into KUL.
Air Macau recently inaugurated scheduled flights into KUL, flying twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays. Previously, they used to operate chartered flights into KUL.
SAA will probably not fly into KUL in the near future. If they do, I think it will probably operated as a code-share operations with MAS. They recently pulled out from Singapore and they only operate into Hong Kong and Bangkok now.
Xiamen Airways inaugurated services into KUL earlier this year with twice weekly flights to Fuzhou. ANA suspended its services in January 2002 and was expected to resume its flight operations in March 2003 when the summer schedules begins but they decided to suspend KUL in the end.
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
Oh, some airlines just came across my mind.
I think Philipphines Airlines or Cebu Pacific might worth a shot of flying into KUL as well. I am pretty suprised that neither China Eastern or Air China have direct flights into KUL seeing that the number of Chinese tourist to Malaysia is increasing!
Same goes for Asiana as well. Korean Air recently doubled their frequency and MAS is adding 2 flights into Seoul, making a daily service to Seoul. In addition to that, MAS is going to operate B744 for the busy Christmas season.
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 10 Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1026 times:
The reason there isnt as many Chinese carriers in KUL than in SIN or BKK is simple. Chinese tourists to Thailand needs no visa and to Singapore is easy as well. But when they come to Malaysia, they need visa... and the procedure is like "this, then that then this ohh and that too", if you know what I mean..
Its a total hassle... Malaysians were said of giving landing visa but it requires a stop in Singaproe or Thailand???? It seems like Malaysian government is trying to 'stop' them from coming in, in a way...
I heard some ppl say that they were treated badly by local officers at airports. Why can't they just like 'open' the visa thing between two countries? So malaysians need no visa to China and vice versa. That sure would lure much more tourists... Looking at Arabs in Malaysia? They don't need any visa and there are numbers of them at Kuala Lumpur..
Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 35 Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 984 times:
Well, no wonder people reported that they were treated badly by local officers at airport. One at immigration I just have seen how an officer was talking to people from Bangladesh and he wasn't very friendly at all, just like commanding them around and telling them what to do like they where animals.
Well, the reason why Chinese need a visa could be the same as for a lot of other countries, Malaysia doesn't want them staying in Msia for ever. Arabs come, spend their money and go back.
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Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 10 Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 972 times:
Umm Swissgabe, then sure Thailand doesn't want the Chinese to stay for too long as well... But look at Bangkok, lots of Chinese tourists, spend their money and go back as well, and lots of men buying 'services'.... I am sure Thailand makes a lot of Chinese tourists.... and they rely on tourism to 'build' their country... Look at the coming Christmas season, Bangkok's hotels are pretty much full and lots of them are waitlisting... and I managed to get two rooms because I booked early... Look at KL for December, JW Marriot for RM160 walk in rate including breakfast?!?! Althought they are full over the Chinese New Year period, but over Christmas, they are still pretty much half filled....