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Pahang holds talks with Malaysia Airlines on introducing new routes

Publish date: Thu, 29 Feb 2024, 04:22 PM

KUANTAN: The Pahang government is holding talks with Malaysia Airlines on introducing new flights in and out of the state capital.

Malaysia Airlines operates the Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan route with two daily flights.

State Unity, Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Leong Yu Man said the talks explored the possibility of introducing new flights from Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport to other destinations.

"We are hoping for flights from other towns too, including reviving flights to Penang.

"There used to be flights connecting Kuantan and Penang."

On the possibility of increasing Singapore's Scoot Air's flight frequency between Changi Airport and Kuantan, Leong said there had been talks but nothing was official.

"Scoot operates the Singapore-Kuantan-Singapore route on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

"Passenger arrivals from Singapore have been encouraging, so we hope more flights will serve the route to boost tourist arrivals."

Scoot resumed flights to Kuantan in May after suspending operations for about a month for aircraft maintenance.

On the move by SKS Airways to suspend commercial flight operations between Subang and Tioman, Leong said the runway expansion work on the island was important to attract bigger aircraft to operate the route.

Since SKS Airways ceased operations between Subang and Tioman in October, the airport in Kampung Tekek is used by chartered and private aircrafts.

It was reported in December that the Pahang government had begun acquiring land to lengthen the airstrip in Tioman.

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