AirAsia has launched flights between Penang and Melaka,
Melaka is AirAsia’s sixth domestic
destination and 14th route from its Penang hub.
The popular low cost airline now flies
from Penang to Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Kota
Kinabalu, Kuching, Singapore, Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Hanoi, Ho
Chi Minh (Saigon), Bangkok and Phuket.
Melaka Chief Minister, YAB Tuan Adly bin Zahari
said, “We are very happy to welcome AirAsia to Melaka. We applaud
AirAsia’s effort in launching this new route, which coincides with
Visit Melaka Year 2019 (VMY2019). Melaka received 17.02 million
tourists in 2018, with 33.41% of them comprising foreign tourists.
This year, our target is to hit 20 million tourists. Under the
VMY2019 initiative, we’ve introduced a variety of attractive
accommodation packages and interesting activities to cater to more
international and local tourists. We look forward to welcome more
visitors to Melaka through AirAsia’s network.”
AirAsia will operate the new route with Airbus
AirAsia Flight AK 6284 is scheduled to depart Penang International Airport at 13:20 and
land at Melaka International Airport at 14:25. The return flight,
AK 6285, is timed to leave Melaka at 14:50 and arrive back in
Penang at 16:00.
AirAsia Malaysia CEO, Riad Asmat, said, “This is a
proud day for AirAsia and the people of two UNESCO world heritage
sites and cities - Penang and Melaka. The new route not only
provides a boost to local tourism, but also contributes to
long-lasting economic growth for the two cities. Our unrivalled
connectivity opens up new flying options for the people of Melaka,
particularly for those looking to travel to East Malaysia or
onwards to other Asean destinations. We wish to thank the state
government and all our partners for their support in making this
route possible, and look forward to exploring more opportunities
to further grow our presence in Melaka.”