Malaysia Airlines' first flight to Krabi was welcomed at the Thai airport on 3 February with a banner, and by the Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Krabi Office, Wiyada Srirangkul (centre). The service will operate four times weekly and compete with AirAsia's twice-daily service. (Photo: Phuket Gazette)
- Malaysia Airlines on 3 February began flights between its main hub at Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Krabi (KBV) in Thailand. The 650-kilometre route will be served four times weekly by the airline's 737-800s and will compete head-on with AirAsia's twice-daily flights. According to Malaysia Airlines' Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, "Malaysia Airlines is excited to expand its network by introducing Krabi as its latest destination. Krabi is a popular holiday spot and a favourite amongst Malaysians, therefore we are pleased to offer our guests the opportunity to visit Krabi via Malaysia Airlines." According to the airline, Krabi, the gem of the Andaman Sea, is abundant with picturesque landscapes, stunning limestone cliffs, beautiful beaches, refreshing waterfalls, breathtaking inland and sea caves and riveting underwater. Krabi is home to several National Parks with over 130 surrounding islands such as Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.