There were celebrations in Johor Bahru to mark AirAsia’s inaugural flight arrivals from Kolkata and Macau on 28 November. Marking the occasion were (fifth from left): Zamani Bin Mohd Rafique, Director of Government Relations, AirAsia; Abdul Malik bin Hj Ismail, Director of Tourism Johor; YB Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee Chairman; Md Derick Basir, CEO of Senai Airport Terminal Services; and Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial, AirAsia.
- AirAsia commenced operations on new links from Johor Bahru (JHB) to Kolkata (CCU) and Macau (MFM) on 28 November. The 2,855-kilometre Johor Bahru-Kolkata service will operate five times weekly, while the 2,517-kilometre Macau sector will be a daily operation. Both routes will be served by the LCC’s A320s and neither faces any direct competition. These are the fourth and fifth new routes launched by AirAsia from Johor Bahru in 2017, with the airline having already added services to Jakarta, and two domestic Malaysian links to Kuala Terengganu and Langkawi. “AirAsia is pleased to connect more international cities into Johor Bahru and increase the number of existing direct flights to further boost foreign tourist arrivals into the southern state of Malaysia, in line with our long-term plan to grow the hub and the state government’s plan of improving direct connectivity,” explained Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial, AirAsia. Derick Basir, CEO of Senai Airport Terminal Services said: “We have been working closely with AirAsia for quite some time to develop these two new routes for Senai Airport. We are very pleased and excited that it has finally materialised. The direct connectivity between the two cities and Johor Bahru will be good for Johor and Iskandar Malaysia, since it will further spur economic and tourism activities in the state. We are also expecting to capture more travellers from mainland China and Hong Kong through Macau, as well as to tap the travellers from other metropolitan cities in India, Bangladesh and Nepal by linking to Kolkata.”