Malaysian Airlines kicks start its operation in Pakistan
KARACHI: A Malayian Airline, Malindo Air started its operation in Pakistan with its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Lahore recently evening and the Rescue and Fire Services of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave it traditional welcome of the water cannon salute. Deputy Minister of Transportation Malaysia Datuk ab Aziz Kaprawi was among the first passengers of the said flight to Lahore along with CEO Malindo Airline, was officially received by Provincial minister Mr. Ch. Shafiq ur Rehman, Minister of Industries and Production Punjab and Mr Shakil Aftab Country Manager Malindo Air.
Talking to media on the occasion, the Minister said Malaysia is honored to continue the spirit and tradition of the close ties between Malaysia and Pakistan. ' We look forward to further strengthen our bilateral ties to fully harness the economic growth potential between our countries,' he added.
'We are happy to have tourist connectivity between Malaysia and Pakistan. Congratulations to Malindo Air. The minister said airlines without any doubt contribute greatly to the accelerated growth of a country's tourism. 'The very positive trend in tourism outlook between Malaysia and Pakistan is another reflection of our increasingly closer cooperation and solidarity that has been fostered over the years,' he added.
He added that tourism is a huge sector of the Malaysian economy. 'Total international tourist receipts for Malaysia increased by 3.9% to RM 60.6 billion ($19 billion) in 2014. Last year Malaysia recorded 60,000 tourist arrivals from Pakistan. Better accessibility, promotions offered by airlines and the wide coverage of Visit Malaysia Year contributed to the increase of tourist arrivals from these markets,' he added. On the occasion, CEO Malindo Air Chandran Rama Muthy said it gives him great pleasure to celebrate Malindo Air's inaugural flight. ' Our maiden flight arrived smoothly and on schedule, marking another historic milestone of Malindo Air,' he added.