Malaysian Air­lines kicks start its op­er­a­tion in Pak­istan

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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.

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