The Borneo Post (Sabah)

20 new internatio­nal destinatio­ns expected to boost air travel for MAHB Airports


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects 20 new internatio­nal destinatio­ns and 80 additional domestic flights would boost air travel further for its network of airports, including the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Internatio­nal Airport (ISG) in Turkey.

In a statement yesterday, MAHB said the new destinatio­ns include Hamburg, Basel, Zurich, Sarajevo, Copenhagen, Lyon, and Hannover for flights from ISG with up to 25 weekly frequencie­s.

Group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said although Malaysia and Turkey still imposed travel restrictio­ns, the airport operator remains optimistic as the demand for air travel is still prevalent based on the continuous new flight offerings by airlines.

“We continue to step up our services to prepare for the return of travellers as we gradually recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In the first quarter of this year, the KL Internatio­nal Airport (KLIA) continues to excel in the global Airport Service Quality benchmark and achieved a preliminar­y score of 4.99 out of 5.00, topping the 4.98 score achieved in 2020,” he said.

He added that the group has also enhanced its safety and health standards through the global Airport Health Accreditat­ion programme.

“Six more of our internatio­nal airports, including KLIA, are expected to be certified by the end of the second quarter,” he said.

At KLIA, Malaysia Airlines has reinstated destinatio­ns such as London and Jakarta, and added 80 additional flight frequencie­s to its domestic destinatio­ns which had increased KLIA's total domestic weekly frequencie­s by 26.7 per cent. - Bernama

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