Add route, upgrade LTAL will raise up tourism in Langkawi

By Adha Ghazali dan Petah Wazzan Iskandar

ALOR SETAR: The Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) plans to increase the number of direct flights to Langkawi to increase the number of tourists.

The State Education, Transport and Agencies Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain said LADA has negotiated with seven international airlines as the Langkawi International Airport (LTAL) has only two international direct flights from Singapore and Guangzhou, China.

He said the companies involved were Scoot Airlines (Singapore), Happy Air (Thailand), Tuifly Airlines (Germany), Finnair (Finland), Air India (India), Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines (United Arab Emirates).

"AirAsia also added routes from Shenzen (China) to Langkawi three times a week starting Thursday.

"Langkawi-Kuching's direct flights are four times a week," he said.

He said this in reply to an additional question from Nor Saidi Nanyan (BN - Kuah) at the Kedah State Legislative Assembly (DUN) here today.

Tajul Urus said that as of July 31, scheduled flights to Langkawi are 278 flights involving Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo Air, Tiger Air, Firefly and China Southern Airlines.

"Special charter flights to Langkawi increased from 24 in 2013 to 77 last year, while this year until July 31, Langkawi received a total of 23 charter flights," he said.

On the LTAL enlargement project involving a total cost of RM89 million, Tajul Urus said the upgrading work involved a 10-month tenor through two phases with the project commencing on September 1.

"The first phase involves parking expansion taking less than two months from September 1, followed by the second phase of enlarging the arrival hall, toilets, commercial terminals, surau and vehicle routes to the main terminal.

"The project (Phase 2) will start on October 15 until August 31 next year," he said.

Answering additional questions from Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (PPBM-Ayer Hitam), Tajul Urus denied the government set aside the comfort of tourists to Langkawi which entered the island via passengers jetty.

"In March, the government had approved a RM280 million allocation to renovate and upgrade passenger jetties in Kuala Kedah along with cargo jetty to address congestion issues.

"In addition, the Marine Department of Malaysia has also approved licenses for companies operating boats and executive ferries," he said.

Last Updated: Thursday, 16 July 2020 - 10:05am