Xpress Air Makes LTAM As Transit Point For Umrah Flights
December 23, 2017 23:01 PM
MELAKA, Dec 23 (Bernama) -- An Indonesian airline, Xpress Air has chosen Melaka International Airport (LTAM) in Batu Berendam as a special transit point for pilgrims leaving for the holy land.
Melaka Transport and Project Rehabilitation and International Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong today said a Boeing 737-300 plane from Palembang, Indonesia had landed at LTAM here today.
He said the plane carrying 126 pilgrims on their way to perform umrah used LTAM as transit before departing for Makkah.
"Xpress Air is planning to use LTAM transit to carry passengers from Palembang four times a month starting next year.
"I understand that Xpress Air has chosen LTAM transit not only for passengers from Palembang but also from Jambi, Padang and Pekanbaru," he told reporters here today.
Meanwhile, Xpress Air's commercial director, Swandono Poernomo said this was the airline's first special umrah flight and they had chosen LTAM as transit because apart from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, LTAM had great potential.
"There is tremendous opportunity in the umrah industry as the number of passengers increases every year," he said adding that passengers were always looking for alternatives and LTAM was found to be a suitable transit point.