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PM Najib Launches Airasia New Direct Route From Langkawi To Shenzen
August 20, 2017 08:50 AM
LANGKAWI, Aug 19 (Bernama) --Prime Minister DatukSeri NajibTun Razaktoday officiatedatthe launchof AirAsia new direct route from Langkawi to Shenzen, China that will enableLangkawito be further developed as a world-class tourist destination.

The ceremony was held at Lang MerahComplex here and was also attended byDeputy Transport Minister Datuk Abd Aziz Kaprawi and group chief excecutive of AirAsiagroup, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

The thriceweekly route, which commenced onAug 9, is poised to further boost tourism in Langkawi, in line with the LangkawiDevelopment Authority\'s (LADA) mission to tap into new foreign markets.

AirAsia has seven destinations from Langkawi,with four domestic routes, namelyKuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru and Kuching as well as three international routes -Singapore, Guangzhouand Shenzen.

Meanwhile, Tony in his speech, expressed his appreciation of Najib's leadership in reducing the airport tax.

"Today we see that through the value of his (Najib) brave leadership, direct international tourists have increased from 87,754 passengers in 2015 to 187,433 passengers last year, an increase of 120 per cent," he said.

The number, he said, represented a contribution of RM300 milion to the country\'s gross domestic product based on the 12 times multiplier effect, in which2016 was the first year withthe figures for the international tourists havingoutnumbered domestic tourists.

"We are driven by this and already this year we have flown over one million tourists to Langkawithrough our 238 weekly flights from Langkawi," he said.


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