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8 November 2009

Malaysia flag-carrier urged to pick up Scandinavians

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Malaysia Airlines has been urged to use London as a pick-up point for Scandinavian tourists to fly to Malaysia, local business daily the StarBiz reported.

Malaysian Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen said those from Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen would be able to get their connection flights to Kuala Lumpur in London.

“There are now no direct flights from these cities to Malaysia.

“Scandinavian travellers have to fly to Bangkok or Singapore before catching a flight to Malaysia,” she told Malaysian journalists after launching MAS’ new Golden Lounge at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Four yesterday.

Dr Ng said she received positive response about the “London connection” from tour operators during a week-long tourism mission to three Scandinavian countries.

Yesterday’s ceremony also marked the launch of MAS operations in the £810 million (4.53 billion ringgit) newly refurbished terminal. MAS had operated for 35 years from Terminal Three until October 29.

MAS flight MH3 carrying 317 passengers was given a symbolic send-off when it left for Kuala Lumpur at 10.50am.

The launch of the new lounge heralds a new era of exclusive comfort for the airline’s first and business class passengers as well as its Enrich platinum and gold members. MAS operates 11 golden lounges worldwide within and beyond Malaysia including in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore and Sydney.

Dr Ng described the lounge as an outlet to showcase Malaysian hospitality, an innate quality that was true of all Malaysians to customers worldwide. The airline is the fourth after Etihad Airways, Jet Airways and Gulf Air to shift to the terminal, which handles more than 17 million passengers annually.

A total of 43 airlines are expected to operate from the terminal by end of next year.


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