A total of 226 tourists from Almaty, Kazakhstan, arrived at Langkawi International Airport on a charter flight at 9.30 am on 27th December 2018, to begin their 9-day tour of Langkawi. They indulged in the island’s best experiences by visiting places of interest and savouring local delicacies.
The Kazakhstan-Langkawi charter flight service is a result of a collaboration between Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) with Kompas Tour Operator, one of the main tour operators in Central Asia. The collaboration sees a total of three charter flights operating between Almaty and Langkawi.
The inaugural charter flight was welcomed by the Deputy Director General of Tourism Malaysia (Promotion) Dato’ Mohmed Razip Hasan, Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Management) Tuan Haji Mohd Asri Redha bin Abdul Rahman and Embassy Alliance Managing Director, Michael Mitryakov.
The second and third flights are scheduled to arrive on 4th January and 14th January 2019 respectively. Malaysia is expecting to welcome a total of 705 passengers from Kazakhstan to Langkawi during this winter season through this charter flight service. The Boeing 757-200 model flight with expected capacity of 235 passengers per flight, operated by Sunday Airlines, will carry all passengers to Langkawi.
In 2017, Malaysia welcomed 12,577 tourists from Kazakhstan. As of October 2018, tourist arrivals from Kazakhstan registered a total of 11,302 – an increase of 10% compared to the corresponding period the previous year.