The Istanbul-based airline’s enormous network will deliver more international tourists to Kuala Lumpur, according to Tourism Malaysia.
Turkish Airlines has announced three additional flights per week between Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur starting from October 1, which increases the frequency to 10 times weekly.
Tourism Malaysia, in a statement issued jointly with the airline and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, said the higher frequency of direct flights would bring even more visitors from across Turkish Airlines’ network to the country and further boost the economy with a strong rebound in tourism.
“The easing of international travel protocols and relaxation of the entry procedures to Malaysia will also increase the travel demand to the country and boost connectivity from other international continents.
“Tourism Malaysia welcomes all visitors to explore Malaysia’s beautiful and diverse attractions,” the agency said.
Turkish Airlines operated its first direct flight to Kuala Lumpur on April 25, 2013, with three flights per week. Barely a year into operation, it began operating daily to and from Kuala Lumpur.
MAHB, having witnessed Turkish Airlines’ rapid growth in Malaysia throughout the years, expressed confidence in the airline’s continued success at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
The airport operator said the increase in flight frequency will contribute to the growth of Malaysia’s aviation and tourism sectors post-pandemic.
“MAHB hopes to see the recovery of more airlines at its airports as air travel regains momentum this year.
“The new additional frequencies will be able to accommodate more demand for passengers departing from KLIA to more than 320 destinations in over 120 countries from all round the world via Istanbul,” it said.