Malaysia Airlines adds flights to Seoul and Taipei

10 Sep 2009

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is increasing the frequency of its Kuala Lumpur-Seoul and Kuala Lumpur-Taipei services, adding a new flight on each route in the next few weeks.

The new flights to Seoul and Taipei will start on September 17 and October 1 respectively. Tickets are now available for purchase on the airline’s website.

“We believe that this is the beginning of the air travel recovery,” said Amin Khan, MAS senior general manager for network and revenue management. “We are starting to see more leisure travel and we expect business travel to pick up as well.”

He added that “demand for air travel to North Asian destinations are picking up”. Year-end loads for both Seoul and Taipei are up compared to last year.

With the expanded flight schedule, the airline goes up to six weekly visits to Seoul. The new service will depart from the Malaysian capital on Thursday at 11:30pm and arrive in Seoul at 7:10am.

The additional flight to Taipei, meanwhile, leaves Kuala Lumpur on Sunday at 9:20am, arriving at the destination at 2:10pm. MAS will have 13 weekly flights to the Taiwanese capital – six non-stop direct flights to Taipei and seven via Kota Kinabalu.

MAS has recently been aligning capacity with demand, with additional flights to Tawau and Sandakan in Sabah already rolled out. The airline has also announced plans to increase air service to Bali.

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Gigi Onag

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