Thai AirAsia will introduce four times a week Bangkok-Langkawi direct flights from next month, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said yesterday.
He said the airline would be making more announcements on this at the end of this month.
“For the Kedah Gover-nment, we support and welcome this direct flight service as it will help to increase tourist arrivals to Langkawi island,” he told reporters after presenting wings to 23 cadet pilots of HM Aerospace Sdn Bhd’s flying course 03/2005 here.
Mahdzir said the airline had requested for a one year landing fee subsidy at the Langkawi International Air-port in Padang Matsirat for introducing the direct flight service.
He said the state government and the Langkawi Development Authority had agreed to bear half the cost of extending the subsidy, and had requested the Tourism Ministry to pay the remainder.
“We are still waiting for the ministry's agreement on the subsidy,” he said.
To attract more tourists to Langkawi, airlines like Malaysia Airlines should increase their flight frequencies to the island, Mahdzir said, adding that in Thailand, the frequency of flights from Bangkok to Phuket was every hour.