AirAsia will be flying from one historic city to another with its new Penang-Melaka route, starting July 1. The direct flight is set to boost tourist arrivals into Melaka, helping to support the state government’s target of attracting 20 million visitors this year.

“This new route further strengthens our tourism footprint in Malaysia, providing more options for international visitors to travel between states of Penang and Melaka,” said AirAsia Malaysia chief executive officer Riad Asmat.

In 2008, Melaka and George Town in Penang were jointly listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites. Popular attractions in Melaka include the colonial buildings A Famosa Fort, St Paul’s Hill, Stadthuys, and Christ Church.

Travellers can also enjoy fun water activities in Melaka Wonderland; hire a trishaw for a relaxing tour in the heritage city and stroll along Melaka River while enjoying the view of beautiful murals painted on the historical streethouses.

The airline also recently announced that it will add extra flights for the coming Hari Raya Puasa festive period. Between May 30 and June 16, as many as 437 flights – or 78,000 seats – will be added to the schedule. These additional flights will be mounted from KL to Singapore, Kuching, Sibu and Miri in Sarawak, Sandakan and Tawau in Sabah, Alor Setar and Langkawi (Kedah), Kota Baru (Kelantan), Johor Baru and Terengganu.

There will also be flights from Johor Baru to Kuching, Miri, Sibu, Tawau and Alor Setar.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways is launching flights to Langkawi from Doha. The new service will operate four times weekly via Penang, starting Oct 15. The airline will subsequently increase the service to five times weekly on Oct 27.

Qatar Airways senior vice president (Asia Pacific) Marwan Koleilat said the new route will offer greater connectivity for passengers to the Jewel of Kedah.
“The addition of direct flights to Langkawi also highlights our commitment to offering passengers travelling from Malaysia enhanced connectivity to our extensive global route network of more than 160 destinations,” he said.

Nature lovers will find much to enjoy in Langkawi, an archipelago of over 100 picturesque islands and islets. Surrounded by the Andaman Sea on Malaysia’s west coast, the destination boasts glimmering turquoise waters and breathtaking beaches.