11 October 2003

Malaysia Airlines to fly direct from London to Penang

KUALA LUMPUR : National carrier Malaysia Airlines will introduce direct scheduled flights to the popular resort islands of Langkawi and Penang from London beginning October 19 and 21.
The twice weekly B747-400 flights to Langkawi will depart London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesdays and Sundays, while the London-Penang flights will depart Tuesdays and Saturdays, it said in a statement.
"The direct flights are aimed at making it easier for British as well as other European tourists to come to Penang and Langkawi for their holidays," the airline said.
The carrier said the island's sandy beaches, local cuisines and duty free shopping would make them attractive holiday destinations.
The airline also said the high Pound-Ringgit exchange rate in favour of the British currency would make both island resorts even more attractive.
"Malaysia Airlines has received very encouraging bookings for both the inaugural flights to Penang and Langkawi thus far with more bookings expected before the flight departure dates," it said.