Aussie carrier Jetstar to fly into town

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Good news for budget travellers as another LCC will be flying to KL soon as per AFP News below..
We will have more choices and more people can fly to Australia @ maybe RM1.99 return.!!!!

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Budget carrier Jetstar will launch flights to Malaysia in September, making it the sole Australian airline to fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's main airport operator said today.

Malaysia Airports managing director, Bashir Ahmad, hailed the development as a major achievement for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and said it would boost the country's efforts to attract tourists.

"We started negotiations with Jetstar a few months ago," Bashir said in a statement.

"This will be the first Australian airline operating in KLIA. It is indeed a tremendous breakthrough for Malaysia Airports," he said.

"This operation will not only help to enhance the network and connectivity, but also complement the government's effort to further encourage more low-cost carriers to operate to KLIA."

Jetstar, a budget offshoot of Australian flag carrier Qantas, will start thrice-weekly flights from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on Airbus A330-200s from Sept 9, said Malaysia Airports.

The news follows the unveiling of Malaysian low-lost long-haul carrier AirAsia X earlier this month, which has also said it intends to fly to Australia, although no details have been released.

Jetstar will become the second foreign-owned budget airline to operate flights to Malaysia, after the Filipino carrier Cebu Pacific Airways commenced operations in December.

Australia is a popular destination for Malaysians, who holiday, study and work in the country.

Malaysia's Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy last week said the country was seeking more landing rights in Australia to increase flights to the key destinations of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. - AFP

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