The UAE and Malaysia have created a remarkable model for strategic cooperation in the aviation and tourism sectors, with the increase in the number of national airline flights and the steady growth in visitor flows, amid promising prospects for tourism and travel growth between the two countries.
The UAE’s national airlines have expanded their flights to Malaysia to keep up with the momentum of the thriving joint strategic partnership between the two countries.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) told Emirates News Agency (WAM) that the UAE’s national carriers – Etihad Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia – are operating 112 monthly flights and 28 weekly flights, respectively, from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
The GCAA stated that Etihad Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia operate 7, 14 and 7 weekly flights respectively from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah to Kuala Lumpur.
Etihad Airways began flying to Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and has since flown 2.7 million passengers to the Malaysian capital.
In 2019, Etihad Airways signed a partnership with Tourism Malaysia to attract visitors from Europe and the Middle East to Malaysia via the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.
Emirates began connecting Dubai (DXB) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in 1995. The airline offers travel services from Malaysia through its global network of over 140 destinations. Emirates announced it will increase its weekly flights to Malaysia to 21 in early June.
Air Arabia sees its flights to Malaysia as an important step in its plans to expand into the Asian aviation market and offer its customers value-added travel options to international destinations such as Kuala Lumpur. The capital is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations with a wide variety of sights and attractions.
Meanwhile, recently, Air Arabia has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 7.9% over the last month.