The airport operator seeks to help boots tourism demand with the new commercial flights at the duty-free island
Malaysia Airports is set to help boost the tourism demand for Pangkor Island, with the commencement of scheduled commercial flight operations at Pangkor Short Take Off and Landing Port (STOLport). Tourists travelling to Pangkor can board the SKS Airways’ DHC6-Twin-Otter aircraft from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (IATA Code: SZB) in Subang to the STOLport in Pangkor.
Malaysia Airports Chairman, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said in a statement that as an airport operator, one of Malaysia Airports’ roles is to work closely with tourism bodies to promote local destinations.
“Islands in Malaysia are already renowned for their natural tourist attractions, and the tourism demand for them is strong. The start of commercial flight operations will provide the necessary connectivity to attract more international tourists to the island. Coupled with the island’s duty free status, this will contribute positively towards the economic revival of the island and its population,” he said, adding that the local aviation industry is beginning to see signs of growth again after a slow two years and the emergence a new local airline in the country is a sign of positive development.
“SKS Airways’ decision to start operations is no doubt influenced by the improvement we have seen within the domestic air travel scene. Last December, our domestic passenger movements were already at about 60% of its pre-COVID-19 level. Government efforts in ensuring a high COVID-19 vaccination rate within our population will also enable Malaysia to transition into an endemic phase faster and this would help boost air travel further,” said Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry.
The daily scheduled commercial flight SZB-PKG-SZB flights have started from 26 January 2022 following the arrival of the inaugural flight KI6357 on 25 January 2021.