JOHOR BAHRU, 3 January: China’s Spring Airlines, with the cooperation of Malaysia Airlines, will start flying to Shenzhen from the Senai International Airport, here, starting Jan 13.
Johor Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee Chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the twice-weekly charter flights on Mondays and Fridays would cater to the growing number of Chinese travellers.
“The service to Shenzhen is introduced following positive response from AirAsia’s Johor Bahru-Guangzhou flights since May last year.
“The Shenzhen-Johor Bharu service is the second flight linking Johor with China. Hence, we expect an increase in the number of Chinese visitors to Johor this year,” he told reporters here today.
He said the flight leaves Shenzhen at 6.50pm and arrives in Johor Bahru at 10.40pm, while the flight from Johor Bahru departs at 11.40pm and arrives in Shenzhen at 3.50am the following day.
There is no time difference between Shenzhen and Johor Bahru.
Meanwhile, Tee said AirAsia would start the Johor Bahru-Jakarta flights three times a week starting Jan 12 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The flight departs Jakarta at 8.50pm (Indonesian time) and arrives in Johor Bahru at 11.40pm, the flight from Johor Bahru leaves at 7.30pm and arrives in Jakarta at 8.20pm (Indonesian time).
The new flights from Johor Bahru to Shenzhen and Jakarta are timely as both China and Indonesia are among the three major markets of for Johor’s tourism industry, he said, adding that they would also help boost Johor’s economy and trade.
The state government, in collaboration with the Senai International Airport (LTAS), strives towards developing Johor Bahru as a significant southern Peninsular aviation hub as the LTAS currently operates 14 routes, comprising seven domestic and seven international flights, he added.
– THE SUN