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New Kunming-KL flight boosts Malaysia-China tourism connections

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Malaysia welcomes a new daily flight from Kunming, enhancing tourism and capitalizing on visa-free policy for Chinese travelers.

SEPANG, MALAYSIA – Passengers on board flight MU9629 arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Terminal 1) from Kunming, China, were welcomed by Mr. Manoharan Periasamy, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, as well as representatives from China Eastern Airlines and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB).

This new route by China Eastern Airlines connecting Kunming – Kuala Lumpur operates daily on Airbus A320neo with a seating capacity of 148 passengers, adding to the existing 18 weekly flights by other carriers from the Yunnan Province, southwest of China.

With this new additional route, it is a great opportunity to bring in more tourists from China’s second-tier cities, especially now with our visa-free policy for Chinese travellers to Malaysia. We continue to amplify our promotional efforts in showcasing Malaysia’s rich heritage and warm hospitality to one of our top markets through Tourism Malaysia’s overseas offices in China,” said Mr. Manoharan.

The visa-free policy for Chinese travellers to Malaysia effective 1st December 2023 until 31 December 2024 has seen a significant increase in bookings to Malaysia. In 2023, Malaysia welcomed 1.47 million arrivals from China, an exponential growth of 593.4% in comparison to the same period in 2022 with 212,603 arrivals.

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