AeroDarat Services has scored another brand new customer again as TUI Airways made its inaugural flight from Birmingham, Manchester, and London (Gatwick) Airports to Langkawi, Kedah. This largest charter airline in the world, operated using Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner aircraft, landed in Langkawi International Airport (LGK) at 0855 AM on 20th December 2018. Thus, making TUI Airways the first European airline to operate direct flights to the island.
TUI Airways, part of TUI Group, the world’s leading tourism group based in United Kingdom offers direct flights three times for every two weeks to Langkawi, on Thursday (2 flights) and Friday (1 flight) from 20th December 2018 until end of March 2019 for their winter holiday programme, Fly & Cruise 2018- 2019 package. The programme is expected to continue for the upcoming winter holiday in 2019-2020.
The fully booked inaugural flight with 296 guests on board was welcomed by Dato’ Mohmed Razip Hasan, Deputy Director General (Promotion) Tourism Malaysia, En. Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Shah, General Manager Airline Marketing Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad, En. Mustaffa Kamal Ab. Wahab, Account Management and Marketing Manager for Europe and South East Asia, AeroDarat Services together with Langkawi Authorities and Tourism Association.
All the passengers then proceeded to Marella Discovery Cruise Ship and spent an overnight in Langkawi, before departing to Phuket, Thailand, and other South East Asia destinations before coming back to Langkawi again in two weeks time.