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AirAsia to consider flying to Albania
Bernama August 28, 2019 00:00 am +08
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 27): AirAsia Group Bhd chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the airline will consider flying to Albania.

The Southeastern Europe nation could be one of its routes in Europe, a market which the airline had hinted about re-entering.

"Why not? AirAsia is always looking for different places and I never thought about Albania. We are going to have a look.

"The Albanian Minister (Tourism and Environment Minister Blendi Klosi) is very positive (about bringing us to the country). So let’s see," he told Bernama on the sidelines of the World Tourism Conference 2019 here, today.

Fernandes, who was one of the speakers at the conference, shared his experience about transforming AirAsia from a small loss-making company into a global giant in the aviation industry.

Klosi, who was also a speaker at the conference, expressed his welcome to AirAsia, which he said would help to promote the country’s tourism as well as those of other Balkan neighbours.

During the conference, both of them jokingly agreed to have AirAsia fly to Albania if the country was willing to provide a free airport and promotional assistance.

Previously, AirAsia X Bhd chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said that the airline was looking at expanding its market and had not discounted the possibility of re-entering the European market.

Earlier this month, Fernandes said Thai AirAsia X would be flying to Europe by the end of this year or early next year.

He said the long-haul low-cost airline was applying for approval from the relevant authorities.
https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/airasia-consider-flying-albania
 

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Kazakhstan keen to tap Malaysia's expertise
By John Gilbert - September 10, 2019 @ 3:39pm



Kazakh Tourism National Company JSC chairman of the board Kairat Sadvakassov says Malaysia is already at the forefront in terms of halal and Khazakstan would very much like to learn the halal aspect in food preparation and service. NST pix by Mohd Yusni Ariffin
KUALA LUMPUR: The Republic of Kazakhstan is looking at Malaysia for assistance and expertise in developing and standardising its halal food service industry.

Kazakh Tourism National Company JSC chairman of the board Kairat Sadvakassov said Malaysia is already at the forefront in terms of halal and Khazakstan would very much like to learn the halal aspect in food preparation and service.

"We are open to Malaysian halal companies and services to collaborate with Kazakhstan agencies, particularly the tourism-related to develop this sector," he told The New Straits Times in an interview recently.

"50 per cent of the people in Kazakhstan are Muslims however the penetration of halal is low. We have a few halal restaurants in major cities but when it comes to halal food preparation in hotels, its can be a bit tricky.

"We have to see ways on how to become Muslim-friendly. We have met with Islamic Tourism Centre of Malaysia recently to talk on various topics and training on halal. Yes, this is something on our radar," he said.

Touching on air connectivity, Kairat said Kazakh Tourism has been engaging with flag carrier Air Astana to increase visa-free travel frequency between Kuala Lumpur and Almaty from the current three times weekly flights to four.

"Similarly, we would like to engage with Malaysia Airlines to also introduce flight to Almaty but we are not sure what their interest is.

"We have meet with AirAsia in June this year, the second time after a first meeting with them last year, and we have also pitched the idea of introducing flights to Kazakhstan via their long haul business AirAsia X.

"We understand there are requirements in terms of ground handling, fuel pricing, fares, marketing and promotions and we are ready to work on these requirements with Malaysia Airlines or/and AirAsia if these is some sort of commitment," he said.

When asked on the plan to open a regional office in Malaysia in the first half of 2020, Kairat said the process is moving according to the set timeline.

The office here will be the hub to cater the Southeast Asian markets.

"We are looking at doubling the number of Malaysian tourist traveling to Kazakhstan from 7,500 last year and we will be organising to trips Kazakhstan to promote our winter tourism," he said.

At the recent Matta Fair 2019, Kazakh Tourism National Company JSC and Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), signed a memorandum of understanding to promote mutual interest and tourist arrivals between Malaysia and Kazakhstan via a cooperation and collaborative relationship.

The MoU was signed by Kairat and LADA chief executive officer Dr Ahmad Hezri Adnan.

Main highlight of the MoU is to establish bilateral assistance in promoting tourism products for Kazakhstan and Malaysian tourists, invitations to annual events including conferences, travel marts, and other ad hoc regional events and sharing of mutual tourism development planning strategy with particular regards to the development of infrastructure, analytics and other data.
https://www.nst.com.my/business/2019/09/520294/kazakhstan-keen-tap-malaysias-expertise
 

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New Jeddah Airport to be fully
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January 5, 2020

JEDDAH — The new King Abdulaziz International Airport here is expected to become fully operational in the forthcoming Ramadan, the spokesman of General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Ibrahim Al-Ruasa told Okaz/Saudi Gazette Saturday.

Currently, the number of flights has been increased by adding 13 new international stations, bringing the total to 27. The number of departing and arriving flights at the airport has reached 4,900 with 654,000 passengers on board, Al-Ruasa said.

He further said that over 2.5 million passengers have been transported on board 30,000 flights since the beginning of operation of Terminal One at the airport in May 2018.

Al-Ruasa confirmed that the private sector would operate Terminal One soon in the new airport, within GACA’s endeavor to carry out the privatization strategy.

He added that there is a plan to this effect, to raise the operation capacity of the airport and improve the passenger’s experience.

As to the many complaints by the new airport users about the SR10 per hour parking fee, which they deemed high, especially since parking fee at the old airport was just SR3 per hour, Al-Ruasa said that there is a 50 percent discount if the fee is paid via the self-service machines.

Hence, the fee will be SR5 per hour or part of it if paid via the machines. Al-Ruasa urged airport users to avail of the technology in the airport, amid the keenness to facilitate traffic flow in the parking lots.

As to the bridges on unfinished roads, linking the main roads with the new airport, Al-Ruasa said there were three remaining bridges, as the Makarona Road Bridge has been completed. Completion of construction works of the security checkpoint is awaited and it is expected to be ready by Jan. 10, 2020.

As regards Prince Miteb Road (formerly known as Al-Arbaeen), it clashes with the nursery in King Abdulaziz International Airport. Work is going on at present to complete the new nursery for the airport.

This will enable the airport authorities to demolish the existing nursery and complete the road works. What remains is the bridge at the intersection with the extension of Al-Amal Road.

Till date Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is the sole carrier via the new airport, as its affiliate, the Ground Services Company, has employed 200 people in the first stage and subsequent batches will be employed in future.

The SR1 billion contract for ground services has been signed with Flynas to provide ground handling services with the airline.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/586299/SAUDI-ARABIA/GACA-New-Jeddah-Airport-to-be-fully-operational-in-Ramadan
 

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BEST AIRPORT 2019
Majority muslim city

3 Doha
24 Dubai
40 Jakarta
54 Kuala Lumpur
58 Baku
61 Muscat
87 Abu Dhabi
88 Bahrain

https://www.worldairportawards.com/worlds-top-100-airports-2019/

BEST AIRLINES 2019

1 Qatar Airways
5 Emirates
12 Garuda Indonesia
20 AirAsia
27 Turkish Airlines
29 Etihad Airways
36 Malaysia Airlines
43 Oman Air
48 AirAsia X
52 Azerbaijan Airlines
57 Saudi Arabian Airlines
66 Royal Brunei Airlines
97 Royal Jordanian Airlines

https://www.worldairlineawards.com/worlds-top-100-airlines-2019/

TOP MUSLIM CITY DESTINATIONS 2018
List of cities by international visitors

7 Dubai, UAE
9 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10 Istanbul, Turkey
20 Mecca, Saudi Arabia
23 Medina, Saudi Arabia
38 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
49 Riyadh, Indonesia
57 Jakarta, Indonesia
64 Dammam, Saudi Arabia
65 Penang, Malaysia
75 Marrakesh, Morocco
82 Hurghada, Egypt
84 Muğla, Turkey
91 Batam, Indonesia
94 Abu Dhabi, UAE

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_international_visitors
 

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Matrade spearheads Malaysia's participation in Arab Health 2020
By NST Business February 11, 2020 @ 4:35pm



The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is further intensifying efforts to push exports of domestic medical devices and healthcare services in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is further intensifying efforts to push exports of domestic medical devices and healthcare services in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region.

The agency said positive efforts was made by spearheading the participation of Malaysian companies at the Arab Health 2020 trade fair in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was held from January 27 to 30 and participated by 18 Malaysian companies and creating a potential export value of RM700 million.

Products and services promoted to over 100,000 global visitors at the fair include medical consumables, healthcare and wellness services as well as digital healthcare technology.

Matrade director of lifestyle and life sciences Naim Abdul Rahman said the participation in Arab Health 2020 was in line with Matrade’s strategy in boosting exports of Malaysian medical devices and healthcare services particularly to the MENA region.

He said the effort was also aimed at diversifying export markets from the usual Western Europe to emerging markets in the MENA region.

"Malaysia's total exports of medical devices to the region in 2019 were valued at RM657.7 million, accounting for a 2.75 per cent share of Malaysia's global exports.

"Malaysia's total exports of medical devices reached RM23.9 bilion in 2019, registering an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to 2018," he said in a statement.

The top-five export destinations in MENA region last year were Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman.

Collectively, these markets contributed 73.3 per cent of Malaysia’s exports of medical devices to the region.

MENA region medical devices exports showed a steady growth of 64.4 per cent for the past five years from RM400 million in 2014 to RM657.7 million in 2019.
https://www.nst.com.my/business/2020/02/564593/matrade-spearheads-malaysias-participation-arab-health-2020
 
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