More flights from China to Malaysia to boom tourism industry in year of dragon

More flights from China to Malaysia to boom tourism industry in year of dragon

SEPANG– Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato Sri Tiong King Sing, as well as representatives from Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), personally welcomed passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines charter flight arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Shenyang, China on Sunday.

Flight MH8827, a special charter carrying 287 passengers on Airbus 330 from the city of Shenyang, in Liaoning province, northeast of China.

This latest charter flight is among the surge of new routes and charter flights from China for the Chinese New Year and spring festival holiday starting in January 2024. Malaysia has received 6 charters to date, Firefly route Nanjing-Tawau (starting 23 January), Batik Air route Chengdu-Langkawi (starting 5 Feb), Batik Air route Zhengzhou-KUL (starting 5 February), Batik Air route Chengdu-Kota Kinabalu (starting 9 February), Batik Air route Chongqing-Langkawi (starting 10 February), and Batik Air route Xian-KUL (starting 11 February).

For 2024, Malaysia has received several new routes by local and foreign airlines namely China Eastern Airlines route Beijing-KUL (4 times weekly, starting 31 January), Loong Air route Hangzhou-KUL (3 times weekly, starting 1 February), Batik Air route Kunming-KUL (4 times weekly, starting 9 February), and upcoming Batik Air route Zhangjiajie-KUL (3 times weekly, starting 18 February).

The announcement of visa-free for Chinese travellers effective 1 December 2023 has spurred inquiries and bookings to Malaysia from China. has reported that Malaysia will receive 53.9 percent increase in inbound travel to Malaysia for the Chinese New Year in 2024 as compared to last year.

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.


About Tourism Malaysia

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, also known as Tourism Malaysia, is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia. It focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia as a preferred tourism destination. Since its inception, it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene.


The next Visit Malaysia Year, set to take place in 2026, will commemorate the sustainability of the nation’s tourism                                                                                                                                                                industry,

which is also in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).


Furthermore, Tourism Malaysia actively endorses the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT- GT), working towards the realisation of the IMT-GT Visiting Year 2023-2025, with the shared aim of promoting the region as a unified tourism destination. For more information, visit Tourism Malaysia’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok.

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