Phuket Tops Destinations for Airwael Malaysia airline
The Sultan Mahmud International Airport in Kuala Terengganu has been chosen as the international hub for a new airline, which has been described as a fusion between a budget and high-end carrier.
Airwael Malaysia director Luke Adam Mitchell said the airport fulfilled his company’s requirements as the facilities and support given by the Terengganu state government were perfect.
“We met the Mentri Besar (Datuk Seri Ahmad Said) last month and he was keen to hear our proposal for the hub, as long as the endeavour provides new employment and business opportunities for the locals,” he said here yesterday.
After evaluating several airports in the country, Mitchell said Kuala Terengganu was the best option for a hub in the Asian region.
The airline was expected to fly by the end of October – just in time for the high season on Phuket – once negotiations between Airwael and the government were concluded.
The airline aims to link long-haul and regional destinations, including Phuket, Medan, Bangkok, Bali, Chennai, Goa, Macau, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kunming, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bali and Brisbane.
Ten Airbus F320s, three Learjet aircraft and a fleet of VIP helicopters would be used once the airline service had been launched.
A direct low-cost link to Phuket by air from Malaysia’s east coast would broaden Phuket’s appeal.