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KLIA To Welcome Finnair Next Year

08 April 2006

Sepang, 8 April 2006 - Malaysia Airports is pleased to announce that the national carrier of Finland, Finnair is opening yet another destination in Asia when they commence operations into Kuala Lumpur.

From May 2007, flights from Helsinki to Kuala Lumpur will be operated three times a week via Bangkok and will utilise the MD 11 aircraft with a 296 seat configuration.

Y. Bhg. Dato Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "The good news was conveyed to us by Mr. Jere Tala, Finnair Sales Director for Singapore and Malaysia, who informed that Finnair Management has decided to choose Kuala Lumpur as its 11th destination in Asia."

Dato Seri Bashir said that this latest move is a further testament that the airport operator's concerted efforts to bring more European airlines to fly to Kuala Lumpur is bearing fruit.

He said, "We will further intensify our marketing strategies to attract more foreign airlines from Europe."

Currently, European airlines serving Kuala Lumpur are Austrian Airlines, KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines and Transaero.

En. Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah, Senior Manager, Marketing Division added, "We have been holding discussions and negotiations in a bid to attract these airlines to leverage on KLIA's competitiveness, and we are elated to see these efforts materialize."

He further added, "Both Finnair and Malaysia Airports have to work closely with the industry stakeholders especially Tourism Malaysia to help develop the route."

Mr. Mika Perho, Finnair Senior Vice President Commercial Division highlighted, "As a thriving business city and breathtaking leisure destination, Kuala Lumpur naturally complements our Asian strategy. Demand for Asian destination is growing in both directions and we have excellent connections from all over Europe. It is our goal to open one to two new Asian connections each year and add frequencies to our current network."

According to Finnair, Malaysia is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia and hundreds of European companies have set up their operations here. Kuala Lumpur is the hub of local business life with its viable infrastructure, good regional flight network and motorways to different parts of the country.

The operations of Finnair to Malaysia will further promote tourism into Malaysia, thus providing a major boost to the nation's tourism industry.

Finnair, one of the world's oldest operating airlines, was established on November 1, 1923. Finnair's route network covers about 50 international destinations.

Finnair flies to Bangkok, Guangzhou, Osaka, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong in Asia. Flights to Nagoya, Japan and to Delhi, India will begin in June and November 2006 respectively.

Malaysia Airports manages and operates 39 airports in Malaysia: 5 international, 16 domestic and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOL Ports). On November 30, 1999, Malaysia Airports became the first airport company to be listed in Asia. KL International Airport (KLIA), its flagship airport was voted as the Best Airport (15-25 million passengers per annum) in the 2005 AETRA awards. Malaysia Airports has also been entrusted to host the 2008 World Routes Development Forum, the first airport operator in Asia to be given the honour of hosting this world-class airport-airlines event.


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