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Additional flight routes are being discussed to boost tourism for Visit Johor 2026, says state tourism director

JOHOR BARU, April 21 – The proposal for additional flight routes from Daegu, South Korea; Taichung, Taiwan; and Kunming, China is currently being discussed in efforts to further boost the tourism sector in conjunction with Visit Johor Year 2026.

Tourism Johor director Sharil Nizam Abdul Rahim said the issue is being studied together with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac), Tourism Malaysia, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Senai International Airport (LTAS).

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“Any proposals for direct flights to Johor will be presented to the state government after information on this plan is received from all relevant parties,” he told Bernama.

Sharil Nizam said efforts to introduce these routes also involve luring tourists from the respective countries, with a particular emphasis on places like Daegu and nearby cities like Busan in South Korea.

These areas had often chosen Johor as their destination before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Before Covid-19, countless tourists from South Korea visited Johor via Jin Air. However, with the outbreak of the pandemic, this flow came to a standstill and remains the case today.

That is why we are working hard to attract their visitors, especially considering the presence of a South Korean community in Johor,” he said.

He said efforts to promote the state should be continuous as Johor has several attractive tourism opportunities that deserve attention.

Senai International Airport is one of the country’s busiest airports, serving 17 domestic destinations and connected to five international cities: Jakarta, Surabaya, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Guangzhou.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi had earlier said the state government is targeting the arrival of 12 million domestic and foreign tourists during Visit Johor Year 2026. – Bernama