IPOH: Air Asia Travel and Service Centre is now open at Tune Hotel in Jalan Veerasamy, here.
The centre is run by Global Nett Travel Sdn Bhd.
Ipoh Mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim officially opened the centre. Also present were Global Nett executive director Keng Chong and Air Asia sales and distribution ommercial manager Oh Teik Chye.
Those in the tourism sector are looking forward to Air Asia resuming its flights from the Sultan Azlan Shah airport, here.
Currently, only Firefly operates flights to Singapore.
Air Asia stopped flights from Ipoh to Senai in Johor in 2006, citing as reason the runway being too short for its aircrafts to land.
The number of passengers and flights at the airport dropped with the completion of the North-South Expressway.
The Federal government had approved a RM60 million allocation for the upgrade of the terminal and extension of the runway by 200 metres at the under-utilised airport.
The airport will be able to cater to Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 planes when it is ready by year's end.
Roshidi, when asked on the possibility of Air Asia resuming its flights, said: "Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir had taken up the matter with the Air Asia chief executive officer".
On the opening of the centre, he said: "It will not only contribute to the development of the city but also enhance its profile and reputation in the eyes of the tourists."
The centre offers various travel arrangement services including visa applications, flights, tours and hotel bookings. By P. Chandra Sagaran