Berjaya readies KL-Redang charter flights to drive events demand

Berjaya Hotels & Resorts announced at Singapore Airshow 2018 that it will begin running twice-daily flights between Kuala Lumpur’s Subang Airport and Redang Island in June, with the aim of filling its Redang Island resort rooms.

Operated by the group’s sister company Berjaya Air, the flights reduce travelling time between the two points from five hours to an hour, said Hanley Chew, CEO of Berjaya Hotels & Resorts.

From left: ATR’s Kian Hui Lim; Berjaya Hotels & Resorts’ Hanley Chew; and a corporate secretary of ATR

The charters will be run on two pre-owned ATR 42-500 aircraft, refurbished with new interior and 36 passenger seats each. Guests can check into their rooms in the Subang lounge before boarding the plane.

Flight tickets will be sold with all-inclusive resort packages, which include a 3D/2N stay in a twin-sharing suite and will cost upwards of RM3,500 (US$896), confirmed Chew.

He added that this move aims to help Berjaya’s two Redang resorts – Taaras Beach & Spa and Redang Island Resort – attract smaller business events groups, such as board meetings or small team retreats. Meanwhile, Berjaya is also “pouring a lot of investment to refurbish” its hotels.

The company is currently working with agencies in Germany, Italy, the UK, Japan and Singapore, and is seeing a pick-up in demand from the latter two countries, Chew shared.

He also revealed that Berjaya is currently “in talks” to establish connections between Redang and Seletar Airport in Singapore. This route is expected to be introduced around end-2018 to early-2019 with a new aircraft.

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