Malaysian Tourism Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, requested Emirates operate additional services or A380 aircraft to boost capacity to Kuala Lumpur during Ramadan to encourage more Arab citizens to celebrate in Malaysia (Bernama, 06-May-2010). The carrier operates 21 times weekly Dubai-Kuala Lumpur service.
Malaysia asks Emirates for more Ramadan flights to Kuala Lumpur
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