Malaysia experiencing surge in passenger numbers to/from Singapore
Malaysia's Minister of Transport, Ong Tee Keat, stated the establishment of further air links between Malaysia and Singapore has resulted in a “sharp” increase in passenger numbers (Bernama, 26-May-2010). According to Mr Tee Keat, nine airports with direct services to Singapore reported a 150.2% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers for the past six months. 19 Malaysian airports may handle services to Singapore under the agreement, but only nine have services as present. Mr Tee Keat also stated the Malaysian Government is working to improve passenger numbers, with upgrades to airports and offers of a reduction in landing and parking charges for carriers.