flydubai on Malaysia’s west coast: Langkawi Island and Penang

A flydubai Boeing 737-800 pushes back off gate at Dubai International Airport
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Dubai-based airline flydubai is preparing to operate flights from the United Arab Emirates to the popular Malaysian destinations of Langkawi and Penang.

Langkawi and Penang are both leisure destinations in Malaysia, and flydubai is proud to become the first airline from the United Arab Emirates to launch flights to such destinations. 

This will mean travelers from Europe, the Middle East, and North America can now easily access Malaysia via its Dubai hub. The move further expands the carrier’s growing Southeast Asian network.

Inaugural Flights 

Flights to the Malaysian airports Penang International Airport (PEN) and Langkawi International Airport (LGK) are both slated to begin on 10 February 2024. Passengers who want to fly to Langkawi will need to stay onboard during a short hop in Penang. 

Commenting on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “We are pleased to see our presence in Southeast Asia grow with the launch of operations to Langkawi and Penang.”


“Flights from the UAE to these popular holiday destinations are vital for tourism and business connectivity. These destinations in Malaysia offer cultural diversity, leisure activities and investment opportunities.”

“Our new flights will be popular for passengers not only from the UAE but also from the GCC and the European markets.”

South East Asia Presence

FlyDubai’s launch to Langkawi and Penang means that the airline footprint in the region is growing rapidly. Not long ago, the airline expanded operations in Thailand to Krabi and Pattaya. 

It is no news to us that the airline will utilize its highly capable Boeing 737MAX on the Malaysian routes. The 737MAX itself by FlyDubai features lie-flat seats in Business Class and adds comfort and an added ergonomics designed for economy class. 

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Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President of commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent) at flydubai, said: “Malaysia is an extremely important market for flydubai and we are pleased to see these flights become a reality.”

“The daily service will prove popular for our passengers from around the network and will provide passengers from Malaysia with convenient options to travel to Dubai and beyond whether they are traveling for business, leisure or to visit family and friends.”

Langkawi and Penang

The newly launched flights to both Langkawi and Penang allow passengers to explore the hidden gems of Malaysia. 

Both destinations offer a range of experiences for both thrill-seekers and those who prefer calmness or culinary experiences. This makes the two destinations a rapidly emerging destination for Southeast East Asia. 

The Island of Langkawi borders Thailand. The island becomes famous in the aviation community for every two years for its hosting of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Show (LIMA). 

The island is full of history and is known for its lush rainforest and land formations. Holiday goers can enjoy island hopping and cable car rides to the Sky Bridge and exploring the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

Langkawi is renowned for its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and stunning geological formations. Visitors can enjoy activities such as island hopping, cable car rides to the Sky Bridge, and exploring the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

Unbeknownst to the outside world, Langkawi is also duty-free. Making the island a shopping mecca.  

Penang is also known as the “Pearl of the Orient.” Due to its rich cultural heritage, mixing the cultural spheres of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and British influences.

With all of the charm of Langkawi and Penang combined, this justifies why the Dubai-based carriers fly to these destinations.

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