TUI Airways is now operating direct charter flights to Langkawi, Malaysia from Birmingham Airport especially for Marella Cruises customers.
The airline is operating the flights to fly cruisers to the Langkawi homeport for Enchanting Far East and Eastern Sunsets itineraries, forming part of Marella Cruises’ new Asia programme.
Birmingham Airport celebrated the milestone with cake and gifts for customers boarding. The Boeing 787 then took off for Langkawi.
Marella Cruises is the only cruise line to operate cruise-only flights on its own exclusive airline, providing customers with a seamless end-to-end customer experience.
Flying from regional airports, the third largest cruise line in the UK gives customers the opportunity to travel from the airport most convenient for them.
Birmingham Airport acting aviation director, Tom Screen said: “To have the UK’s first ever direct flight to Langkawi operate from Birmingham Airport is just fantastic. Creating varied packages is key to providing our customers with ease of travel. A package like this allows our customers to experience a range of exotic climates and cultures across multiple destinations, all in one trip.
“To celebrate the momentous occasion, employees from both the Airport and TUI gathered at the departure gates, along with passengers due to board the flight. The atmosphere was great – every seat was filled.
“The cruise-only flight will be operating fortnightly until the end of March 2019. We hope all passengers enjoy this fantastic cruise experience on its very own exclusive airline.”