State Tourism and Heritage committee chairman Datuk Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid said the increase could be threefold from the 127,689 Chinese tourists who visited Langkawi last year.
He was speaking during a welcoming ceremony for tourists on the first China Southern Airlines direct A320 flight from Guangzhou.
“Historical ties between Kedah and China will also be revived with these direct flights to Langkawi,” he said.
China Southern Airlines general manager Eric Wang said the choice of Langkawi as the airline’s latest destination in Malaysia was based on the popularity of the resort island among the Chinese population in Guangzhou.
Langkawi is the fourth destination in Malaysia to receive China Southern direct flights after Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Penang.