Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Direct Singapore-Kota Kinabalu air link on again

KOTA KINABALU: Four years after Singapore Airlines terminated flights between here and the island republic, its regional airline Silk Air is resuming the air services.

Silk Air chief executive Mike Barclay said the airline was confident that it would be able to sustain the direct air link.

He added that Silk Air had assessed the viability of air services between Singapore and Kota Kinabalu.

The first flight on that route landed here on Monday.

“We intend to stay,” he said, adding that Silk Air was planning to increase the frequency from twice weekly to four times a week by May.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat said the resumption of air services augured well for Sabah’s tourism promotion efforts.

Chong said tourist arrivals in Sabah exceeded the 1.7 million mark last year, with revenue in excess of RM1.3bil.

“Our target is to get 2.7 million visitors to the state in two years,” he said.

Source: The Star

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