Friday, December 09, 2005

SilkAir to fly Singapore-Kota Kinabalu route

KOTA KINABALU: The SilkAir twice-weekly Singapore-Kota Kinabalu direct flights scheduled to commence on Monday will enhance Singapore Airline’s (SIA) already vast international network.

It will further project the image of the budget airline in Asia using Singapore as the transit hub.

At the same time, the new air link will mark Kota Kinabalu as the airline’s third destination in Malaysia after Langkawi and Kuching which brings to 10 the total number of weekly flights SilkAir operates to Malaysia.

“SilkAir customers will enjoy direct flights between Singapore and Sabah in East Malaysia when the airline launches its twice weekly services to Kota Kinabalu on Monday,” SilkAir Sabah manager Joshua Ganesan said.

In an exclusive interview with NST Business here yesterday, he said the new route would extend the airline’s presence in East Malaysia, building on its operations to neighbouring Sarawak which was launched in March earlier this year.

He said the scheduled service to Kota Kinabalu is code-shared with Singapore Airlines (SQ) and Malaysia Airlines (MH).

According to Joshua, the twice-weekly service on Mondays and Fridays will also complement MAS thrice-weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“Flight MI 398 will depart from Singapore Changi Airport at 3.40pm and arrive Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) at 6.45pm and will arrive in Singapore at 8.55pm on the same day,” he said.

To commemorate the launch of its new flights, SilkAir is introducing an inaugural fare of RM228 return ticket (agent ticket fare) for bookings made by Dec. 17, 2005

Joshua said the promotional fare is subject to seat availability and does not include airport taxes, insurance surcharges and fuel surcharges and are strictly non-refundable.

SilkAir has appointed Popular Express Travel Sdn Bhd, Beautiful Holidays Sdn Bhd, Tay Travel Services Sdn Bhd and Marudu Express Travel Services Sdn Bhd as official ticket agents in Sabah.

SilkAir’s fast-growing network now spans 26 destinations across 10 countries in the region and the airline was recently voted the Best Regional Airline, Asia & China for the sixth time by readers of Asia-Pacific’s leading travel publication, TTG Asia.

The airline has a fleet of 12 aircraft - seven A320s and five A319s - with an average age of just three years 11 months.

“We are delighted to be adding Kota Kinabalu to our network of exotic holiday destinations because Sabah has all the makings of a top-quality leisure destination,” SilkAir chief executive Mike Barclay said.

With its famed national parks, hot springs, beaches, diving spots and affordable golf courses, he said, Sabah is poised to be one of the Asia’s latest travel hotspots, only 21/2 hours from Singapore.

Courtesy of New Sabah Times

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