Monday, May 29, 2006

MAS urged to reconsider Miri-KK route

By George Francis

MIRI - The Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and local tourism industry's key players have appealed to Malaysia Airline to reconsider scrapping the Miri-Kota Kinabalu domestic trunk route.

"Scrapping the sector from MAS domestic trunk route will have a big impact on the budding tourism industry in Miri," said Sim Hock Guan, chairman of MCCC.

He said Miri still needs full services between Kota Kinabalu and Miri, for tourists using Kota Kinabalu as a gateway to Sarawak, particularly in the northern region.

"As Miri is still without any direct international flight, it is critical for MAS to retain the route for tourists."

Sim, who did not belittle the role played by budget airline AirAsia, said however that it would be inconvenient for tourists if the Miri-Kota Kinabalu flight were pulled off of the MAS domestic trunk route.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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