Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sabah tourism hardly hit by fewer MAS flights

By MUGUNTAN VANAR at the Sabah Legislative Assembly yesterday.

THE recent Malaysia Airlines rationalisation exercise which reduced MAS flights on international and domestic routes has had a minimum impact on Sabah’s tourism industry, said assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Karim Bujang.

He said that although MAS had stopped direct flights from Shanghai to Kota Kinabalu and reduced flights from Osaka and Tokyo, Sabah had 81 direct international flights to the state capital this year compared to only 70 last year.

The state tourism ministry encouraged internationalflights to the state and airlines such as Silk Air, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines had been flying to Sabah, while the state government had been promoting Sabah through Dragonair and Royal Brunei.

The House also passed the First Supplementary Supply (2006) Enactment seeking for additional RM94.6mil for development and administrative expenses.

Source: The Star

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