Thursday, September 14, 2006

Flight cuts came at wrong time for Sabah

Kota Kinabalu: Flight frequencies and seat capacities in Sabah are not only rising but rising above previous highs, said Datuk Karim Bujang, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment.

Flight reductions which went down from 580 to 500 per week has now shot up to 640 - a net increase of 140 flights which also generates an additional 16,400 seats per week, he told the Sabah Wanita Umno Sabah workshop on Tourism at Sutera Pacific.

"The reduction definitely came at a wrong time, from 64,780 seats to 55,869 but now they are giving back to us at 72,277," Karim said, hoping that Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia would work hand in hand.

The KK-Sandakan flights which plunged to 35 flights per week have risen to 63 while KK-Tawau which dropped from 35 to 28 flights per week is now up to 42 flights.

"Hopefully, the introduction of increased flight frequencies and seats will be good for us," Karim said. Between 40 to 50 Wanita members from all over Sabah took part in the workshop.

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