Friday, December 01, 2006

Air accessibility vital for Sabah tourism

KOTA KINABALU: Air accessibility is important for the growth of Sabah’s tourism industry as 94 per cent of tourists arrived by air.

Deputy Chief Minister-cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat said therefore the rationalisation plan undertaken by MAS and AirAsia/FAX had affected the sector.

Other factors that could have a negative impact on the industry are natural disaster, threat of violence, infectious diseases, haze, among others.

Winding up the debate on his ministry yesterday, he said the upgrading works at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) that started middle of this year has also prevented the arrivals of scheduled and chartered flights because the airport has to be closed from 1am-6am.

The upgrading works are expected to be completed in 36 months while works at Terminal 2 were expected to be ready early 2007.

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