Thursday, July 16, 2009

SilkAir - Sabah still lures but the demand is lower

SINGAPORE: There has been a steady demand for SilkAir flights to Kota Kinabalu, especially from both Asian and European markets.

Its Manager for Sabah, Jack Lim, said Sabah is a popular destination among tourists largely due to its natural attractions like Mt Kinabalu and Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

"Also for the wide variety of outdoor activities it offers, including diving, trekking and golfing," he said.

However, although the Singapore Airlines regional wing flies six times weekly to Sabah, demand was not quite "at the same levels as when the economy was doing well".

He said like other airlines, SilkAir has not been spared the effects of the recession as well as the recent outbreak of the H1N1 flu.

Lim said SilkAir's other new routes effective last month have been to Penang (now 14 times) and Hyderabad (five times). "This frequency will be stepped up to daily services from October," he added.

SilkAir currently operates 16 aircraft (10 Airbus 320 and six Airbus 319) with 10 more aircraft on firm order and another nine on option.

As a regional airline SilkAir boasts of diverse secondary destinations in Asia, many of which are still relatively untouched by mass tourism.

Accessibility to these destinations is from the Singapore hub.

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