KUCHING: MASwings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, launched its Kuching-Mulu direct non-stop service yesterday.
The maiden flight took off from Kuching International Airport at 11.20 am ferrying 60 delegates including the Minister of Tourism Datuk Michael Manyin Jawong, travel industry players and members of the media for an official launching ceremony at the Royal Mulu Resort.
"After studying the travel demand for Mulu, we are extremely pleased to revive this direct service in light of Kuching being the gateway to Sarawak, connecting visitors to various destinations within the state," said MASwings Managing Director Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani in his welcoming address.
"We hope that the arrival of this service will open up new avenues of economic development in the state and encourage air travel to Mulu," he added.
He said previously it took visitors three hours to reach Mulu from Kuching via Miri, including transit time. With the direct service, it takes only one hour 35 minutes to arrive in Mulu from Kuching.
As 60% of visitors to Mulu are foreigners with Europeans being the largest numbers, they will benefit from the seamless connectivity provided by MASwings. By reducing the flying and transit times, tourists will have more time to explore Mulu.
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