Friday, October 16, 2009

Suspended Zamboanga-Sandakan Air Link Resumes


KOTA KINABALU -- Trade and tourism exchanges between Sandakan and Zamboanga are back on track as regular flights connecting the two neighbouring areas in the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) resume Friday.

Zest Air's new 56-seater MA 60 aircraft departed from the Zamboanga Airport in the Philippines at 12.45pm and arrived in Sandakan, Sabah, at 2.00pm, marking the revival of the Zamboanga-Sandakan air link which has been suspended since April last year.

A statement issued by the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) Friday said that Zest Air would operate flights to Sandakan three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"This is part of our commitment to complement government efforts in enhancing transportation connectivity in BIMP-EAGA," said Ken Tan, station manager of Zest Air Zamboanga.

"The revival of the Zamboanga-Sandakan air link will provide convenience to the public from Mindanao and Palawan," he said.

Tan said the flights would cut travel time for tourists and businessmen from Mindanao in the Philippines who needed to go to Manila ahead of time just to catch up flights to Sandakan.

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