Saturday, January 16, 2010

Taipei link boosts Sabah's aviation hub position

Kota Kinabalu: The State's international air connectivity and services received a boost Friday with AirAsia's maiden flight to Kota Kinabalu from Taipei, Taiwan.

This also strengthens further Kota Kinabalu's position as the country's second largest hub for AirAsia with a total of seven international and nine domestic destinations.

Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, who officiated at the launch of this route, also welcomed over 120 guests on the inaugural flight from Taipei at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport's Terminal Two.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun, AirAsia Berhad Chairman, Datuk Aziz Bakar, AirAsia Director, Datuk Fam Lee Ee, Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Chairman, Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin, STB General Manager, Datuk Irene Benggon Charuruks, and Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) Managing Director, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, were also present.

The introduction of this new route will provide greater accessibility and connectivity across South East Asia and beyond, said Ong.

"This is another milestone for the Malaysian aviation industry and for AirAsia, establishing Kota Kinabalu as its second largest hub in Malaysia.

The Ministry is working closely with AirAsia to enhance international air services, which will result in more inbound tourists to Malaysia, boost our economy and increase tourism revenue," he said.

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