Monday, April 26, 2010

MASwings targets 1.1 mil passengers

KOTA KINABALU: MASwings has set a target of flying a record 1.1 million passengers within Sabah and Sarawak this year, said Malaysia Airlines chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid.

He said the target would be made possible with the latest 10th ATR aircraft which would enter its service by end of the month.

Mohd Munir said for the first three months this year, MASwings registered a commendable 150,000 passengers and hoped it would increase significantly with the additional aircraft.

“To date, we carry approximately 88,000 passengers each month, which represents a 24 per cent growth rate in passenger volume compared with that of last year,” he said in his speech in conjunction with Delivery of the 10th ATR72-500 Aircraft & Farewell ceremony to the last Fokker 50, at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, here yesterday.

Mohd Munir said the weekly flight frequency had increased from 400 flights per week in October 2007 to 600 flights per week last year, and a further increase to 900 flights per week this year.

“MASwings have, over the last two years, progressively increased the weekly frequencies, to continuously meet the ever growing demand for air travel within Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

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