Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Boost for KKIA as second aviation hub

Malaysia will intensify efforts to promote the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) in Sabah as its second aviation hub, especially after Japan agreed to open skies arrangement with the country.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said more flights to and from Tokyo to Malaysia through Kota Kinabalu were expected as many Japanese wanted to visit Sabah.

“We are currently working towards promoting Kota Kinabalu as a second hub. By this arrangement, it will allow more flights and airlines from Malaysia flying to Tokyo, and this is good for air travelling between the two countries,” he said.

Kong said that his officials met with counterparts from Japan’s Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism Ministry here last Wednesday to finalise the arrangement.

Following the meeting, the Japanese ministry announced on Friday that the arrangement would, in principle, allow airlines to freely decide on the number of flights and routes they operate between the Narita International Airport in Tokyo and Malaysia from the summer of 2013.

This will take place when the maximum quota of landings and take-offs at Narita are raised to 270,000 per year.

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