Friday, April 15, 2011

Hong Kong, Taiwan Airlines To Begin Direct Flights To Sabah

KOTA KINABALU -- Hong Kong Express and Mandarin Airlines will begin direct flights to Sabah, said state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun.

He said Hong Kong Express would ply the HK-Kota Kinabalu route and Mandarin Airlines the Taipeh-Kota Kinabalu route.

"The new flights are expected to boost tourists from the two nations to Sabah. For the Taiwanese, we hope the visa-free privileges will create more interest among them to come here," he told reporters after the media briefing on Sabah Fest 2011 here Friday.

Hong Kong Express is a subsidiary of Hong Kong Airlines and Mandarin Airlines is China Airlines's regional and domestic subsidiary.

Masidi said while Hong Kong Express has confirmed plans to fly twice a week for the route, Mandarin Airlines was still in discussions over the landing rights.


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