Thursday, August 18, 2011

MAS-AirAsia Collaboration Places Tourism Players In Uncertainty - Sarawak Tourism


MIRI -- The recent collaboration agreement between Malaysian Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia has created uncertainty among tourism players in Sarawak.

Following this, the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) plans to discuss issues regarding its effects with the two airlines soon.

Speaking to reporters during the breaking of fast with tour agents and media representatives here last night, STB Chief Executive Officer Datuk Rashid Khan said tourism players in Sarawak were concerned as the airlines had also announced that they would rationalise their operations.

The rationalisation plan would raise the issues of flight frequency, air fare and the roles to be played by the airlines and its subsidiaries, he said.

"All these are issues that put us to be uncertain. We want to engage them (MAS and AirAsia) and we have already indicated that," he said.

He described the MAS-AirAsia deal as "a worrying issue" as compared to the move by Malaysian Airports to increase the airport tax.

"Airport tax in Malaysia is relatively low and represents a small portion of the cost of fares," he said.

MAS and AirAsia had on Aug 9 entered into the collaboration agreement to establish a framework to explore the possibilities of mutual co-operation.

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