Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Sarawak has least number of international flights

KUCHING: Sarawak is one of the gateways into Malaysia that has the least number of international flights going through it.

According to a press statement from the Tourism Ministry, efforts had been made over the years to get more flights from international routes but with little progress.

At the handover of the Routes Bid document in Manchester, United Kingdom, Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg said: ‘‘We are serious in developing tourism for Sarawak, so we need to beat the odds by finding better ways to counter the air accessibility problem. One solution is to bring the Routes Asia event to Kuching so we can convince all airline companies of Sarawak’s potential.”

“This year, we have seen some development in our Regional Airlines with MASwings having started flying to Bandar Seri Begawan and Pontianak. This has helped Sarawak establish a network within the region,” he said.

“Kuching has been identified as one of the Routes Asia event bidders, against two other major cities in China and Australasia. So, if we win this bid, we will stand tall and on par with other big cities in the world,” Abang Johari explained.

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