Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MAS responsive to Sarawak’s call to improve air connectivity

KUCHING: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is expected to make some positive announcements soon on the air connectivity to the state, says Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“I have personally had numerous engagements and discussions with the Federal Government on ways to improve the air connectivity into the state.

“MAS has been quite sympathetic and responsive to our call and is expected to make some positive announcements soon,” he said in his winding-up speech yesterday.

He said an agreement had been reached between the state and MAS that would provide direct air connectivity to Kuching once the purchase of new 56 aircraft by MAS was completed.

“We are interested in their subsidiary routes of East Asia and Australasia.

“We will be given special “power” where the state will be consulted on these routes.

“This is in discussion now and the state will be represented in their board,” he told reporters later.

In his speech earlier, Johari pointed out that MASwings would continue with its expansion programme to play its role as a regional community airline with the introduction of new routes soon for Kuching-Balikpapan and Kuching-Mulu-Bandar Seri Begawan.