Saturday, February 08, 2014

Chinese airlines may land at Kuching International Airport for free

KUCHING: Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) is expected to exempt four Chinese airlines from landing fees at Kuching International Airport (KIA) to improve the city’s connectivity with China.

Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said four airlines from China had shown keen interest in operating routes to Kuching.

“I have requested MAB to offer free landing fees for the four Chinese airlines for three years. This is a positive move to see more routes between China and Kuching,” he said during a Lunar New Year dinner jointly organised by Plaza Merdeka Management, The Waterfront Hotel, India Street Pedestrian Mall Committee, Kuching City Centre Consultative Committee and Kuching City Centre Community Association on Thursday.

Abang Johari said the exemption coupled with Sarawakian hospitality would help bring more tourists to the state.

Feedback from last month’s Asean Tourism Forum, he said, showed that delegates were impressed by both the hospitality of the locals and the city’s uniqueness.

“Some delegates say people of Kuching keep on smiling, which shows how great we are. They also say our city is very clean and well structured, making Kuching unique compared to other destinations.”

He thanked everyone involved for giving such a good impression to the delegates, adding their continued collaboration and hospitality would brand the city an attractive destination in the region.

Meanwhile, organising chairman Datuk Wee Hong Seng said a security force would be formed to patrol Padang Merdeka, Plaza Merdeka, Sarawak Tourism Complex, the Esplanade, from Pangkalan Batu to Brooke Dockyard, India Street and Kai Joo Lane all the way up to open air market.