Saturday, July 02, 2016

Malindo Air resumes suspended KL-Miri flight, KL-Sibu next

MIRI: Malindo Air has resumed its suspended flights from Kuala Lumpur to Miri with effect from yesterday, bringing cheer to travellers on business, official duties or leisure.

The flight with 129 passengers on board took off from KLIA at 8am and touched down here about

10am yesterday to a warm welcome from Assistant Minister for Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Dato Ik

Pahon, deputy Resident Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and representatives from Sarawak Tourism Board, Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association.

At a press conference in Miri Airport lounge later, the airlines’ chief commercial officer Dato Bernard Francis apologised for the airlines’ flight suspension since Nov 1, 2013 due to commercial reasons. He said the airlines was now better poised as a regional airlines with full-fledged service and greater connectivity game plan.

The airlines would also reinstate the Kuala Lumpur-Sibu direct flights this year as part of its strategy to relook into Sarawak markets. The route was discontinued in the past, also for commercial reasons.

“We will look into other routes in Sarawak like Bintulu if it is commercially viable,” Bernard added.

He added the airlines would consider the Miri-Shenzhen flight proposal for it to be viable, including the scheduled chartered approach with support from industry players in the state.