MASwings, MAS asked to review operations in Sarawak
KUCHING: MASwings and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) have been asked to review operations in Sarawak to provide better air connectivity.
Assistant Minister of Sarawak Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin also called on MASwings to review its airfare.
“I would like MASwings to review their operations and also to work with the Ministry of Transport because many of the sectors operated by MASwings are subsidised to facilitate travel in the rural areas.
“We have also arranged to meet the Minister of Transport soon to discuss some issues affecting our air connectivity in Sarawak,” he told a press conference after receiving a courtesy call from MASwings chief executive officer Capt Izham Ismail and senior manager Karen Leiking from the MAS group chief executive officer’s office yesterday.
Lee, who is also Assistant Minister for Land and Air Transportation and Safety, also requested MASwings look into reinstating the Kuching-Pontianak flight as the sector is important for the medical tourism industry.
“There are a lot of people who are from across the border from Kalimantan coming to Kuching to seek medical treatment. The Indonesian Consulate-General in Kuching had also requested whether we can reinstate the flight so that it will be more convenient for people to come here.”
He said MAS should also relook its flight schedule in the state.
“The flights within Sarawak had been reduced. For example, the flights from Miri to Kuching had been reduced. We used to have a flight at noon and in the evening. All these flights had been discontinued,” he said.
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