Saturday, July 01, 2017

AirAsia may resume Sibu-Kota Kinabalu flight

SIBU: AirAsia may resume its Sibu-Kota Kinabalu (KK) flight as the low-cost carrier is said to be keen in servicing the route again.

AirAsia discontinued the route in August 2009 after operating for four months, as MASwings had been given exclusive rights by the government to service the rural air routes.

Following that, there had been numerous calls from tourism players here for the flight to resume with the Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) being the latest to jump into the bandwagon.

Minister of Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he had been informed that AirAsia was interested in taking up the Sibu-KK route.

“I was also informed that AirAsia had written to the Ministry of Transport and Malaysia Aviation Commission for the greenlight to fly that route and is awaiting their reply,” he told The Borneo Post when contacted yesterday.

Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, said this when asked if his ministry would be studying into the call by SCCCI for the Sibu-KK route to be served by jetliner as MASwings’ limited capacity could affect trade and tourist arrivals.

On this, Abdul Karim said: “Yes…My ministry is supportive of any upgrading of airline service which could increase tourist flow into Sarawak.”

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