Monday, October 23, 2017

Sabah to get 4 more direct flights from China by February 2018

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is expected to get four more direct flights from China by February next year, said state Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming.

“Beginning Nov 15, Malindo Air will commence the flight from Chengdu, and the following month will see the airline ferrying people from Changsha.

“The same airline will open up its destinations in Tianjin and Guangzhou before Chinese New Year,” he said, adding that there were currently 171 international flights, including about 80 from China, flying in to the state.

He was speaking at a press conference after the launch of Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre hotel here.

Pang said Chinese and Korean nationals made up 60 per cent of international tourists in the state.

As of August, the state registered 296,441 Chinese, 196, 895 Korean and 41, 968 Taiwanese tourists.

“The state government welcomes hoteliers to invest in Sabah, which, with the availability of places to stay, the (Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry) is able to resume its marketing activities.

“There have been shortages in accommodation, especially for highly-demanded four- or five-star hotels and resorts with beach views,” Pang said.