Wednesday, December 06, 2017

All set to welcome arrival of Xpress Air’s Pontianak-Miri flight

KUCHING: A reception ceremony is being arranged for the inaugural arrival of Pontianak-Miri flight on Dec 12.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the flight, operated by an Indonesian airline, Xpress Air, is scheduled to arrive in Miri at 4pm.

A representative from Xpress Air, Indonesian Consul-General in Kuching Jahar Gultom and Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah are expected to attend and also speak at the reception ceremony.

“The inaugural flight will carry passengers, journalists and tour operators from Pontianak,” Lee told a press conference at his office here yesterday.

He said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) had also arranged for a familiarization visits in and around Miri for the tour operators from Indonesia. A welcoming reception has also been arranged for the return flight  to Pontianak later on the same day.

Lee believed the Miri-Pontianak-Miri flight would also cater for passengers from Brunei, including Indonesians who work in that country.

“It will cater for passengers comprising tourists and business travelers. With the availability of such a flight, it will be easier for business people from both countries to travel.