Posted on 02 May 2023
Source of News: The Borneo Post

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan has proposed the establishment of a Borneon Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) to regulate and oversee the aviation industry in Sabah and Sarawak.

He said it was high time for BCAA to be established, especially after reports of various issues and delays in the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia’s (CAAM) handling of aviation matters in Sabah.

Jeffrey said this includes controlling the airfares to Sabah and Sarawak, which could soar to be unreasonably expensive during festivals.

“Air travel should not be burdensome as it is the only viable option for the two states, and instead of arguing about airfares, it is better for the transport minister and the federal government to resolve the issue,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Jeffrey said he believed that the BCAA could protect the interests of Sabah and Sarawak as well as Malaysians who travel to and from the states.

He said the BCAA will focus on regulating and safeguarding the interests of the aviation industry in Sabah and Sarawak, besides trying to bring the industry in both states to greater heights through knowledge of local needs and situations.

In the long run, Jeffrey said the BCAA will not only benefit Sabah but also the country’s aviation industry as a whole because international tourism is the main sector of economy for Sabah and Sarawak.

The Borneo Post

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