INCREASED flight frequencies to Sarawak operated by more airlines would create healthy competition that would, in turn, result in more affordable and competitive airfares, said Deputy Minister of Transport Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.
“Further engagements were also made to increase flight frequencies into Sarawak during festive seasons and school holidays,” he said in reply to Wilfred Yap (GPS-Kota Sentosa).
He pointed out that since the reopening of Malaysia’s international borders last year, the Ministry of Transport Sarawak had been working very closely with the Ministry of Transport Malaysia and tourism industry players to reinstate flights into Sarawak.
“The ministry had several engagements with the airline leaders resulting in increased connectivity into Sarawak; for example, additional flights from Singapore, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Kuala Lumpur into Kuching, as well as to Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.
“The flight frequencies within Sarawak have also been increased” he said.
Dr Jerip added his ministry was also working with airline companies to expand Sarawak’s connectivity to Indonesia and China.
“In this regard, Kuching will have its first direct connectivity to Jakarta commencing on June 15, 2023,” he said, referring to the announcement by AirAsia on its newly-introduced Jakarta-Kuching direct flights.
The Borneo Post