KUCHING (April 29): Sarawak has restored more than 90% of flight frequencies during the pre-pandemic phase with new routes such as Penang to Kuching and Singapore to Miri, the Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry said and Performing Arts, Dato Sri. Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
“This is certainly one of many steps ahead for Sarawak’s tourism sector as we embrace the transition to endemicity.
“I am extremely happy to hear that the flight from Singapore today is a full load with 180 passengers. This only reinforces how precious and closely connected our beloved city of Kuching is to Singapore.
“We would like to thank the AirAsia team for their tireless efforts to make this possible again,” he told a press conference at the welcoming ceremony for the restored Singapore-Kuching flight. AirAsia today.
Flight AK1776 arrived around 4:15 p.m., made up of 46% Malaysians returning home, with the rest made up of Singaporeans and other foreigners.
The welcome ceremony was jointly organized by AirAsia and the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), and supported by Malaysia Airports.
Abdul Karim believes that the resumption of international flights comes at the right time for tourists and residents of Sarawak, who are eagerly anticipating and planning their trips.
He noted that this is a big step towards reaching the state’s target of 1.2 million arrivals this year, with the help of airline partners to provide greater accessibility to Sarawak.
“We look forward to seeing more new direct connections and an increase in the frequency of direct flights from Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia,” he added.
On whether the 1.2 million target would include tourists from China, which is mostly under lockdown at the moment, Abdul Karim said the number of visitors was not separated by nationality.
He explained that when it comes to visitors, everyone who crosses international borders is considered a visitor.
“Not all of China is on lockdown. The way I see it, it’s just temporary. People from other provinces can still move around. We don’t just see China as our main source of visitors, we’re doing a aggressive promotion in Singapore and in May we will go to Germany and the Netherlands.
“So we can see that all these promotions will definitely attract visitors from other parts of the world. With the festivals we hold here, we are not just promoting in China, we are promoting worldwide,” a- he said, adding that with the easing of travel restrictions, more visitors can be expected.
Abdul Karim also informed that Sarawak had also increased its domestic flight frequencies from 562 flights to 615 flights as of April 7.
“For visitors wishing to travel directly to the southern region, they can take direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, lpoh, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi and Kota Bahru to Kuching.
“For the northern region, visitors can fly direct from Kuala Lumpur and Johor to Miri. Meanwhile, for those who are interested in visiting the central region, they can take direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang to Sibu. We anticipate there will be many more in the near future,” he said.
Also present were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Hii Chang Kee, General Manager of STB Sharzede Salleh Askor and Commercial Director of AirAsia Tan Mai Yin.
AirAsia operates a daily flight frequency between Kuching and Singapore and four times a week between Miri and Singapore. Promotional all-inclusive one-way fares are available for booking on the airasia super app starting at RM69 one-way (Kuching-Singapore) and RM79 one-way (Miri-Singapore). Book these special fares until May 1 for travel between September 12 this year and March 25, 2023.