AirAsia to look into establishing Singapore-Sibu route after reaching 100 pct operation capacity

Riad Asmat

By Nur Ashikin Louis

SINGAPORE, Sept 15: AirAsia will relook into the proposal to establish a direct flight between Singapore and Sibu once its airline operations has return back to 100 per cent capacity.

AirAsia Malaysia chief executive officer Riad Asmat said presently, the airline is only utilising 60 per cent of its total aircrafts.

“Once I get those back, then we can start spreading more (flights) and in terms of our resources, that (Sibu-Singapore route) is probably one of the areas that we definitely will relook or look into,” he told Malaysian reporters when met after a ceremony to celebrate the return of AirAsia operations to Changi Airport T4 here today.

On May 9, Sarawak Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin said AirAsia is looking into the viability of having a new Sibu-Singapore round trip route following requests from people in the State’s central region.

Presently, Sarawak already has direct routes to Singapore from Miri and Kuching.

At the same time, Riad also expressed his hope that the existing fleet of about 90 aircraft allocated to AirAsia Malaysia will all be up and running by next year.

He also disclosed that prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, AirAsia was operating up to 88 aircraft daily. — DayakDaily