Airlines directed to resume to normal, lower airfare following increased flight frequencies

Lee Kim Shin

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KUCHING, Jan 14: With the increase in weekly flight frequencies, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has directed all airlines to resume to normal and lower flight fares, says Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin.

The Ministry of Transport Sarawak (MOTS), he said, is currently communicating with Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOTM), Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM), and all airlines to mobilise manpower and aircraft to meet the new flight and schedule requirements.

The number of flights every week from outside Sarawak to Kuching was increased from 149 to 279 flights, Miri from 61 to 127 flights, Sibu from 45 to 83, Bintulu from 38 to 59, while Limbang and Mulu remained at seven flights per week.


“Now, it is up to the airlines to start operating on the new flight frequency and schedule starting January 14. The details are made available on MOTS’ website at mots@sarawak.gov.my.

“SDMC and MOTS strongly believe that with more flight frequencies as well as lower flight fares, the lifting of interstate travel restriction, and decline of positive Covid-19 cases in Sarawak, it will activate the revival of business, social, and tourism activities in Sarawak,” he said in a statement today.

The increased flight frequencies from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah into Sarawak was announced by SDMC yesterday, while the meeting where it was approved was held on Jan 12.

SDMC approved taking into consideration various factors such as Sarawak’s transition into the National Recovery Plan (NRP) Phase 4 on Jan 3, additional flight requests for Chinese New Year, low Covid-19 caseloads, and promoting the Sarawak tourism industry. — DayakDaily