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KUCHING, Nov 26: Sarawak will increase flight frequency into the State from 223 to 307 flights weekly starting Dec 11.
Minister of Transport Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin said that the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has approved the request after considering several factors including the limited number of available flights, high ticket prices, public requests, as well as the upcoming 12th Sarawak Election and the festive holidays of Christmas and New Year.
“All airlines are to confirm their flight schedules through AeroFile to MAVCOM (Malaysia Aviation Commission), to mobilise their manpower and aircraft to suit the new flight and schedule requirements.
“My ministry has informed this decision to the Federal Ministry of Transport, MAVCOM, and airlines so as to ensure the new flight frequency can be executed as planned,” he said in a statement today.
With increased flights, Lee hopes the price of airfare will drop while urging airlines to play their part in lowering the prices to make flying more accessible and affordable during this challenging period.
He also advised travellers to plan their travels wisely and well ahead, especially to get cheaper airfare with advanced bookings.
“As Sarawak is still working on controlling the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to remind all airlines, travellers, and passengers coming into the State to comply strictly with the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by authorities such as Ministry of Health (MOH), National Security Council (NSC), and SDMC.
“This is very important to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our community,” he said.— DayakDaily