LCCT will be good for Sarawak, says CM

Abang Johari (in yellow apron) helps to stir a giant pot of 'bubur lambuk' before distributing it to the village folks.

KUCHING, June 2: Sarawak is ready to invest in a low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) here as such a venture will be good for the state’s tourism sector.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who said this at a ‘bubur lambuk’ distribution event in Kampung Bintangor here today, was, however, tight-lipped on the exact location of the proposed LCCT and other related details.

All he was prepared to say at the moment was that with an LCCT, top budget airline AirAsia could reduce airfares and introduce more international routes to and from Sarawak.

“We want to expand our state’s connectivity with other domestic and international destinations. This will boost our tourism potential,” he said.

In February this year, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the proposed LCCT here was estimated to cost between RM200 million and RM300 million.

He added that AirAsia was ready to go ahead with the project once the Sarawak government gave its approval.

AirAsia flew about three million passengers to Sarawak last year. Kuching International Airport has a maximum capacity of about five million passengers. — DayakDaily