Minister urges airlines to provide charter services to East Malaysia

Tiong (fourth from left) at the launch of free tickets for over 5 million AirAsia passengers recently. Photo credit: Tiong's Facebook page

KUCHING, Feb 14: Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has urged local airlines to explore and develop special chartered flights for international and domestic routes to and from East Malaysia.

He stated that AirAsia and other airlines should consider this proposal because tourists, particularly Chinese people, enjoy travelling and doing so would make Malaysia a popular destination.

“It is hoped that with the existence of these chartered flights, it can help promote Malaysia more effectively.

“This is especially for Sabah and Sarawak, which are rich in cultural and natural heritage,” he said in a statement shared on his Facebook page recently.

In the meantime, Tiong welcomed AirAsia’s initiative to introduce free flights of up to five million tickets to domestic and overseas destinations. Ticket reservations are open from Feb 10 to 19 for travel between March 1 to Dec 10, 2023.

“Besides being a key player in supporting our country’s tourism industry over the years, AirAsia also plays an important role in connecting Malaysia with the aviation network in ASEAN and other regions,” said Tiong. — DayakDaily