Minister anticipates AirAsia’s Singapore-Sibu flight increase starting Dec 16 to ease demand

Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin

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KUCHING, Nov 9: Minister of Transport Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin has welcomed AirAsia’s confirmation of its flights for the Singapore-Sibu route increasing to four times weekly starting Dec 16, as this will meet demand including from cargo and business travellers heading to Sarawak.

In addition, AirAsia has also increased the number of flights for the Singapore-Miri route from four to five times weekly starting this month. The flights operate every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Lee said this good news came following a visit to Singapore from Oct 31 to Nov 1, which included a courtesy call on the Republic’s Transport Minister S Iswaran, where they discussed collaboration in transportation matters and the opening of new flight routes between Singapore and Sarawak.

“It is very timely for the flight operation between Singapore and Sibu as this is also a manifestation of the airlines and other big corporations’ confidence in Sarawak, especially on what Sarawak can provide and offer the big industry players as the preferred business and leisure one-stop destination to the business community.

“We believe that with the opening of this new route between Singapore and Sibu, the distance, time and comfort of doing business will be less of a hassle especially if we need to bring in cargo or business travellers from overseas via Singapore to Sibu. Travelling time and expenses will be much reduced compared to transiting in Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a statement today.

AirAsia’s Singapore-Sibu flight is now open for booking through its website. Flights operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

On another note, Lee added that Scoot Tigerair had also increased their flights from Singapore to Miri from two to three times weekly starting Nov 1. The flights operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

He thanked the Ministry of Transport Singapore, AirAsia Berhad and Scoot Tigerair Pte Ltd for the confidence they have in Sarawak.

“We also like to thank our Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office in Singapore (Statos), Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, Federal Ministry of Transport, Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), Sarawak Tourism Board and Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) for the support and working with us in trying to get and give better air connectivity to business travellers, visitors and tourists to Sarawak,” he added. — DayakDaily