M’sian aviation authority, Transport Ministry to look into upgrading Bario twin otter aircraft passenger load

Voo (second right) receiving a memento from Lee.

KUCHING, March 25: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and the Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT) are looking into increasing the maximum passenger load of the Bario twin otter aircraft from nine to 19 persons safely.

Minister of Transport Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin said the Ministry of Transport Sarawak (MOTS) was briefed about CAAM and MOT’s recent visit to the Bario STOLport (short take-off and landing airport).

This was one of the subject matters discussed during CAAM’s courtesy call to MOTS yesterday.

“The main purpose of their courtesy visit was to establish a close rapport and strong relationship with MOTS and the Sarawak government.

“The good relationship is vital to efficiently facilitate and resolve airport and air transportation safety issues, including regulations in Sarawak,” said Lee in a statement today.

He said the visit was also to make sure CAAM is well prepared to support the Sarawak government in the reopening its border starting April 1, where a high volume of cargoes and passengers are expected.

In addition, CAAM conveyed its full support to the Sarawak government regarding aviation safety in developing new airports, namely in Lawas, Bukit Mabong, and Bebuling.

Lee said the Sarawak government through MOTS always welcomes the cooperation and support from CAAM in ensuring aviation safety in Sarawak when transitioning into the endemic stage.

Among those present at the courtesy call were CAAM chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Captain Chester Voo Chee Soon, CAAM Sarawak director Sio Yew Hua, and CAAM head office senior officer Ivy Goh. — DayakDaily