Sarawak discussing direct flights between Shengzhen, Guangzhou to Kuching by 2024 with Southern China Airlines

Lee (sixth right) together with the delegation in a group photo with Zainun Ali (seventh right), MAHB board members and management staff during their visit.

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KUCHING, Sept 22: Sarawak is discussing the possibility of direct flights from Shengzhen or Guangzhou to Kuching by 2024 with Southern China Airlines.

Ministry of Transport Sarawak (MOTS) in a statement today said the matter was deliberated by its minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin, with Southern China Airlines general manager in Kuala Lumpur Eric Wong, during the delegation’s visit to Southern China Airlines at Plaza OCK building in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 20.

According to the ministry, the connectivity route is proposed due to the increasing volume of China’s investment and business in Sarawak as well as tourism activities with China total opening up after the Covid-19 pandemic and vice versa.

Meanwhile, Lee together with the delegates also held a meeting with the Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) board chairman Tan Sri Datuk Zainun Ali, board members and senior management staff regarding the ministry’s request to MAHB previously.

During the meeting, he highlighted on Sarawak Airport issues especially Kuching International Airport, including Airports in Sibu, Bintulu, and Miri, including some of the smaller Airports such as Mulu Airport and those STOLports connected by Rural Air Service (RAS).

He emphasised that the issues were quite pertinent in promoting Sarawak as an important tourism and investment hub.

At the meeting, Zainun Ali also assured that her team will do their best to support the upgrading of Sarawak’s airports. — DayakDaily