Transport Ministry, AirAsia discuss potential drone deliveries for rural logistics in Sarawak

Lee (fourth right) receiving a memento from Voo (centre) at the former's office in Bangunan Baitul Makmur I, Petra Jaya on June 24, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, June 25: Sarawak Ministry of Transport and Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia have held a discussion on the potential integration of drone technologies for rural logistics in Sarawak.

Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin said AirAsia would conduct a detailed briefing on the proposed cargo drone operations and Proof of Concept (POC) at a later date.


He said during the meeting he also suggested AirAsia increase the frequency of Kuching-Miri flights due to high demand.

He also expressed interest in AirAsia’s cooperation to enhance Sarawak’s international connectivity, including potential routes to Perth in Australia, Guangzhou in China, and Balikpapan in Kalimantan.

“The Ministry of Transport, Sarawak believes that with active engagement with the airlines, it will develop better cooperation in solving air mobility issues, passenger experience and thus increase the sustainability of people and goods movement in Sarawak.

“Most importantly, we move together in developing the aviation industry in Sarawak towards a resilient, sustainable, and competitive industry,” said Lee in a statement yesterday (June 24).

Representing AirAsia were AirAsia Deputy Group CEO (Flight Operations) Datuk Captain Chester Voo, and AirAsia Government Relations representatives in Sarawak Hamdan Mohamad, Captain Yuzairil, Aziza Ariffin, and Allaister Vyner.

Also present were Sarawak Ministry of Transport permanent secretary Datu Wong Hee Sieng, Ministry Head of Aviation Division Zulkarnain Rosli, and special officer Mohammad Faez. — DayakDaily