Tuesday October 16, 2012
Air link at planning stage
KUCHING: Sarawak and Sabah are still having discussions with the Federal Government on the proposed launch of a new airline, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), to improve air accessibility to both states.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said both states were keen to buy majority shares in the new airline to enable them to plan ahead to improve their air accessibility besides wanting to have more flexible connections with other airlines that are serving the region.
“Both states would like to have routes that allow them to land in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and other cities where they can find feeding points from Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Brunei Darussalam,” he told foreign journalists based in Doha on the sidelines of a two-day investment forum in the Qatar’s capital last week.
He was happy that Sarawak and Sabah were being served increasingly by low-budget airlines, connecting Peninsular Malaysia with Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Kota Kinabalu.
Taib was leading an investment mission to Doha to lure investments, which was more within the ambit of interests in the Middle East, namely in the production of food at the 77,000ha Tanjung Manis Halal Hub.
He also assured that the state government could arrange for technology partners to participate in its development. — Bernama