Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wanted: More flights to Aussie cities

PUTRAJAYA: More flights to Australia are being sought, with the focus on Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the present landing rights in those cities had been exhausted.

“We have no problem operating in Australia except for four cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth - where we have utilised most of our landing rights granted under our bilateral agreement.

“We are waiting for the Australian government to respond,” he said after his ministry's post-Cabinet meeting.

Fly Asian Xpress is planning to operate long-haul flights to Europe, China, India and Australia under its long-haul branding, AirAsia X, in the second half of this year

On the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Chan said he would meet his Singapore counterpart soon on AirAsia's plans to service the route.

On the double-track rail project from Ipoh to Padang Besar, the minister said the Government had not made a final decision, as the social impact study was pending.

At the last Cabinet Committee on Public Transportation meeting in November, MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd made their presentations on the project, which is to be carried out as a Private Funding Initiative under the 9th Malaysia Plan.

Source : STAR

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