Monday, April 16, 2007

Sarawak can’t wait for FireFly

The Sarawak Government will welcome FireFly with open arms. It hopes the low-cost national carrier would accept Fly Asian Xpress’ (FAX) offer to hand over the rural air service as soon as possible.

State Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Development and Communications, Lee Kim Shin said the government was desperate to restore normalcy to the rural air service, particularly routes to Mulu National Park, Sarawak’s tourism crown jewel.

“As a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, FireFly can ensure better connectivity between cities and towns and rural destinations.

“Passengers coming to Sarawak using MAS and going to the rural areas using FireFly will not face seat-booking problems because they can handle everything at one go through MAS.

“Northern Sarawak, especially Mulu, has suffered sharp decline in tourist arrivals because of connectivity problems,” he said yesterday.

Lee was commenting on reports over the past few days that FAX wanted to hand over the rural air service in Sabah and Sarawak to FireFly so that it could focus on longer haul routes.

Source : STAR
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