Friday, May 11, 2007

New flight to Philippines from Sandakan

A new flight between Sandakan and Zamboanga City is set to pick up pace to promote tourism and trade in the East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region.

The first flight of the Asian Spirit was inaugurated on Friday when the plane brought in airline officials to the welcome of local Sandakan folks led by Sandakan Municipal Council president Yeo Boon Hai.

The one-hour-forty-minute flight is introduced on Mondays and Fridays at a promotional fare of RM240 with the frequency expected to be increased to thrice weekly with an additional flight on Wednesdays.

Asian Spirt vice-president Meg Obejab said the YS11 aircraft could accommodate 60 passengers.

New destination: Asian Spirit which now flies twice weekly between Sandakan and Zamboanga City.
“We are confident that the air sector will grow in view of the volume of travel between people in the two areas,” he added.

In welcoming Asian Spirit, Yeo said the air link would further boost trade ties and tourism for both sides.

He said it was another milestone in bilateral ties between Zamboanga City and Sandakan.

“We in Sandakan and Zam-boanga are like brothers and sisters.

“This flight will enhance the relationship between the two sister cities,” added Yeo.

He said he was happy that Asian Spirit had decided to pick Sandakan as it latest international destination.

Asian Spirit is the latest airlines to fly the sector but earlier players have since seized operations due to high operating cost and permit problems.

Source : STAR
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