Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said the new destinations were Jakarta, Bali, Bandar Seri Begawan and Singapore.
The Kuching-Jakarta flight commenced on Tuesday while Kuching-Bali will begin on May 2 and Kuching-Bandar Seri Begawan on June 12. The Kuching-Singapore flight will follow later.
Wong said the increased connectivity would boost Sarawak’s tourist industry by enabling more visitors to fly to the state.
“With the new regional flights, we can tap into the foreign tourist market.
“For example, there are many Australian tourists in Bali and they can extend their holiday by coming here on the new AirAsia flight,” he said during a media appreciation night organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board and Sarawak Convention Bureau here on Tuesday night.
He called on tour operators and other industry players to work together with the airline to ensure the new routes could be sustained.
He also urged the media to help promote Sarawak to other parts of the world.
Source : STAR
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