MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) will focus more on Asia-Pacific destinations to further enhance operations of its eastern hubs.
The inter-Asia passenger flow had registered a 3.9% increase in early 2002. With the long-term annual gross domestic product growth of the region forecast at 6.2% compared to the world average of 3.1%, the prospects look good, it said in a statement on Saturday.
In doing so, MAS planned to use other hubs in Sabah and Sarawak and northern peninsular Malaysia to support the KL International Airport in Sepang because these airports were strategic from both the commercial and socio-economic viewpoints.
Kota Kinabalu and Kuching were at the doorstep of potential destinations like fast growing China and the vast and populous hinterland of the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area.
These two airports were also well positioned to tap the natural air traffic flow in terms of intra Asia travel as well as for the external long haul flights.
MAS said it had plans to increase frequencies into Kota Kinabalu linking it to the Orient such as Hong Kong, Canton, Shanghai, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Seoul and Tokyo. Bernama