KOTA KINABALU: Hong Kong Express and Mandarin Airlines will begin direct flights to Sabah, said State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.
He said Hong Kong Express would ply the HK-Kota Kinabalu route while Mandarin Airlines the Taipei-Kota Kinabalu route.
“The new flights are expected to boost tourists from the two nations to Sabah. For the Taiwanese, we hope the visa-free privileges will create more interest among them to come here,” Masidi said after a briefing on Sabah Fest 2011 yesterday.
Hong Kong Express is a unit of Hong Kong Airlines while Mandarin Airlines is China Airlines’ regional and domestic subsidiary.
Masidi said while Hong Kong Express had confirmed plans to fly twice a week for the route, Mandarin Airlines was still in discussions over the landing rights.
Earlier this month, a local daily quoted Hong Kong Airlines sales manager for Malaysia, David Wooi, as saying the maiden flight would depart at 12.05pm on April 22 from Hong Kong Airport and arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport at 3.05pm the same day. — Bernama