Minister hopes to resolve air connectivity problems soon

KUCHING: Talks are still ongoing to resolve Sarawak’s air connectivity problems and Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg is hopeful of a conclusion soon.

Johari disclosed that he attended a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to discuss the issue but declined to reveal any details.

“This is a complicated matter. It requires strong support and good cooperation between Kuching and Kuala Lumpur.

“Give me time, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” he told reporters after launching the Kuching Division Bumiputra Taxi Association’s executive taxi service here yesterday.

Johari said there was a need to review the Kuala Lumpur-Kuching route because the existing flights were insufficient during festive occasions.

“In the last couple of days, the flights were all full.

“This means that during festive seasons we need more flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching because there is a lot of passenger movement.

“Furthermore, the first-term school holidays will be here after this, which means that there is a market for passengers travelling to Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

In addition, Johari said air connectivity to international destinations also had to be improved to cater to people travelling abroad for holidays and incoming tourists from other countries.

“We cannot plan to bring in more tourists from places like the Middle East unless we resolve our connectivity problem first,” he said.

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