Malindo Air discontinues Sibu and Miri sectors due to low load factor

SIBU: Low-cost carrier Malindo Air has stopped flying to Sibu and Miri via Kuala Lumpur.

Distribution manager Yogananthan Muniandy, when contacted, said its Sibu sector had ceased operations effective June 2 while the Miri one, two months ago.

Both sectors were introduced slightly over a year ago.

When asked the reasons for the terminations, he said it was due to low load factor resulting from stiff competition with other airlines.

“Our Kuching sector runs between two and four flights daily depending on the season,” Yogananthan said.

Meanwhile Sarawak Central Region Hotel Association chairman Johnny Wong was sad over the development.

He attributed it to the lack of tourism products that in turn, resulted in fewer tourists coming to the town.

“When you do not have enough tourism spots, airlines will suffer due to low volume. If you have them, then people will fly here.

“Take China for example.

“Why is it that people want to go there?

“In China, there are many things to see and this naturally attracted millions of visitors,” he said.

Wong, who offered eco-tourism packages to longhouses in the Upper Rajang in the early 1990s, said foreign tourists were no longer fascinated by modern long- houses.

“You can now even find parabolic dishes in longhouses, land lines and electrical appliances.

“These are a turn-off to visitors as they only want to see traditional longhouses — those that are still with rural settings,” he added.

Wong hoped that local travel agents would create something extraordinary that would excite tourists to visit the town.

“Do not promote too much of kampua mee or kompia as nowadays, these items are available in other places such as Perth, Australia.

“Instead, come up with something that is very rare — only then people would come here,” he added.

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