KOTA KINABALU: Philippine Airlines (PAL) will begin its thrice-weekly flights from Zamboanga to the state capital here starting March 31,2020.
The introduction of the route is seen as good news for the business community, trading fraternity and leisure travellers, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
"I have been looking forward to this inaugural PAL flight from Zamboanga to Kota Kinabalu since the proposal was made last year, when a delegation from PAL paid a courtesy call to me.
"The move is timely as it ties in well with Visit Malaysia Year 2020," said the state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 29).
PAL will be using the 86-seater Bombardier Q400 aircraft for the route.
Earlier, Liew received a courtesy call from the BIMP-EAGA Malaysia Business Council (BEBC) Sabah chapter.
She commended the state chapter for its initiative and persistence to ensure that the inaugural flight becomes a reality.
Liew added that the aircraft will be given a water salute upon arrival at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) on March 31, while the passengers of the maiden flight will be given a traditional welcome by the Sabah Tourism Board's cultural troupe.