KUCHING: The number of flights into Sarawak has been reduced effective Friday (Jan 15) in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the state.
State Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the state disaster management committee decided to reduce the flight frequency after considering requests from its divisional committees, the limited number of hotel rooms available for quarantine purposes, and the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases.
Moreover, he said a conditional movement control order was imposed in Kuching and Miri from Jan 13 to 16 while Sibu will be placed under MCO from Jan 16 to 29.
According to the latest flight schedule, the number of flights into Kuching has been reduced to 12 weekly from Kuala Lumpur and once a week from Singapore
Flights into Miri have been reduced to four a week from Kuala Lumpur and Labuan while Sibu will have two flights a week from Kuala Lumpur.
For Bintulu, the flight frequency is reduced to four a week from Kuala Lumpur while Limbang will have one weekly flight from Kota Kinabalu.
Lee said his ministry had informed Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo and MASwings of the new flight schedule.
"For overall flight schedule planning, each airline is given a different flight timing so that it will have a better passenger load for its flights.
"This is also critical to assist the airlines in going through the challenging period of the Covid-19 pandemic," he said in a statement on Friday.
He reminded the airlines to only sell tickets based on the latest approved schedule in order to provide reliable air connectivity to Sarawak.
He also advised the public to purchase flight tickets based on the approved schedule, which is available at the ministry's website at mot.sarawak.gov.my.
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