SIBU: The Singapore-Sibu-Singapore route by AirAsia has been extended to March 2024.
Flying four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, the service that was launched on Dec 16, last year, was supposed to end on Oct 27.
"AirAsia has extended the service to the end of March next year but I would like to urge the airlines and Sarawak Transport Ministry to have this sector operate on a permanent basis (rather than on block basis)," said Bukit Assek assemblyman Joseph Chieng on Friday (Aug 25).
He reasoned that with permanent flight, travellers which include businessmen, entrepreneurs and members of the non-governmental organisations could have a long-term planning for their activities.
"More international visitors would also be attracted to the central region of Sarawak if we have a permanent flight," he added.
Chieng was speaking to reporters after presenting an award of RM2,000 to violin world champion Imran Azim Iskandar.
He said response to this line has been good, according to AirAsia records.
"The lowest passenger load was 62.35% in March which was still ok. The highest was in December 2022 with 72.58% passenger load," he added.
Imran, a Form 5 student of SMK Bukit Assek here has created history by bagging the violin world champion title in the classical category of the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in the United States recently.
He also won a silver medal each in the contemporary and original works categories as well as a bronze medal each in the jazz and open categories.
About 70 countries took part in the competition.