Saturday, 12 August 2017

Kuching-Hong Kong flight may be revived, says Abdul Karim

SIBU: Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports will need to look into the reasons for the termination of Kuching-Hong Kong direct flight before deciding whether to revive the route.

Flights between Kuching and Hong Kong operated by Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) were cancelled in February this year.

“We will need to see why HK direct flight was terminated. If it were low load problem, then it might not be worthwhile to pursue its revival. If the demand for this sector is big, we will definitely try to revive it…,” the Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, was asked if his ministry had any plan to look into the possibility of resuming Kuching-Hong Kong direct flight.

HKA had been providing HK-Kuching direct flight service since May 28 last year after Sarawak Tourism Board and HKA signed an agreement on Jan 21, 2016.

The inaugural flight was on May 28, 2016 and the route was served by a fleet of 174-seat Airbus A320s.

The twice-weekly flight was on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a return trip on the following day.

Sarawak has been trying to promote business and tourism by providing direct flights connectivity linking Kuching to other overseas cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong, Abdul Karim said. -TheBorneoPost

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