Quick hops to Brunei, Pontianak this year
By Roy Goh
KOTA KINABALU: The country's commuter airline in Sabah and Sarawak, MASwings, is set to expand its operations to Brunei and Kalimantan by October.
The Malaysia Airlines subsidiary is waiting for approval to fly from here to Brunei and from Kuching to Pontianak, Indonesia.
Its managing director, Datuk Capt Mohd Nawawi Awang, said the company had studied the routes and would begin flying them as soon as it got the Transport Ministry's green light.
"We hope to fly the Kota Kinabalu-Brunei route in July, followed by Kuching-Mulu-Brunei and finally, Kuching-Pontianak by October," he said at a sponsorship presentation ceremony to the state Unduk Ngadau organising committee here yesterday.
"The company is looking at a twice a day schedule to Brunei and Pontianak."
He added that MASwings also planned to fly to other routes within an hour in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area.
Nawawi also announced the company's "Wings of Love" outreach programme to assist the Sabah and Sarawak governments to promote tourism, education, welfare, environmental, community and cultural programmes.
The Unduk Ngadau is a beauty pageant and the main event of the state's Pesta Kaamatan (Harvest Festival), which falls on Monday and Tuesday.
It is the first of many state programmes that MASwings planned to assist in.
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