KUCHING: MASwings will revive the Kota Kinabalu-Mulu sector by introducing a direct non-stop Kota Kinabalu-Mulu-Kota Kinabalu service, effective March 27.
“With the increase of tourist arrival into Kota Kinabalu, after its introduction as Malaysia Airline’s Eastern Hub and the commencement of direct services from KK-Haneda and KK- Kaohsiung on 15 November 2010 as well as KK-Perth on 15 Jan 2011, we believe the route will be able to meet the demand of many tourist arrivals into Kota Kinabalu continuing their journey to Mulu” said head of commercials Azlan Awang Tanjong.
Over the past month, the traffic growth from Kota Kinabalu to Mulu via Miri has increased substantially.
The introduction of this direct service is a clear commitment to assist the Government of Sarawak to make Mulu more accessible and reachable to many tourists, he added.
MASwings has been active in promoting Sabah and Sarawak worldwide through our Malaysia Airlines offices and are working alongside both states’ tourism bodies.
In addition to that, MASwings has also organized various familiarization trips for several media bodies in Peninsular Malaysia to have a first hand stay and adventure experience in Mulu.
Prior to the introduction of the direct services, tourists have to travel from Kota Kinabalu to Miri before taking a connecting flight from Miri to Mulu, which took them almost one hour 50 minutes including transit time.
The direct service will take approximately 50 minutes and the reduction in time will allow tourists more time to explore Mulu to the fullest.
The non-stop flight from Kota Kinabalu to Mulu and vice versa will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
The flight from Kota Kinabalu will depart at 12.30pm and arrive in Mulu at 1.20pm, whereas the flight from Mulu will depart at 1.45pm and arrive in Kota Kinabalu at 2.35pm.
In conjunction with the direct service, MASwings is offering special promotional fare which is on sale from now till March 21.
Fares are from RM95 one way on economy class excluding airport tax and other charges. Tickets can be purchased from Malaysia Airlines and MASwings ticketing office and call centre in Malaysia or via online at www.maswings.com.my.
The managing director of Royal Mulu Resort and Mulu Park Management, Dato’ Robert Geneid said: “I am delighted that MASwings has decided to commence a non stop direct service between Kota Kinabalu and Mulu effective March 27. Once again MASwings is taking the lead in opening up new and important sectors so vital to the success of our tourism industry. In this case, you are linking two of the hottest tourism destinations in the country and have made it easier for tourists to experience the best that Borneo has to offer” he added.
Meanwhile, MASwings also increases its flight frequency from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau and vice versa making it the fourth frequency flight which will operate three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, adding to its current frequency of three daily flights.
In Sarawak, MASwings will increase its flight frequency by adding an additional daily flight from Miri to Limbang and vice versa.
For more info on MASwings flight schedule, please log on to www.maswings.com.my or call our call centre at 1-300-88-3000.