No cancellation of flights at KKIA


KOTA KINABALU: There was no cancellation of flights at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here despite the allegation made by Global Upline Sdn Bhd (GUSB) that the KKIA runway was unsafe.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun told the press yesterday that all the airlines operating at KKIA have continued to express their confidence in the safety level of the airport by continuing with their operations here.

“I guarantee that there is no problem (with the runway) and that it is safe, just like other airports in Asia,” he said.

He added that the statement from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) recently should be enough to dispel worries on the condition of KKIA.

“Airports all over the world are monitored by a world body and each country is represented by a regulatory body. In Malaysia, it is the DCA,” he said.

He also said that the international body and airlines required high safety standards and the fact that KKIA still have airlines operating here was testimony of its high standard of compliance.

Masidi then warned that the issuance of such statement (by GUSB) could cripple the State’s economy.

On another note, Masidi mentioned that the Sabah Performing Arts Centre, formerly the Sabah Cultural Centre, in Donggongon near here will be open by middle of next year.

He disclosed that the government had forked out RM6 million for work that is currently being carried out at the centre. Once completed, the centre will be equipped with quality audio system making it conducive for events like symphonies, orchestras and musical dramas.