KUCHING: MASwings recorded encouraging increases in passenger load and cargo volume in bothSarawak andSabah in the first nine months of this year, said a statement from the Transport Ministry.
It noted this was made possible following an increase of 6.4 per cent in MASwings aircraft movement, with 71,513 movements recorded from January till September compared to 67,213 movements in the corresponding period last year.
At 12,144,MiriAirportrecorded the highest number of MASwings aircraft movements.
The development projects in Tanjung Manis were stated as among the factors which led to the increase. The other factors were the increase in flight frequency, the use of ATR-72 aircrafts, Internet promotions and people going for Kaamatan, Gawai and Aidilfitri celebrations.
On passenger load, it said MASwings handled 2,279,849 (almost 2.3 million) passengers for the first nine months, an increase of 13.56 per cent compared to last year’s corresponding period.
The highest number of passengers handled was at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) – 498,821 passengers. Apart from KKIA, eight other airports and seven airfields also recorded increases of between 1.33 per cent and 33.75 per cent.
However, one airport and five airfields recorded decline in passengers handled by MASwings – between 0.48 per cent and 19.51 per cent.
In terms of cargo, MASwings handled 3,517,280kg of cargo in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 44.52 per cent compared to corresponding period last year.MiriAirporthandled the most cargo from MASwings — 826,092kg.
“MASwings is expecting further increases in passenger handling in November due to the school holidays. In the last week of December, MASwings also expects increase in passengers because Sabahans and Sarawakians would be returning to their families for Christmas celebrations,” it said.
The statement also mentioned that various initiatives would be implemented by MASwings soon to encourage more domestic and foreign tourists to visit tourist destinations in both states. The airline added that MASwings is also holding promotions in conjunction with its fourth anniversary.