Tuesday, August 4

Sarawak welcomes Kuching-Melaka flight

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KUCHING: The state government has welcomed the introduction of the Kuching-Melaka flight announced by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam on Friday.

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said it was a good move to connectSarawakand Melaka because of the two states’ historical links.

“Chinese explorer Cheng Ho landed in Melaka and then came toSarawakso the connection between Melaka andSarawakis there.

“In fact, we had planned a Kuching-Melaka direct flight all this while but back then the airport in Melaka was too small. It is now time to work with Melaka Air to see further connectivity,” he told reporters after launching the Ducati Multistrada Borneo Experience 2011 yesterday.

Abang Johari said his ministry would send officers to Melaka for feasibility studies on the new route and added that the plan should materialise soon.

“We will look into the direct flight connecting Kuching and Melaka because it is a complementary effort toSarawak.

“We try to have packages as it is noted that a lot of Chinese tourists go to Melaka for its historical background,” he said.

He hoped that with enhanced air connectivity, more tourists would come toSarawak.

Mohd Ali had said there could be as many as three flights a week for the route and that it would be in the interest of both states.