Wednesday, October 23

Cebu Pacific Air seeks to expand operations in Malaysia

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KUCHING: Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air of thePhilippines would seek to expand its international routes in the country by making Kuching its next stop afterKuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Datuk Rashid Khan said yesterday.

NEW ENTRY: A Cebu Pacific Air’s ATR 72-500 aircraft is among the airline’s current 35-plane fleet. According to Rashid, STB will facilitate and assist the airline in offering its service in this capital city of Sarawak.

He said STB would facilitate and assist the airline in offering its service in this capital city of Sarawak.

“We welcome you (Cebu Pacific Air) and hope to work together towards a win-win situation and, particularly, in promoting the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia,  Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region,” he said in a statement.

Rashid said a delegation from Cebu Pacific Air, led by its international sales and distribution systems manager Leopoldo B Coronel, together with officers from the Philippine Tourism Department called on him on Saturday and expressed their interest to expand the airline’s operation to Kuching. According to the Cebu Pacific Air website, the airline launched its international operations in November 2001.

It now serves Bangkok,  Busan, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta,  Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei. The airline has 27 Airbus (10 units of A319 and 17 units of A320) and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft, says the portal. — Bernama