Wednesday, July 17

Travel agent calls for long overdue direct flights between Sibu and Singapore

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SIBU: A local travel agent has called for a direct flight between Sibu and Singapore.

Travel agency owner Robert Tan said locals should press for the long overdue route now that upgrading on the Sibu Airport is near completion.

“With the upgrading of our airport due to complete in September, we had better start to negotiate for this direct flight,” he said.

He proposed that a low-cost airline service the route.

“Why not Tiger Airways?” he asked and urged the government to begin negotiations with the Singapore-based low-cost carrier.

According to Tan, there should be load factor for the route as there is an increasing number of Sibu folk studying or working in Singapore.

There are currently four daily direct flights between Kuching and Singapore run by SilkAir, Tiger Airways, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia.

“There is not a single direct flight between Sibu and Singapore,” lamented Tan, who added that the upgraded Sibu Airport should enhance air connectivity for Sibu.

He said efforts should be made to ensure the airport is not a white elephant but a boon for the Sibu tourism industry.