LABUAN: Talks to establish flights from Labuan to Singapore with a brief transit in Kuala Lumpur are still on-going, said Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Rozman Isli yesterday.
Speaking to the media after launching the ‘Fly In and Tee Off Package’ by MASwings and Labuan Corporation, he said that he had raised the matter with Malindo Air, where they are considering taking on the Labuan-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore-Labuan sector.
“I did suggest the idea last time since we have many expatriates here working in the oil and gas sector and in the international financial industry here who need better and more convenient air connection to go abroad from this island.
“I can see the demand is there and the air traffic is potentially high for the Labuan-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore sector. The transit in Kuala Lumpur may only take around 45 minutes and the management in Malindo Air is now studying the possibility to operate in the sector. They are also waiting for flights to operate the new route of Kota Kinabalu-Labuan-Kota Kinabalu.
“If the sector is commenced then we can cooperate in terms of tourism industry between Labuan and Singapore,” he said, adding that the Labuan-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore air sector was a good start for Labuan Airport to be turned into an international airport.
Meanwhile, the head of MASwings Marketing Unit, Shauqi Ahmad, said that the Fly In and Tee Off Package started from RM1,009 per pax, which is designed for golfers flying from Kota Kinabalu, Miri and Kuching to play golf at Labuan International Golf Club and stay at partner hotels here, namely Dorsett Grand Labuan, Billion Waterfront Hotel and Palm Beach Resort Labuan.
“This is a new package for golfers initiated by MASwings with the cooperation of Labuan Corporation and travel agents since we found out that many of the tourists from China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other countries coming to Sabah are interested to play golf at different golf courses in the state.
“We came up with the idea to promote Labuan through golf by creating this package,” he said, adding that there are five flights weekly between Kota Kinabalu and Labuan which is the highest traffic for MASwings to connect Labuan with both Sabah and Sarawak, all three of which have many interesting golf courses for foreign visitors to play golf.
When asked for Labuan to share more of the influx of tourists from China, Korea, Taiwan and other countries to Sabah, Shauqi said that when there is demand for a destination then they would sit down for discussion.
He disclosed that they were discussing with Labuan Corporation to come up with another package to promote Labuan.
Besides the package launching, a friendly golf tournament in conjunction with the Federal Territory Day was also held.
Also present was chief executive officer of Labuan Corporation, Datuk Mohd Nadzri Osman.