Saturday, December 7

MASwings introduces new rural routes servicing Sarawak, Sabah

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KUCHING: Regional community airline MASwings is introducing new routes under its Rural Area Services (RAS), effective Oct 25, as part of its corporate social obligation in providing air connectivity across Sarawak and Sabah.

The six new RAS routes are Bario-Be Kalalan at the frequency of once weekly, Limbang-Lawas (twice weekly), Mukah-Bintulu (twice weekly), Mukah-Sibu (four times weekly), Mukah-Tanjung Manis (seven times weekly) and Kota Kinabalu-Limbang (thrice weekly).

According to MASwings head of commercial Shauqi Ahmad, it is hoped that with more direct flights, it would help provide convenience to travellers going in and out of these destinations and at the same time, boost the tourism industry of both states.

“The new services should help open up new avenues of economic development in our rural touch points,” he said in a press statement issued in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

MASwings began operations in Sabah and Sarawak in October 2007 – this month marks it eighth anniversary. To date, it is the only carrier that provides the rural communities in Borneo with air connectivity, as part of its commitment to support the government’s aspiration for continuous economic growth and development in Sarawak and Sabah.

The rural air service provider continues to invest on improving the connectivity across the Sarawak and Sabah outback, where there are many villages not reachable via the main roads.

Passengers can now plan and book for their journey bound for any of the afore-mentioned destinations through MASwings/ Malaysia Airlines ticketing offices, or at any appointed travel agent nationwide.

Bookings can also be made from now onwards via Malaysia Airlines’ 24-hour call centre at toll-free number 1-300-88-3000.

For more information on fares and flight schedules, visit www.maswings.com.my.