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2017 went out with a bang for AirAsia with the introduction of two additional flights into Sarawak – from Shenzhen to Kuching and Singapore to Bintulu.

The inaugural direct Shenzhen Kuching flight, which arrived at the Kuching International Airport just before 8am on Dec 27, was greeted with bursts of water froma “water cannon” at the parking bay area. A ceremonious Sarawakian welcome ensued for the passengers.

Passengers on the maiden Singapore-Bintulu flight, which touched down at 11am the same day, were greeted with no less warmth and celebration.

Passengers on both flights were led by an entourage top government officials and AirAsia Berhad head honchos.

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While both flights will certainly help boost international connectivity and improve the tourism industry in East Malaysia, AirAsia Berhad’s head of commercial Spencer Lee said the direct flights reiterate the airline’s commitment towards expanding its Sarawak market.

“So far this year, we have flown 4.8million guests in and out of Sarawak, which is 12.1% more than in 2016, with Chinese and Singaporeans in the top five nationalities.

“We hope the new routes will foster the number of visitors into Sarawak in 2018,” Lee said, adding that this can only happen with the continuous support from the Sarawak state government and tourism authorities.

Meanwhile, in expressing his gratitude to AirAsia for the new routes, Sarawak Tourism Board chairman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz said, “they augur well for the development of the tourism industry in Sarawak, and we hope and look forward to more international connectivity in the years to come”.

IMPROVED CONNECTIVITY

AirAsia flies to 12 destinations from Kuching, including Shenzhen, Singapore, Pontianak, Miri, Sibu, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Baru, Kota Baru, Penang, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur. From Bintulu, the airline flies to three destinations, namely, Singapore, Kuching and Kuala Lumpur.

For more information, activities and promotions of the world’s best low-cost airline, which was recognised as the leading airline operator by the Sarawak state government in 2017 (at the Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Award 2015/2016), visit AirAsia on Twitter or Facebook.

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