SARAWAK wants the federal government to explore the possibility of turning MASWings into a regional airline not only for the rural air services in Sarawak and Sabah but also within the Bimp-Eaga region and beyond following the collaboration between Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia.
State Tourism and Heritage Minister, Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, said an alternative regional connectivity would fill the vacuum left by MAS' unit, Firefly, which was expected to cancel all its current flights to Sarawak with the proposed air rationalisation exercise.
"The Sarawak government is ready, through my ministry, to try its best to position the tools that can enhance the tourism industry's growth because we want do not want to be left behind," he said at the MAS/MASWings Hari Raya open house here yesterday.
Abang Johari said MASWings, whose rural air operations in Sabah and Sarawak were being subsidised by the government until its contract ceased in 2017, could take up the challenge to become a competitor to other airlines.
Currently, MASWings operates with a fleet of 10 ATR aircraft and four Twin Otters.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
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