AirAsia increases connectivity to Sarawak from Kota Kinabalu

Photo Caption:  (Second from left to right) Sarawak Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer, Puan Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak Tuan Hii Chang Kee; AirAsia Director of Government Relations Zamani Rafique; Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Sibu Municipal Council Chairman, Datuk Tiong Thai King and Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad Manager in Sibu, Zainudin Abdul Nasir at the AirAsia Kota-Kinabalu-Sibu flight celebration at Sibu Airport.

Photo Caption: (Second from left to right) Sarawak Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer, Puan Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak Tuan Hii Chang Kee; AirAsia Director of Government Relations Zamani Rafique; Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Sibu Municipal Council Chairman, Datuk Tiong Thai King and Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad Manager in Sibu, Zainudin Abdul Nasir at the AirAsia Kota-Kinabalu-Sibu flight celebration at Sibu Airport.

SIBU, 29 January 2019 - AirAsia celebrated its new Kota Kinabalu-Sibu route today following the recent commencement of the commercial service aimed at further increasing connectivity to Sarawak.

The celebration flight departed Kota Kinabalu International Airport at 6.40pm and landed in Sibu at 8.00pm where it was received by with Sarawak Tourism Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and AirAsia Director of Government Relations Zamani Rafique.

AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said, “We are pleased to kick off 2019 with our new commercial service from Kota Kinabalu to Sibu and Bintulu. Last year, we flew 1.2 million guests to and from Sibu and over 669,000 guests in and out of Bintulu. We are committed to improving the connectivity between Sarawak and Sabah and with the additional twice daily direct flights from Kota Kinabalu, we foresee the number of visitors to both Sibu and Bintulu increasing significantly, further boosting connectivity between second-tier cities in East Malaysia.

“We wish to thank the Minister of Transport and the federal government following the Cabinet’s approval for these commercial flight operations. We also wish to extend our gratitude to both Sabah and Sarawak state governments and tourism boards for their continuous support and hope to work together with them towards the viability of these sectors.”

AirAsia now operates to four destinations from Sibu - Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu - with 90 one-way flights weekly, and to three destinations from Bintulu - Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu - with 56 one-way flights per week.

To celebrate the new service, AirAsia is offering all-in-fares from RM59* from Sibu to Kota Kinabalu on airasia.com and the AirAsia mobile app from now until 3 February 2019 for immediate travel to 31 July 2019.

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* Promotional all-in-fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes and fees. Fare shown are for BIG members only. Terms and conditions apply.