Sarawak SDMC approves 562 flights weekly starting today

By BERNAMA / Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

KUCHING, Jan 14 — Flight frequency to major destinations in Sarawak has been increased to 562 weekly effective today following the approval of the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), State Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin said.

With the increase, flight frequency from outside Sarawak to Kuching would be increased to 279 weekly, Miri (127), Sibu (83), Bintulu (59), Limbang (seven) and Mulu (seven).

“Now it is up to the airlines to start operating on the new flight frequency. With this increase in flight frequency, SDMC has directed all airlines to resume normal and lower flight fare,” he said in a statement today.

He said the approval was given after SDMC took into consideration various factors that include Sarawak having progressed to Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan, more flight requests due to the Chinese New Year celebration and a low number of new COVID-19 cases in the state.

This approval also took into account that international travellers going to Sarawak through Peninsular Malaysia would have to be quarantined in Kuala Lumpur, besides promoting Sarawak tourism industry.