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AirAsia to boost Sarawak-KL flights to 113 weekly from Nov 1


Budget airline AirAsia is set to boost flight frequency to 113 weekly flights linking KL with Sarawak destinations starting Monday (Nov 1) in a bid to ease flight congestion and reduce airfares.

Customers can book their flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Miri, Sibu, and Bintulu with all-in fares from just RM99 one way.

The flights are now available for booking on the AirAsia Super App by clicking on the ‘Flights’ icon for travel from Nov 1 until March 31, 2022.

AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat expressed his gratitude to the Sarawak State Government, the Ministry of Transport Sarawak, and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) for allowing more flights into the state.

"AirAsia will be operating a total of 113 weekly flights from the Peninsula and Sabah into Sarawak, with the assurance of the highest safety standards and protocols in place.

"This is more than double the 34 weekly flights we operate from outside of the state into Sarawak presently, and on top of the 76 weekly domestic flights we operate within Sarawak," he said in a statement today.

“Sarawak is a very important market and strategic hub for AirAsia and we look forward to returning to pre-Covid levels, if not better, when we used to have 558 weekly flights to, from, and within the State.

"AirAsia has six A320s stationed in our Kuching hub and with this positive development we will be scaling up operations and ability to provide more jobs for Sarawakians," he added.

AirAsia emphasised that promo tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and as part of its strict Covid-19 mitigation plan, only fully-vaccinated guests are accepted on AirAsia flights and self-check-in via the AirAsia Super App is mandatory.

This comes just days after Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kevin Yii criticised the high cost of flight tickets from West Malaysia to Sabah and Sarawak, saying it has burdened East Malaysians who want to travel there for work or to be reunited with their families.

In a statement three days ago, Yii said that prior to the implementation of the movement control order, two-way or return tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching would only cost between RM300 and RM500, but they had risen to more than RM1,000 on average, with some going above RM3,000.

“We have received multiple complaints from members of the public, doctors, and other frontliners who intend to travel back home for a short rest after their busy posting in hospitals in the peninsula over the peak Covid-19 period but are unable to due to the excessive price of tickets.

“Not only that, but the frequency of flights is still so limited, which may be the main reason causing the prices to go up exorbitantly.

“This is even after the assurance by the SDMC that flight frequency will be increased starting Oct 1,” he said at the time. - Mkini

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