Kuching-Shenzhen and Bintulu-Singapore are among the two new air routes created by AirAsia out of Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo.
AirAsia Bhd, the world’s best low-cost airline for nine times in a row, is due to launch its first international route from Bintulu, Sarawak to Singapore.
In a statement here, the airline said the introduction of the new unique route was in line with its continuous expansion plan in Sarawak.
“Sarawak is ranked among the most popular investment destinations in Malaysia for Chinese companies and with the largest investment on steel and renewable energy for the state coming from China, we believe the new route will strengthen and open up other possible opportunities for international trade, foreign direct investments (FDIs), e-commerce and more thus empowering the state’s economy further,” said AirAsia head of commercial Spencer Lee in a statement.
Bintulu is an important centre for oil and gas and port activities. For tourists, the city is the gateway to Similajau National Park, Lambir Hills National Park and Niah National Park. The Borneo International Kite Festival is also held annually in town.
“Moreover, the new route, which brings us a step closer to establish Kuching as a regional hub, is in line with the government’s effort to improve the tourism sector and flight connectivity in Sarawak. Besides adding two new routes to the state, we are also increasing flight frequencies on key routes – Kuching-Miri to 29 times weekly, Kuching-Singapore to 16 times weekly, and Miri-Singapore to seven times weekly” Lee added.
Kuching-Shenzhen (across the border to Hong Kong) and Bintulu-Singapore are both due to start on December 26 and December 27. The Kuching-Shenzhen route will be served on a daily basis while Bintulu-Singapore will benefit of four weekly frequencies.
To celebrate the launch, AirAsia is offering free seats from Bintulu to Singapore which is available for booking from now to Nov 12, 2017 for a travel period between Dec 27, 2017, and Nov 21, 2018.
AirAsia is now serving 12 routes out of Kuching, representing 229 weekly flights. In previous months, the carrier already inaugurated new routes to Langkawi and Pontianak (West Kalimantan in Indonesia). Out of Bintulu, the airline will now fly to three destinations – Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Kuching, with a total of 39 weekly flights one way.