In December 2012 MAS to operate three additional international routes from Kota Kinabalu. Yours truly believes that East Malaysians will be pleased with the decisions. MAS should also consider to resume the Bandung and Surabaya routes, which were terminated soon after the inking of the infamous MAS-AirAsia share swap by Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, the MD of Khazanah. MAS should also commence its Firefly jet services, which was also terminated after the said share swap.
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Date: 20 September 2012 10:22:39 AM GMT+08:00
Subject: MALAYSIA AIRLINES TO OPERATE TO 3 ADDITIONAL INTERNATIONAL ROUTES FROM KOTA KINABALU
Malaysia Airlines has finalized plans to add three international routes from Kota Kinabalu effective December 2012.
The national carrier will also increase frequencies to an existing international route from the capital of Sabah.
A total of 7 weekly services for these four routes will be operated using the latest 160-seater B737-800 aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Encik Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, “Although we suspended four international routes from Kota Kinabalu in January and February this year, we continued reviewing the situation and are now finalizing plans to introduce flights between the Sabah state capital and three cities in the region. We will announce details of this development in the near future, once we have the clearance from the regulatory authorities.”
The additional routes and more flights to an existing international route are expected to improve inbound tourist arrivals to Sabah and increase Kota Kinabalu’s significance as the national carrier’s eastern hub of Malaysia.
Apart from Malaysia Airlines, its wholly owned subsidiary MASwings also commenced international operations this year linking Kota Kinabalu to Brunei and also Tawau to Tarakan, Indonesia.