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KOTA KINABALU, May 9 (Bernama) — Buoyed by the successful first phase of its direct international flights to Tarakan and Pontianak in Indonesia and Brunei Darulsalam, MASwings will embark on its second phase of international route expansion by end of October this year.
In announcing this, its chief executive officer Datuk Captain Nawawi Awang said the new MASwings’ international air service would cover the routes of Kuching-Balikpapan (Indonesia), and Kota Kinabalu-Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Phillippines).
MASwings, a fully owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, plans to operate the routes three times a week.
“We are still in the process of getting approval and clearance from the relevant authorities (in the Philippines), and if everything goes well, we are targetting to commence operations of the Kota Kinabalu-Puerto Princesa sector by end October.
“This is going to be our first service on the Philippines’ shore. We in MASwings hope to become a bridge, in terms of air connectivity, for the people within the BIMP-EAGA (The Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area) member countries,” he told reporters here Wednesday.
Source : Bernama