KOTA KINABALU, Mar 23: The arrival of Malindo Air to the local avaiation industry will bring about more attractive airfares in Sabah and further spur the tourism industry.
Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun said the number of local tourists to Sabah reduced by three per cent last year due to the shortage of seat capacity.
“Firefly’s termination of services to Kota Kinabalu resulted in less than competitive fares structure between two airlines in Malaysia,” he told reporters after the launch of Malindo Air’s inaugural flight to Kota Kinabalu from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.
Masidi said the market was big enough to be shared by more than two airlines in Sabah.
Meanwhile, Malindo Air Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said the airline planned to make Kota Kinabalu its transit hub to other destinations such as China and Japan.
“We are flying three times daily from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and plan to increase our flight frequencies,” he said. — BERNAMA