KUCHING, Oct 24 — MASwings, known as the ‘Pulse of Borneo’, has announced the expansion of its operations and the introduction of a new route linking Bario (BBN) and Long Banga (LBP), effective this October 29.
According to the rural community carrier, the enhanced services include flight frequencies over key routes such as Kuching-Limbang, Miri-Bario-Long Seridan, and Mukah-Kuching.
“The additional operations and introduction of the new route are part of MASwings’ ongoing business review and align with the ‘Hybrid Flexi 3.0 Network Plan’ aimed at route rationalisation.
“The changes have received approval from the Ministry of Transport Malaysia through the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom).
“The primary goal of this initiative is to provide local communities with convenient transportation options, supporting small businesses and leisure travel.
“Additionally, it aims to boost the local tourism industry by creating new opportunities for economic development in rural areas,” said MASwings in a statement yesterday.
Also in the same statement, MASwings chief operating officer Suresh Singam commented that the network rationalisation of their domestic flight routes was under the Public Service Obligation (PSO).
“It is essential for the long-term success of the RAS (Rural Air Service) operations too and the strategic move follows the extensive business reviews and continuous dialogues with key stakeholders from Mavcom, alongside the Sarawak and Sabah state governments.
“These adjustments are designed to ensure that MASwings utilises its fleet at an optimum level, while meeting the needs of the communities we serve.
“We are steadfast in our commitment to supporting the state governments’ aspirations for the continuous economic growth and development of Sarawak and Sabah, as MASwings remain the sole connecting means for the rural areas within Borneo,” he said.
For more information on the latest destinations, fares and flight schedules, go to www.maswings.com.my, or reach out to Malaysia Airlines Call Centre via 1-300-88-3000. — Borneo Post Online