Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Sarawak Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, RB’s Senior Vice President (Sales) Ai-Ling Ng and other officials during the cake-cutting ceremony. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI
Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) celebrated the launch of its inaugural flight to Sibu at Sibu Airport, Sarawak on Thursday.
The celebration was hosted by Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad in partnership with Sarawak Tourism Board.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Sarawak Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Consul General of Brunei Darussalam in Kuching, Sarawak Mohammad bin Haji Kamaluddin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Sarawak Hii Chang Kee, Senior Manager of Route Development of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad Zainuddin Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, RB’s Senior Vice President (Sales) Ai-Ling Ng and Sarawak Tourism Board and Malaysia Association of Travels and Tours Agents representatives were present.
“We are proud to be the first international airline to fly to Sibu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak,” said Ai-Ling Ng.
“We are proud to be the first international airline to fly to Sibu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
“We are delighted to introduce Sibu as our next destination in Phase one of the RB Link regional initiative connecting cities and towns within Borneo Island. Sibu and its neighbouring towns will benefit from our value pricing and five star full service product as well as seamless connections through Brunei to many international markets such as China, Japan, the United Kingdom and Australia which offer great tourism and export opportunities.
“It’s another important and exciting step in our goal to make travel easier within Borneo and beyond,” said Ai-Ling Ng.
Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said, “We are pleased to welcome RB to Sibu Airport, its fourth new destination in Malaysia after Sandakan, Bintulu and Tawau in recent weeks.
“In the last nine months, Sibu Airport recorded a 12.7 per cent increase in passenger movement compared to the same period last year. We are confident that this new international route will benefit Sibu by boosting its tourism offerings to potential visitors.”
Sharzede said, “With the connectivity provided by RB, Sibu can now look forward to be accessible to the world through another important hub, Bandar Seri Begawan. It serves as a link for local business community to the outside world and facilitates the growth of tourism into the Sibu and the central region.”
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin