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New airline connects Sabah, HK
Published on: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kota Kinabalu: Visitors from China and Hong Kong which grew four-fold within eight years, are expected to increase with the inaugural flight of the latest carrier, Hong Kong Airlines, last week. Together with other airlines, flights connecting Kota Kinabalu to Hong Kong has increased to 21 flights per week.

Hong Kong Airlines flies to destinations beyond Hong Kong, including 10 cities in China such as Changsa, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Guilin, Nanning, Beijing, Sanya and Shanghai. Currently Sabah has only one connection to China, through Shenzhen.

"The introduction of Hong Kong Airlines to Sabah is the much-needed connection between Sabah with Northern Asia," said Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board.

"In 2002, Sabah received less than 25,000 arrivals and last year the record was about 98,000.

Our destination has proven to be a popular destination for them. Hong Kong Airlines supporting our route will greatly enhance these arrivals," said Adlin.




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