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MASwings urged to reschedule Labuan flights
Published on: Saturday, May 23, 2020
By: Sohan Das
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A MASwings aircraft at the Labuan airport.
LABUAN: The Labuan Chinese Chamber of commerce said the arrival and departure timings of maswings flights are not helpful and inconvenient and urged the domestic carrier to review the schedule.

Chamber Secretary-general Roger Foo said presently there is only one daily flight from KK, arriving at 6.30am and departing at 15.35pm to Kota Kinabalu.

“Labuan and Kota Kinabalu have immense business connections and it is not much use for local businesses to arrive in Kota Kinabalu late in the afternoon as not many hotels are open. “If a room is found, it will mean spending additional overnight stay expenses. This is not good deal,” he said.

He added another point to consider was that many here seek   medical treatment at private hospital in KK such as chemotraphy treatment and for other disease which is not available here.

He said arriving late at KK would mean the hospital is closed or stay overnight in the hospital  when a day trip is enough to serve the purpose.

He hoped that MASwings being a domestic carrier subsidised by the government should provide at least two incoming flights to Labuan. In the past before the covid19 outbreak, the airlines had several daily flights to Labuan from Kota Kinabalu.

Meanwhile, a total of 70 patients under surveillance (PUS) for Covid-19 at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) quarantine centre here have received Hari Raya goodies from the Labuan Corporation (LC).

Similar goodies were also extended to medical staff on duty at the Labuan Ferry Terminal, who check travellers and workers in the oil and gas sector on a daily basis.

Policemen and military personnel manning roadblocks downtown also received the goodies.

LC chief executive officer Dr Fary Akmal Osman said the contributions were a sign of the Labuan Disaster Management Committee’s appreciation of the sacrifices by frontliners in fighting Covid-19.

“We presented the Hari Raya goodies to those who are still at the quarantine centre to help spread the Hari Raya cheer. We do not want them to feel isolated,” said Dr Fary, who is the committee chairman.


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