KUCHING — Nov. 25, 2019: AirAsia is hoping to see more low-cost terminals and facilities to further develop tourism in Sarawak.
“I still think the airport tax is very high – RM50. Kuching to China the airport tax was RM75. Now it’s RM50…. we still think it’s too high,” remarked AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes at a press conference here today.
Fernandes is in town for a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.
According to Fernandes, AirAsia is looking for new places to promote and bring more tourists and jobs and lauded Sarawak for doing a good job in domestic tourism.
“We have limited success internationally. Only Singapore has been consistently going on well. In the next round of our expansion, Sarawak is very crucial.
“Read about the chief minister’s plan to invest in tourism infrastructure and came (here) to learn what are the plans – medical tourism, etc. We want to expand more flights (from Sarawak) into Indonesia,” he said.
Since AirAsia started 18 years ago, the airline has carried 60 million people to Sarawak and fly-through increased by 43 per cent this year, with 73,000 people coming from different countries via Kuala Lumpur.
“We want to reinvest, we want to partner with the Sarawak government… a win-win scenario. And hope for assistance (in terms of) airport (low-cost).
“Spoke about e-commerce and logistics. We think a lot of Sarawak’s food products can be sold in Asia. We see a lot of potentials to allow entrepreneurs to sell their products to a larger audience. We need help and promotional materials,” he said. — Bernama