A320 flying high in the sky. Image: Courtesy of RB

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) will recommence its flight to Kuching in December, realising the growing tourism demand between Brunei and East Malaysia.

RB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Karam Chand said that the national airline is very proud to be connecting Kuching to the rest of its network and providing the missing link to Brunei.

“The direct flights will allow the marketing of destination packages in all the cities we serve for the benefit of our tourism stakeholders in Brunei and Sarawak,” he said.

Kuching was one of RB’s first destinations in 1975 before its last flight suspended on July 28, 2011.

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The boutique airline has steadily expanded its route network this year with upcoming flights including Taipei, Haikou and Tokyo.

In the launching ceremony for the inaugural non-stop flight to London last Saturday, Minister of Finance and Economy II and Chairman of RB Board of Directors Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah announced that the recommencement of Kuching route is a strong reflection of Brunei and Sarawak’s bonds.

“The collaboration between RB, Sarawak Government, Sarawak Tourism and Malaysia Airports is a great example of working together to grow the size of the tourism pie for the benefit of all partners,” he said.

The minister also said that the addition of new destinations and resultant schedule patterns, allows the creation of an attractive alternative hub in Southeast Asia.

“This is a real win-win for our guests, RB, Brunei International Airport and the sultanate from increased connectivity and the economic activities it creates,” said YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin.

In a press statement from RB, Sarawak Tourism Board’s CEO Sharzede Datu Salleh said that its industry partners have been looking forward to the reinstatement of the flight.

“We would like to welcome back RB to Kuching and thank you for the opportunity. It makes Kuching more accessible to our focus markets including Melbourne, Shanghai and London,” said the ceo.

The first flight is slated to depart for Kuching on December 28, serving the Sarawakian capital city twice weekly on RB A320.

The national carrier will then increase its flight frequency to four times a week effective February 3 next year.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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