SEOUL (April 27): A number of Korean airways are desperate to resume direct flights to Kota Kinabalu as quickly as doable after the opening of worldwide borders.
They expressed their curiosity in restarting flight operations to the state capital of Sabah throughout a collection of engagements right here with a delegation from the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) led by its chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.
The delegation met with senior officers from Jin Air, Air Busan, Jeju Air and Air Seoul, all working direct flights to pre-pandemic Kota Kinabalu, on April 25 and 26.
Additionally a part of the delegation have been the chief director of STB, Noredah Othman, and the advertising and marketing director, Tay Shu Lan.
The staff met with prime executives from two of Korea’s prime tour firms, Hana Tour and Mode Tour, who began advertising and marketing Sabah as a most well-liked vacation spot.
Instantly upon arrival on April 25, the STB staff had a dialogue with Tourism Malaysia Seoul Director Shaharuddin Yahaya, adopted by a gathering with executives from Air Busan and Hana Tour.
On April 26, STB had appointments with Jin Air, Air Seoul, Jeju Air, and Mode Tour.
“We had a fruitful dialogue with the airline operators expressing their hope to arrange direct flights to Kota Kinabalu within the subsequent two months,” mentioned Joniston, who can also be Assistant Minister of Tourism, Tradition and Atmosphere.
The airline and tour firms additionally advised STB that based mostly on suggestions from Korean vacationers, Sabah is amongst their prime favourite vacation locations.
In addition they expressed hope that the federal government will ease a few of the Covid-19 Customary Working Procedures (SOPs), particularly the requirement that totally vaccinated vacationers endure RTK or PCR testing on arrival.
Noredah mentioned that Korea was the primary nation visited by the STB to interact with airways and tourism firms after the opening of worldwide borders on April 1.
Pre-pandemic, Kota Kinabalu Worldwide Airport acquired 67 weekly flights served by 5 carriers flying direct from Seoul, Busan and Muan in South Korea.
South Korea contributed the second most vital worldwide arrival to Sabah, with 396,660 guests in 2019.
“Korea is a key marketplace for Sabah and we see the potential for extra Koreans visiting our post-pandemic state,” she mentioned, including that STB maintained robust relationships with Korea-based airways and tourism firms even in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. .