A welcoming committee was present at Kuching Airport for the inaugural AirAsia flight to Shenzen. Among those attending the event were: Mary Wan Mering, acting CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board; YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak; Zhang Yang, Deputy Consul General, The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching; and Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board.
A welcoming ceremony was also held at Bintulu Airport to greet the arrival of AirAsia’s first flight from Singapore. Attending the event were: Desmond Douglas Jerukan, Principal Assistant Secretary Planning and Development Section, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak; Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial, AirAsia; YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak; Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board; YB Dato’ Seri Tiong King Sing, Bintulu MP; and Zamani Bin Mohd Rafique, Director of Government Relations, AirAsia.
- AirAsia launched three new routes from Malaysia in late 2017, beginning with services from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Davao (DVO) on 21 December, followed by the start of flights between Kuching (KCH) and Shenzhen (SZX) on 26 December, with a final service from Bintulu (BTU) to Singapore being inaugurated on 27 December. The 2,692-kilometre Kuala Lumpur–Davao route and the 1,022-kilometre Bintulu–Singapore sector will both be flown four times weekly, while the 2,380-kilometre Kuching–Shenzhen city pair will be operated daily. The Malaysian-based LCC will deploy A320s on all three airport pairs and will face no direct competition on any of the new routes. On 27 December, Spencer Lee, AirAsia’s Head of Commercial, marked the arrival of its two new international services from Shenzhen and Singapore into the Sarawak state, where Kuching and Bintulu are located. “We are honoured and humbled to welcome two new international flights into Sarawak today,” said Lee. “AirAsia has always been committed towards expanding the markets in Sarawak and these direct flights reiterate our commitment to grow the connectivity in and out of the state.”