Congestion at Sarawak airports – airlines directed to reschedule flights

AFP photo.

By Chew Lip Song

THE Sarawak Transport Ministry has directed airlines flying into the state to reschedule their flights to allow ample time for travellers to undergo documentation clearance and health screening so as to avoid congestion in airports.

Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the ministry had written to airlines, including AirAsia requesting them to have a one-hour interval between their flights arriving into the state.

“AirAsia has responded to our request to have the one-hour interval arrival time between flights and they are making the necessary arrangements with the relevant authorities namely National Slot Coordination Malaysia (NSCM), Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) and Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM),” he said in a statement.

He added that the Ministry had also written to MAVCOM and CAAM to seek their cooperation and
to assist the airlines in making sure that there is enough interval time between the flights coming to Sarawak.

Lee expressed confidence that the co-operation from stakeholders could help ease the congestion plaguing airports throughout the state and curb the spread of Covid-19.

“It is always our priority to provide a hassle-free service to the passengers returning or coming to the State,” Lee added.