MASwings eyes to fly to Puerto Princesa next year

By Genivi Factao

MANILA, Oct. 18 (PNA) -- The must-see Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, the longest navigable underground river, is driving MASwings Sdn Bhd (MASwings) to fly to Puerto Princesa, Palawan by the first quarter next year.

Chief Commercial Officer Shauqi Ahmad said MASwings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System Berhad, awaits the granting of permission by the Transport Ministry to fly to Puerto-Princesa by end this year.

“This is our next plan for further expansion in the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia- Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region, to achieve MASwings’ vision of becoming the most reputable and preferred airline in East Asia,” he said.

“We are looking at the positive way in this expansion planning, especially with the recent signing of the Framework Agreement for the Bangsamoro between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is good news for airline companies,” he said.

He added the move towards ending more than 40 years of conflict in southern Philippines is a welcome development for the airlines.

This will also boost the tourism industry in the Philippines, as tourists will be confident of safety and security in the country.

MASwings has successfully taken off to Bandar Seri Begawan of Brunei, Pontianak and Tarakan Indonesia.

It aims to transform from being just a domestic operator to an active regional player.

In the past five years, MASwings has enjoyed tremendous achievement and success notably in its operations in the BIMP-EAGA region.

Sales Marketing and Charters of MASwings Sabah said with the introduction of Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa route, it will be not only be a potential business for the tourism sector, but it be drive MASwings forward in its effort to support the BIMP-EAGA initiatives.

The average of MASwings On Time Performance was registered about 94 percent last year, and we are expecting to achieve more positive results this year.

“We are working hard to achieve a better performance and we are positive on this based on the growing number of passengers,” he said.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines earlier said it will give incentives to airlines that would be opening flights in BIMP-EAGA.

The air linkage technical working group of the BIMP-EAGA is working towards the designation of more entry points and enjoy the privileges provided for under the fifth Freedom Air Services Agreement.

The BIMP-EAGA initiative, launched in 1994 is aimed at accelerating the development of Brunei Darussalam particularly in the areas of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku; in Indonesia , primarily in Irian Jaya; in Malaysia, in the areas of Sabah and Sarawak States and Federal Territory of Labuan and in the Philippines, the Mindanao and Palawan. (PNA)
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