Expansion Of Sandakan Airport Will Boost Tourism
October 30, 2017 19:58 PM
SANDAKAN, Oct 30 (Bernama) -- The expansion of Sandakan Airport announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the 2018 Budget on Friday will further boost tourism activities in the district and Kinabatangan.
Sandakan Tourism Association (STAN) chairman, Johnny Lim said the move would also boost tourist arrivals, especially from abroad.
"We hope the expansion of Sandakan Airport involves upgrading the runway to allow more direct flights to the district in the future.
"Direct flights from abroad to the airport, especially from China is needed to boost tourism, especially in terms of increasing the number of tourists," he told Bernama here today.
At the same time, he said the airport expansion would not only benefit tour operators in the district and Kinabatangan but would also indirectly generate revenue for the locals.
Lim said the commitment to expand the airport showed that the government was concerned with the request of tour operators in the district who asked the government to help boost tourist arrivals.
Elopura area Chinese community head (Kapitan Cina) James Leong Tshun Kian said flight services had become a vital lifeline to the people of this district and the nearby districts of Beluran and Kinabatangan.
Hence, he said, the Sandakan Airport expansion would benefit the population in the three districts, who also used air transport to get to Kota Kinabalu, Tawau and Kuala Lumpur.