Sarawak’s capital city, Kuching, welcomed the inaugural flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday morning. The flight, operated by Indonesia AirAsia, marks the airline’s fourth international route connecting Sarawak to Asean. The flight was welcomed by a ceremony at the Kuching International Airport, attended by government officials, tourism representatives, and airline executives.
“This marks a historic moment as we celebrate the inaugural flight between Jakarta and Kuching, forging a new chapter in our connectivity journey between our two cities,” said YB Dato Sri Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry & Performing Arts Sarawak. “This flight not only brings our vibrant cultures closer but also opens doors to limitless opportunities for tourism, trade, and mutual growth.”
YB Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin, Minister of Transport Sarawak, said that he was “commending the excellent ground work done by AirAsia in collaboration with the Sarawak Tourism Board, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Indonesia and Jakarta Tourism Authority to prepare this route and to ensure that it is not only sought after by Sarawakians, but more importantly for us to also encourage Indonesians to come and visit Kuching and Sarawak as a whole.”
Captain Wuri Septiawan, Director of Operations, Indonesia AirAsia, said that the new route was “a testament of AirAsia’s support towards both Indonesia and Malaysia, not only to accelerate the recovery of the tourism industry, but also to strengthen the relationship and explore opportunities for cooperation.”
He added that AirAsia would be “reviewing opportunities to expand these services based on popular demand.”
The new flight is scheduled to operate three times per week, with fares starting from as low as RM119* one-way (Kuching-Jakarta) and IDR559,000* one way (Jakarta-Kuching).
*All-in one-way fare includes airport taxes, MAVCOM fee, fuel surcharges and other applicable fees. Other terms and conditions apply.
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