MELBOURNE, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines will introduce three weekly non-stop flights from Perth to Kota Kinabalu from January 15 next year, complementing the 10 non-stop flights from Perth to Kuala Lumpur.
Flights will depart Perth at 12.40am on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive in Kota Kinabalu at 6.15am.
From Kota Kinabalu, flights will depart at 6pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrive in Perth at 11.35pm.
Sydney-based Malaysia Airlines regional vice president, Australia and New Zealand, Ignatius Ong, said Sabah was a treasure trove of beautiful islands, lush tropical rainforests, exuberant cultures and exotic wildlife.
"With just over five hours flight time from Perth to Kota Kinabalu, we believe that this new non-stop service will perform well," Ong said in a statement.
"Furthermore, the setting up of Kota Kinabalu as our eastern hub will enable better flight schedules, connectivity and save travel time as customers would not need to stop over at Kuala Lumpur," he said.
The eastern hub will be developed over three stages from November 15 to June 3, with Malaysia Airlines adding new international destinations and frequencies to complement the currently served foreign cities from Kota Kinabalu.
By June 2011, Kota Kinabalu will have the following international flights: daily flights to Taipei and Hong Kong, four weekly to Kaohsiung and Seoul, three weekly to Haneda and twice weekly services to Osaka.
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