AirAsia is the only airline that is offering a direct international flight to Miri because the low-cost carrier believes in the city’s potential in tourism and trade.
AirAsia Malaysia chief executive officer Riad Asmat says the company hopes to fly more visitors to Miri in the coming years.
“This will not only create more job opportunities for its people (Mirians), but will further boost the state’s economy as well,” he said in a statement released in connection with AirAsia winning the Mayor’s Special Award at the Miri City Mayor Awards 2019, in Miri last weekend.
The awards event, which was held for the second year was meant to recognize individuals and organizations that had made significant contributions to the development of Miri.
“As a passionate proponent of shared prosperity, we strive to provide opportunities for Malaysians to fly, by offering low fares and advocating for fair airport charges. We are humbled to be recognized for our contributions in elevating Miri’s economic and social landscape,” said Riad.
AirAsia connects Miri to Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, and Johor Bahru, as well as to Singapore, with 101 flights inter-connecting with Miri every week which has tripled passenger traffic at Miri Airport over the last 20 years – from 0.79 million in 1998 to 2.35 million in 2018.
Last year, 61 percent of total passenger traffic at Miri Airport traveled onboard AirAsia flights.
Also last year, AirAsia carried some 1.3 million Malaysians to and from Miri, and about 250,000 visitors from other countries.
The number of Bruneians crossing into Miri has also increased, as they take advantage of AirAsia’s vast connectivity and frequent flights via Miri.
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