Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) celebrated the launch of its inaugural flight to Tawau in a ceremony hosted by Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad in partnership with Sabah Tourism on November 11.
Deputy Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board Marunda bin KK Ampong, General Manager of Sabah Tourism Board Noredah Othman, Deputy President of Tawau Municipal Council Koh Kian Leong, General Manager of Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd Kamaruzzaman Razali and RB’s Senior Vice President of Revenue Management Louis Du Plessis were present.
“The Malaysian state of Sabah is already one of our most popular destinations with 18 weekly flights to Kota Kinabalu and more recently, six weekly Sandakan from our hub Brunei International Airport. We are delighted to introduce Tawau as our latest addition operating six flights a week using a brand new ATR 72-600 operated by our business partner Malindo Air. It’s another important and exciting step in our goal to make travel easier within Borneo and beyond,” said Louis Du Plessis.
Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said, “The commencement of Royal Brunei Airlines’ new flight to Tawau Airport is the airport’s second international route. As of September 2019, Tawau Airport recorded a 15.5 per cent increase in passenger movement compared to the same period last year. This new service will definitely help bring in more visitors and boost the tourism sector in Sabah especially in anticipation of Visit Malaysia 2020 next year.”
Noredah Othman said, “We recently signed a MoU with Royal Brunei Airlines for a UK marketing joint collaboration and it’s timely as we can also include this new route from Brunei to Tawau in the campaign.
“Besides being the gateway to Semporna, Tawau also has its unique places of interest such as the Tawau Hills Park which houses one of the tallest tropical trees in the world, the 27,000 year old Columnar Basalt at the Balung Cocos village and what is dubbed the Lost World, Maliau Basin.
“In September this year, we organised the first Tropical Hills Run at the Tawau Hills Park which welcomed more than 200 runners, among them, nine from Indonesia and six from Kenya. We look at this new route as an ease for more travellers to reach other places in Sabah beyond Kota Kinabalu.”