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Liew welcomes AirAsia's plan to move back to T2
Published on: Sunday, July 22, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew (pic) welcomed the suggestion by AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes to move its operations back to Terminal 2 here.

"This is a good suggestion. If we can bring in more than five million tourists, I welcome the suggestion.

After all we are opening Sabah for tourism," she said.

Liew, however, said certain procedures needed to be observed before the transfer of operations could be carried out.

"The detailed technical and administrative procedure will be between him (Tony) and the Transport Ministry.

"But the idea to open up so he (Tony) can bring in more tourists is commendable and the details will be announced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal after he has discussed it with the Transport Ministry," she added.

On Thursday, Tony said the airlines is currently in talks with the State Government transferring its operations back to Terminal 2, a move he says will bring in nine million tourists to Sabah by 2022 and create up to 30,000 jobs.

He said if the State Government agreed, the move could be anywhere within three and six months because the facilities at Terminal 2 are still in perfect condition.

He also said the low-cost airline was never in favour of moving to Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal 1 in December 2015. - Jeremy S Zabala

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