MASwings to cease operations for six routes by 2018

MASwings will cease operations for six routes in Sabah and Sarawak by next year to make way for commercial airlines. Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the Transport Minister, said this was decided after a study by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) was done on rural air services (RAS).


It found that the six existing routes, jointly operated by MASwings with commercial airlines like Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia, had a high load factor of up to 86%, making it more profitable for commercial airlines. The routes are Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu – Tawau, Kota Kinabalu – Miri, Kuching – Miri, Kuching – Kota Kinabalu, and Kuching – Sibu.