Call for MAS to reinstate Tarakan-Tawau flight
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has been asked to resume its service between Tarakan and Tawau.
Kota Tarakan Deputy Mayor Suhardjo Trianto said an airlink between the two destinations was very necessary especially to facilitate various dealings including those related to business.
“Surely air transport is very important in view of many people commuting between Tarakan and Tawau. This is what the Kota Tarakan community is hoping for.
“With the flight, it surely will bring positive impact to both parties,” he told Bernama after dining with journalists from Sabah.
Suhardjo said the Kota Tarakan administration would give full cooperation to MAS for a smooth resumption of service.
The rapidly developing Kota Tarakan was known for its fishery resources, and a fast and good transport system would benefit not only the Tarakan economy but also Sabah, particularly Tawau, he said.
“The traders need an air transport system because it is quick and comfortable,” he said.
He also said that of all foreign visitors to Tarakan, tourists from Malaysia recorded the biggest number each year, followed by Japan, United States, Korea and Europe.
Tourist arrivals from Malaysia recorded an increase last year to 1,600 from 1,400 in 2007, he added.
He said Tarakan was intensifying the development of tourism products which included building a seaside resort complete with various facilities. – Bernama