Push for LCCT to Boot Sabah Tourism
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A full-fledged Low Cost Carrier Terminal would be the best option for Sabah if it wants to become a regional tourism hub, a local lawmaker has suggested.
Likas Assemblyman, Jun Wong said he had been pushing for an LCCT ever since the existing one was closed in favour of being a cargo terminal and one serving chartered flights only.
"Sabah could have been first with the LCCT had my proposal to the Sabah government in 2015 at the State Assembly accepted in good faith" said Junz in a statement Wednesday.
According to Junz, an LCCT or T2 would be a boon for tourists traveling on a budget as this is a common practice now.
He said Abang Johari Tun Openg's wisdom to jump on AirAsia's proposal to build an LCCT showed the Sarawakian leader's foresight.
"Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandez is a man of vision and if he says he can turn Kota Kinabalu into a regional tourism hub, I'm sure he would follow up with his plans as after all, his company would benefit too" added Junz.
"In fact, the government would be a winner too as it stands to collect airport tax and other fees, while Sabah tourism can grow in a much bigger way, with more flights coming in from throughout the region.â€
Junz added that a new airport altogether could be built to serve the growing travel population, while the existing airport and T1 be converted into an LCCT.