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There would be a minimum of 42 in-bound flights a week arriving in Kuching from outside of Sarawak starting tomorrow, 14 October 2021.
These flights have been approved for arrival in Kuching by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
This would mean some 84 flights a week will arrive, and then depart from the Kuching International Airport.
In-bound flight origins and carriers
An infographic shared with us showed that the flights come from numerous destinations including Singapore.
Airlines involved include AirAsia, Scoot, Malaysia Airlines, and Malindo.
The main route served would be the Kuala Lumpur – Kuching route which has over 30 flights a week.
This is followed by the Kota Kinabalu – Kuching route which has a combined of six flights a week on board AirAsia, MAS and Malindo.
Arrivals from destinations like Singapore, Johor Bharu, Kota Bharu dan Penang each have two in-bound flights to Kuching a week.
In terms of flight numbers, AirAsia leads the rest by bringing in 18 Kuching bound flights with six aircrafts, followed by Malaysia Airlines, Malindo and Scoot.
Flight schedule to Kuching
If you are in need of the flight schedule, the table below can be a guide to the flights arriving in Kuching from 14 October 2021. (Image source: Ministry of Transport Sarawak)
Do note that the information above may change accordingly and you might want to refer to the latest statement by SDMC or the respective airlines to get the latest flight schedule.
Current SOPs remain for those entering Sarawak
Meanwhile, SDMC in a statement we received today, reiterated that all arrivals into Kuching (and Sarawak) will still be required to do the RTK Antigen swab test.
Passengers will also need to apply to enter Sarawak via the EnterSarawak app and attach related documents to expedite their entry approval.
SDMC therefore urged those coming into Sarawak to provide proof they are fully vaccinated in their EnterSarawak application to allow faster checks upon arrival in Sarawak.
The Committee reasoned out that such Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are also practiced in Sabah, and it has proven to be effective in decreasing infections coming from outside of Sarawak.
You can check out the current SOPs to enter Sarawak in this post.
More flights, lower prices?
The increased number of flights does have an immediate effect on air ticket prices for travelling by air to and from Kuching.
Checks on AirAsia’s website show that a return flight averages between RM388 – RM712 for flights between now until next month (November 2021).
Travel on Malaysia Airline is even cheaper with the airline offering tickets from as low as RM109!
While the number of flights is still not as much as what it used to be, the increased number of flights, paired with the increasing number of flight promotions thrown in by airlines, would likely see lower fares in the coming months.
Either way, if you are traveling to Kuching, check out our hotel suggestions here for the best stay in Kuching and do stay updated with the latest SOPs from Sarawak and do not forget to follow KuchingBorneo.info on Facebook.