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  1. Hi all, Recently realised that a young lady is attempting to break the Guinness world record as the youngest female solo aviator to circumnavigate the world. As of writing, she is now in BKI ahead of schedule to avoid Super Typhoon Rai. She is scheduled to depart for Jakarta later today. More info: FlyZolo – Youngest Woman Solo
  2. Plenty of information sources about Europe outside any of those formal (TV/Newspaper) ads.
  3. Aviation industry seems to slowly pick up, in general. I can't comment of latest aviation infra developments in KUL, PEN, KCH and others, but here in BKI there is an obvious on-going construction on the taxiways for the past several months now (Google Earth image attached for reference). Does anyone know what is the construction for? On a more general outlook, I don't think there would not be any airport expansion or relocation for the next decade or so. Passenger traffic has been decimated for more than a year now. If aviation traffic continued similar growth trajectory in 2020 from 2019, passenger numbers could have breached 10 million for the first time. It could take perhaps at least five or even up to 10 years to reach the 2019 level, give or take. And COVID-19 has altered the way we conduct businesses and meetings. There is no need to travel to KUL or beyond just to attend some 1–2-hour meetings. That can now be done simply using Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. Leisure trips could pick-up, as many people say - 'revenge tourism', out of lockdown, and in need of mental release. But would the experience be the same as before? In Venice, it is suggested that tourist numbers should have a limit, because the city was, in pre Covid era, overly touristed. During lockdown, nature seems to thrive, but with tourists slowly coming back, some people fear that the calm that came with covid will be gone. What about in Malaysia, especially tourism dependent Sabah? Therefore, I could imagine a secondary airport like BKI will maintain its size for decades to come, with minor expansion. For one thing, the airport is conveniently close to KK. I live only 10 minutes away from the terminal. Most of us in KK do live some 30 minutes away from the airport, traffic conditions permitted. If one issue emanating from BKI towards overall development challenge in KK (height restriction), is the runway position, not the terminal. I think the present runway should be decommissioned, and a new one should be built further out at sea, away from heading directly towards KK CBD. Or shortened present runway to just half of its length (leaving southern portion only) to accommodate lighter planes like ATRs or small business jets (like LCY) operations. And full-length runway (4,000M) could be built further out at sea. The remaining decommissioned parts of the airport could be redeveloped into something else, like large public park (something KK really lacks, despite being marketed as nature resort city). Anyway, this is my point of view specifically on BKI though.
  4. Makes me wonder how government even regulates long-term transportation planning and investment? Seems like the gov. tries to prioritize everything over the past two decades - more rail (ETS, ECRL, HSR)? more airports (KLIA2, KXP)? more highways (WCE, PBH)? Although, admittedly, some of decisions is logical like HSR and KLIA2, although these have issues of their own. If gov. really serious about bringing in more passengers to airports, should have just invest few strategic regional airports (e.g. KUL, PEN, KCH, BKI) as major gateways only. Then, railways and highways should complement these regional airports. If Malaysians have that Greta Thunberg attitude at their own will, say bye-bye to small domestic airports.
  5. Oh wow, oh wow... I thought our finance minister/banker/senator already said NO already...
  6. or rebrand the takeover as Koreana or KA logo will adopt that of Asiana, like what happen to AA-US, CO-UA merger. oh wait, this is takeover, not merger...
  7. Defending Sabah bank’s controversial RM300m loan to AirAsia, ex-CM Shafie says approval only after all conditions met https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/10/28/defending-sabah-banks-controversial-rm300m-loan-to-airasia-ex-cm-shafie-say/1917190 RM300 million loan to AirAsia done by the book, says former CM https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/10/636132/rm300-million-loan-airasia-done-book-says-former-cm MACC probing RM300 mil loan by Sabah-owned bank to AirAsia https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2020/10/28/macc-probing-rm300-mil-loan-by-sabah-owned-bank-to-airasia/ Help small businesses instead of AirAsia, economist urges Sabah https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2020/10/26/help-small-businesses-instead-of-airasia-economist-urges-sabah/ SDB may be in jeopardy: DCM http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/160619/sdb-may-be-in-jeopardy-dcm/
  8. Don't think it will be possible as long as MAHB is still in-charge.
  9. Speaking of which, what will happen to MASWings? RAS is still a big thing in Sabah and Sarawak.
  10. Satay? What about those warung/gerai satay operators? Though I would love some packets of salted peanuts and orange juice though.
  11. Hi Guys, I noticed Xiamen Airlines has been doing several flights from SZX lately, I thought our border is still closed? Or is it COVID-19 related? And also as at the end of May 30, MH432 had been doing KUL-BKI-HKG route utilising A333.
  12. Possibility that Singaporeans might also use JB as springboard to elsewhere in the region including to BKI.
  13. https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/12/544412/singapores-scoot-launches-direct-flight-kk "KKIA has registered an increase of 23 per cent in passenger movement for the KK-Singapore sector between January and October compared to same period last year."
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