KOTA KINABALU: MASwings will be reducing its frequencies to five selected routes to facilitate mandatory maintenance of its ATR 72-500 turbo prop aircraft fleet from Feb 20 to the end of the year.
In a statement, the company said the eight ATR aircraft in its fleet have been scheduled for heavy maintenance visit by the aircraft manufacturer to ensure the planes meet the airworthiness requirements and standards.
MASwings recently announced the refurbishment exercise called fleet improvement programme to improve aircraft reliability.
The company said there would be reduction in the weekly flights for the Kota Kinabalu-Lahad Datu sector from 35 to 28, Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan from 28 to 21, Miri-Limbang from 21 to 14, Kota Kinabalu-Miri from 28 to 21 and Miri-Labuan from 35 to 31.
MASwings has obtained the necessary approval from the Transport Ministry to reduce the flight frequency for the routes.
It currently operates a total of 818 flights weekly to all of its ATR operated destinations.
The planned reduction of flights will have minimal impact at 8.6% from the total flights currently in rotation, the company said.
Passengers who had purchased their tickets earlier for flights after Feb 20, 2017, can confirm the status of their flights either by contacting MASwings/Malaysia Airlines ticket offices, their travel agents or via the 24 hours call centre at its toll-free number 1300 88 3000.
Source: The Star