Proposed regional airlines discussed

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THE government is “serious and committed” to formulating a policy that is acceptable to all parties, particularly to the national carrier, for a proposed Brunei-registered regional airlines, the Minister of Communications told a forum discussing the prospect yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar also urged all parties to work together and “synergise” the strategies of the future business so the airlines complement each other.

Under the proposal, the new airlines would provide feeder services to Royal Brunei Airlines (RB).

The forum yesterday discussed the opportunities and challenges faced in the airline industry, and was aimed to solicit feedback from relevant government departments, stakeholders and private sector representatives involved in the aviation industry.

Three papers were presented to outline the status quo along with a panel session to hear from those present.

RB Chief Commercial and Planning Officer Karam Chand spoke of the challenges facing airlines today and stressed the need for any entrepreneur who wanted to set up such a new airline to consider the risks involved.

Mahmud Mohd Daud of MDG Services highlighted the opportunities that a new airlines can take advantage of in the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area) region.

Acting Director of Tourism Development Department Mariani Hj Sabtu shared the tourism statistics Brunei has recorded over the past few years.

A follow-up forum was expected to be held in the near future to discuss other areas relating to the proposal such as in supporting the development of tourism in Brunei.

“Following the dissemination of the working paper prepared in analysing the said proposal, feedback received from this forum and seminar will add value to the justification of proposing this policy as an additional service to support and complement existing services given by our national carrier, Royal Brunei Airlines,” a statement from the ministry said.

“Additionally, feedback is also required to analyse existing opportunities and challenges, and whether the existence of regional airline services will contribute to the sustainability of the existing airline industry,” it added.

The public have until December 19, 2013 to give feedback to the ministry on the working paper, downloadable through www.mincom.gov.bn.

The Brunei Times