LABUAN: Tickets for ferry service to mainland Sabah from Labuan have been snapped up at the Labuan ferry terminal over the past two days
as vacation fever gripped holiday-makers during the long week-end break.
The demand for the ferry trip from Labuan to Menumbok, Sabah and vice-versa has increased amidst additional ferries by a new operator.
Three ferry operators, Labuan Ferry Corporation Sdn Bhd (LFC), Labuan Mainland Link Sdn Bhd (LML) and Juta Bonus Sdn Bhd have sold thousands of tickets, ahead of the combined statutory public holidays – Maulidur Rasul and Christmas and the final-term school break.
Currently, five ferries are operating, with the longest-serving LFC providing one ferry, Wawasan Perdana, whose capacity involves accommodating
about 60 to 70 vehicles and more than 500 passengers per trip; LML with two ferries (Putrajaya I and MV Goodwill Star) also with similar capacity and Juta Bonus with its ferries, Kimanis I and the latest ferry operator, MV Galaxy which can accomodate 88 vehicles and 343 passengers.
The three operators provide two to three trips daily due to high demand, as compared to two trips during normal days.
Labuan Consumer Action Council chairman Fauziah Datuk Mohd Din said the increasing demand for travel from and to the island was ‘a clear indication’ that the duty-free-island needed a bridge to link the island to mainland Sabah.- BERNAMA