PUTRAJAYA: The country’s airlines must immediately lower their airfares without having to involve excessive government intervention.
The appeal was made by Transport Minister Datuk Seri, Dr Wee Ka Siong, via a post on his Facebook page today.
He described the current air fares, especially to Sarawak, which are very heavy for consumers.
He said the government recognizes public concerns and comments about sky-high airfares ahead of the next holiday season this end of the year and early 2022.
“This is a matter of serious concern to the government and there have been many discussions to resolve this issue which affects many people, from travelers themselves to family members with whom they aspire to reunite after a long separation. due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ,” he added.
Recently, several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Sarawak expressed regret over the high fares and the reduced frequency of flights to hornbill country.
According to Wee, the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) has held meetings with Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo on the need to cut air fares to allow more people to take advantage of lower airfares during this end-of-year period. year.
“Malaysia Airlines has pledged to add additional flights to Sarawak in December, which should result in reduced fares for the state.
“The Malaysia Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) and the Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority (CAAM) are also ready to approve more flight frequencies,” he added.
However, Wee reminded industry players to refrain from raising air fares to address the general public’s perception that airlines are doing so to recoup losses from the pandemic.
He said the Ministry of Transport also wrote to Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin to request that the state government refer air passenger service frequency regulation decisions to the Malaysian Commission on Air Passenger Services. aviation (MAVCOM).
“The MOT fully understands and aligns with Sarawak’s need to contain Covid-19, state governments and their related agencies must do their part to let market supply and demand prevail and fully enable airlines to operate. ” increase their air passenger service frequencies based on market-driven operational considerations. ,” he added. – Bernama