Airlines lowering airfares as flight frequency to Sarawak increased to 223 per week

File photo of an airplane on the runway at the Kuching International Airport.

KUCHING, Nov 5: Airlines have already started lowering airfares as the flight frequency to Sarawak has been increased to 223 flights from 89 flights weekly since Nov 1.

Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin said that airlines like Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo Airways, MasWings and Scoot Tigerair are ramping up their flight ticket offers with various promotions to entice travellers to keep flying, especially from Kuala Lumpur to major cities and towns in Sarawak.

“The flight promotion is offered according to destinations, routes and period of booking.

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“The widespread promotion and bargain airfares offered by the airlines augur well with the government’s efforts to revive the economy with better air connectivity.

“This will benefit the public and travellers who are always looking forward to better flight accessibility for business, official work and leisure purposes,” he said in a statement today.

He also urged the airlines to apply with the Sarawak government to increase the number of flights when there are more requests from the public.

“With more flights, it would push the airfare further down and ensure fares are priced reasonably to benefit the public.

“We hope the issue of insufficient flights and high airfares will not arise anymore. However, it must be highlighted that the government does not regulate the flight fare as clearly explained by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Malaysia,” he added.

He also expressed appreciation to all airlines for the usage of aerobridges during embarkation and disembarkation which would provide comfort and safety to all passengers, especially the elderly, people with special needs and parents with small children.

Lee thanked all airlines, the Malaysia Aviation Commission (Mavcom) and MOT Malaysia for their close collaboration to provide better air connectivity into and within Sarawak. — DayakDaily

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