Local airlines urged to reduce flight ticket prices to Sabah, Sarawak

Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (file pic)

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KUCHING, Nov 27: Local airlines — Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Malindo Air, and Air Asia — need to find a middle ground in resolving the issue of high fares to Sabah and Sarawak, especially ahead of the year-end holidays, the festive season, and the 12th Sarawak Election.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the government understands the business constraints airlines face regarding flight capacity limit caused by Covid-19, which has affected the company’s operations and revenue.

He further said the government is also aware that it will not interfere in the affairs of airlines by setting ceiling prices.

“It is also important not to burden the people who are also affected by the pandemic.

“Costly ticket prices will disappoint the hopes of families who want to return to their hometowns,” he said in a statement today.

Wan Junaidi, who is also Santubong MP, added that after nearly two years apart, once again, these families will be denied the chance to meet.

“The people of Sarawak must return to fulfil their responsibilities in the State polls.

“The expensive fares are unfair to them as the election date was just announced, and tickets have to be purchased within the allotted time,” he emphasised.

He further called on airlines to review and reduce the price of Sabah and Sarawak flight tickets to help the people return to their hometowns and fulfil their voting responsibilities. — DayakDaily