Govt looking into issue of expensive air tickets, says Ismail Sabri

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PUTRAJAYA (June 8): The Ministry of Transport is discussing with airlines to try and resolve the issue of expensive tickets for dometic air travel, especially to Sabah and Sarawak, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail Sabri said he will be informed of the outcome of the meetings soon.

“We understand that air fares are expensive because the implementation of social distancing has forced passenger capacity to be cut to 66%.

“We know that a one-way ticket could reach almost RM2,000 for a flight from Miri to Kuala Lumpur, so we are discussing [the issue]. We hope there will be no more issue for them to raise fares and the like,” he told a daily press conference here today.

He said airlines had applied to fill their planes to full passenger capacity.

“Their excuse is that all passenger details are in the flight manifest and passengers can be contacted in the event a [Covid-19] case is detected.

“But the most important thing now is that the SOP (standard operating procedure) needs to be observed to check the spread of Covid-19,” he added.

Checks by Bernama showed that many had complained about expensive fares for domestic air travel and the issue was a hot topic on social media mainly because many people were planning to go back to their hometowns, following the imposition of the recovery movement control order (RMCO) on June 10, which among others allows interstate travel.

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