Loke: Govt to review festive domestic airfares

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  • Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will decide on a suitable mechanism to control domestic airfares, not only during festive seasons but throughout the year as well, said Anthony Loke Siew Fook.

The Transport Minister said the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) was finalising its study on the matter, and will present its framework to the ministry this month.

"Although the initial idea was to implement a ceiling price, we have not made a final decision, as there are implications to consider.

"The point is, any policy decision must not negatively impact the people. There is no use for us to set a ceiling rate during festive seasons when we let prices on ordinary days spiral out of control," he said in reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS - Kota Baru) in Parliament on Wednesday (July 18).

As for an earlier question by Alice Lau (PH - Lanang) on suggestions to reduce the ceiling price imposed on MasWings, Loke said a review will be done.

"For areas in Sabah and Sarawak serviced by MasWings, we aim to review the existing ceiling price and fix it based on the recommendations that will be given by both MasWings and Mavcom.

"East Malaysia lawmakers will also be engaged by the Ministry to gain their input before any policy decision is made on the matter," said Loke.

Complaints on airfares have been going on for many months, and previous reports have revealed that domestic flight ticket prices could increase as high as five-fold during festive seasons.


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