PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should give time to airline companies to normalise fares as they have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said airlines have experienced up to a 97% drop in passenger volume.
"Without passengers, their expenses continue to push them to the verge of bankruptcy," he said on his Facebook page on Thursday (June 12) night.
Dr Wee said he had met with three of the nation's major airlines, namely Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo, to discuss the revival of the aviation sector.
He said he understood that many Malaysians were hoping for lower fares once flights to domestic and international destinations resume without the need for social distancing.
"From the airlines' feedback, flight bookings should be done early as fares would not begin to drop drastically especially for short-notice bookings to fly within a day or two.
"For flight bookings made two or three weeks prior to departure, the ticket price may be half of those bought two days before departure," he said.
Dr Wee also urged airlines to set reasonable fares which would not burden Malaysians.
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had announced that flights were now allowed to operate at full capacity, as well as express buses and e-hailing services.
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