PETALING JAYA: Flight ticket prices need to return to its original prices before the movement control order (MCO) was enforced, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister (Security) said the Transport Ministry and the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) have been tasked to discuss with the airline companies to return air ticket prices back to normal.
He said this decision was taken during the special ministerial meeting that coordinates the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) as they were aware of the high domestic ticket prices between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak.
"In the beginning, the air ticket prices were high because they (airline companies) could not accept full seating capacity due to social distancing measures. The maximum passengers they could accept was just 66%.
"But now we have allowed airline companies to operate at full capacity without social distancing measures," he said during his daily briefing on Friday (July 3).
Ismail urged airline companies to return their ticket prices to normal levels especially for students, teachers, and higher education institute students who will be resuming their studies.
He also called on MAVCOM to discuss with airline companies to offer special ticket prices to students, teachers, and also students in the higher education instituttion as these students will need to attend universities or schools either back in Sabah and Sarawak or in the peninsula.