MOT Discussing To Prepare A Special Flight Package For Students

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The Ministry of Transport (MOT) will hold discussions with airlines, to provide cheaper fares to students, especially to Sabah and Sarawak.

His Minister Anthony Loke said so far, only Malaysia Airlines (MAS) offered a 30 percent discount from the price of flight tickets, to students registered with the program.

“Among the other benefits offered through the program include such as an additional baggage allowance of 10 kilograms, as well as special offers for family members and fellow students.

“For other airlines, we will try to discuss (cheap packages for students),” he said during the Minister’s Question Time (MQT) in the Dewan Rakyat, today.

He said this in response to an additional question raised by Vivian Wong Shir Yee (PH-Sandakan), who wanted to know if the government is willing to offer flight packages at reasonable prices to students from Sabah and Sarawak, during the semester break.

At the same time, MOT through the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) will continue to monitor flight ticket prices for all domestic flight routes, including routes between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.

In that connection there are also companies that implement special initiatives to offer flight tickets at low prices, for example, AirAsia Aviation Group Limited (AAAGL) has provided 52 additional flights at low fares from 17 to 30 Jan this year, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration. .

Meanwhile, Loke said the Ministry of Transport has never prevented any airline from adding flight routes based on commercial considerations.

He said airlines will usually do so, if there is capacity and high market demand to go to the destination in question.

“…but I understand that sometimes there needs to be an incentive. Therefore, the state government, which of course has a Tourism Action Committee, can give some incentives to these airlines, so that they have direct flight routes from new destinations such as Penang to Terengganu or Penang to Kota Bharu,” he said.

Loke submitted the answer to a supplementary question from Rushdan Rusmi (PN-Padang Besar), who wanted to know if the government had plans to increase flights from the west coast to the east coast.

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