Transport Minister Anthony Loke has announced that the price of one-way air tickets from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah and Sarawak will be capped at a maximum of RM300 starting from May 20.
“The government has decided to subsidise these tickets to alleviate the financial burden on Sabahans and Sarawakians who wish to return to their hometowns for the Kaamatan and Gawai festivals,” said the Transport Minister.
The government will cover the cost of the subsidies, which will amount to approximately RM5.8 million to RM11.4 million.
“For flight tickets from Peninsular Malaysia to Sarawak, the discounted rates will be applied three days before the Gawai festival on May 29, 30 and 31.”
“The discounted flight tickets from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah will be applied three days before Kaamatan on May 27, 28 and 29,” he told reporters during a press conference at Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB).
The Kaamatan festival is celebrated on May 30 in Sabah while the Gawai festival is celebrated on June 1 in Sarawak.
Additionally, Loke stated that the reduced-price flight tickets will be offered by all airlines operating flights to Sabah and Sarawak, including AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Batik Air, and MYairline.