MP CLAIMS ADDITIONAL KL-MIRI FLIGHTS FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR STILL INSUFFICIENT TO BRING DOWN AIRFARES
MIRI, SARAWAK (JANUARY 18, 2023) : More Kuala Lumpur to Miri flights are needed to lower airfares as they are still too expensive for those wishing to return here for Chinese New Year 2023, claimed Miri MP Chiew Choon Man.
While welcoming the additional flights for the festive season, he concurred with Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin that Sarawak needs more flights for the high-demand route.
" Despite some improvements since Transport Minister (Anthony Loke) announced fix rate flight tickets, we can still see that the ticket prices are relatively expensive, especially when the dates are near," he said.
The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak Youth Chief said although he does not have exact details on the increased number of flights or seats available, checks on airfares show higher prices during this period.
He said from the airline industry's pricing mechanism point of view, the only way to reduce airfares is by introducing more supply in the market.
On December 28, 2022 AirAsia announced one-way fixed fares from the peninsula to Sarawak at RM 199.00 and to Sabah at RM 249.00.
On January 16, 2023, lee said AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, and Firefly would provide 71 additional flights per day from the peninsula to Sarawak between January 18 and 21 January to allow Sarawakian to return home in time for Chinese New Year 2023.
With Malaysians having their first restriction-free Chinese New Year since 2020, Chiew also urged constituents to exercise care.
" We will all celebrate like pre-COVID-19 era, but still we would like to advice that COVID-19 is still around and some countries have experienced a spike in the number of positive cases, " he said.
He added it is vital to continue to maintain basic precaution methods such as wearing a mask in a crowded indoor environment and to wash hands frequently.
The Miri MP also appealed for greater vigilance on the road.
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