Following the further relaxation of movement control order (MCO), Malaysians are allowed to do interstate travel from Jun 10 onwards. However, Sabahan and Sarawakian who work in Peninsular might need to think twice before they get their air ticket to go back to visit their family.
For example, return ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching used to be between RM300 – RM500, but is now RM800 – RM2,000.It’s the same for tickets between Kuala Lumpur to Miri, Sibu, Kota Kinabalu and other destinations in East Malaysia.
Here you go some screenshot of air ticket:
The Ministry of Transport is discussing the matter of costly air travel tickets, in particular for Sabah and Sarawak, with airlines, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster)Datuk Seri Sabri Yaakob.
Sabri said the outcome of the meetings would be informed shortly.
“We understand that airfares are expensive because the implementation of social distancing has forced passenger capacity to be cut to 66 per cent.
He said that airlines had requested full passenger capability to fill their aircraft.
“Their excuse is that all the passenger details are in the flight manifest and the passengers can be contacted in the event a (COVID-19) case was detected.
“But the most important thing now is that the air travellers to comply with SOP in order to curb the spread of Covid-19,” he added.