KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — A total of 17,708 one-way flight tickets from the Peninsula to Sabah or Sarawak will be sold at a maximum price of RM300, in conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival and Hari Gawai.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the special price will be offered by all domestic airlines for the travel periods on May 27, May 28, and May 29 to Sabah, and May 29, May 30, and May 31 to Sarawak.
“Travellers can still buy tickets at a lower price if the original ticket price is less than RM300.
“The government bought (a total of 17,708 tickets) from the airlines and we sell them all at a maximum discount price of RM300,” he said at a press conference after the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) Hari Raya celebration at its Kuala Lumpur station, earlier today.
According to Loke, the pilot project is aimed at solving the problem of expensive flight ticket prices during the festive season and if successful, it will be presented to the Cabinet so that it can be used as an ongoing initiative.
The maximum price does not include taxes and fees, but with the purchase of the ticket, users will be protected according to the Malaysian Aviation Consumer Protection Code 2016 (MACPC).
He said the overall estimate for subsidising the purchase of flight tickets to Sabah and Sarawak throughout the period offered was between RM5.8 million to RM11.4 million.
According to Loke, following the sale of flight tickets for the Johor Bahru – Sibu route for the three days before the Hari Gawai celebration, Batik Air will provide a special charter flight service with a frequency of once a day on May 29, May 30, and May 31.
Meanwhile, a total of 10,744 electric train service (ETS) tickets and 499,323 KTM Intercity tickets had been sold up to 9pm yesterday, out of 4.4 million tickets offered for travel from July to December 2023.
The ticket sales which began on May 15 also involved the dates of national festivals such as National Day, Malaysia Day, Deepavali, Christmas, and school holidays.
“2,043 tickets for the two additional ETS services of the KL Sentral to Padang Besar route and vice versa for the May 26 to June 5 journey, in conjunction with the first term school holidays and public holidays have also been sold.
“This proves that Malaysians appreciate the public transport provided by the government, especially the service provided by KTMB which is safe and comfortable to get to their respective destinations,” he said, reminding the public to always plan their journeys.