Flights to be in­creased

> Will cater to high de­mand dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons, says Loke

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Trans­port Min­istry will en­sure that air­lines in­crease the fre­quency of flights for ev­ery fes­tive sea­son to cater to the high de­mand, the De­wan Rakyat was told yes­ter­day.

Trans­port Min­is­ter An­thony Loke said be­sides in­creas­ing the num­ber of flights, the Malaysian Avi­a­tion Com­mis­sion (Mav­com and the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Malaysia (CAAM) will also con­sider and ap­prove ad­di­tional flights for cer­tain routes ahead of fes­tive pe­ri­ods.

“The govern­ment will, af­ter this, in­tro­duce ad­di­tional flights not just for the Chi­nese New Year, but for all fes­tive sea­sons, be it Hari Raya, Hari Gawai or Hari Kaa­matan. We will make sure that there will be more flights in years to come.

“Ad­di­tional flights have been ap­proved for the Johor BaruKuch­ing and Johor Baru-Sibu routes for the Christ­mas and Chi­nese New Year pe­ri­ods, which were ap­plied by AirAsia Ber­had,” he said in re­ply to a ques­tion from Mordi Bi­mol (PHMas Gad­ing).

He added that 13 ad­di­tional flights had been ap­proved for each of the two routes.

Loke said Mav­com did not re­ceive any re­quest or ap­pli­ca­tion to in­crease the fre­quency of flights dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son from other air­line com­pa­nies.

“So far the flight fre­quency ap­proved for the Christ­mas pe­riod is 31 flights per week for the Johor Baru-Kuch­ing route and 10 flights for the Johor Baru-Sibu route op­er­ated by AirAsia

Ber­had.

“The min­istry also mon­i­tors fares for fes­tive pe­ri­ods in con­junc­tion with the Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and the price, which is not more than RM300, is still af­ford­able,” he said.

To a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion from Ah­mad Marzuk Shaary (PAS-Pengkalan Chepa), Loke said Mav­com and CAAM would con­sider and ap­prove ad­di­tional flights for the Kuala Lumpur-Kota Baru route dur­ing fes­tive pe­ri­ods, if there are re­quests from air­line com­pa­nies. – Ber­nama

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