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Covid-19: Minister asks public to give airlines a chance to recover

AirAsia aircrafts at Senai International Airport.

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 2020: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong has appealed for the public to give airlines a chance to recover from the after-effects of the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

He said flight ticket prices would likely return to their normal level once the airlines have overcome the problems caused by the pandemic.

“I also urge the public to give more time for airline fares to normalise, as all airlines had been under tremendous financial pressure during the pandemic, experiencing as low as 97 per cent drop in passenger volume.

“Without passengers, their expenses continue to push them to the verge of bankruptcy,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page tonight.

“I also urge the public to give more time for airline fares to normalise, as all airlines had been under tremendous financial pressure during the pandemic, experiencing as low as 97 per cent drop in passenger volume.

“Without passengers, their expenses continue to push them to the verge of bankruptcy,” said Wee in a statement posted on his Facebook page last night.

Wee had yesterday met with the top brass of three Malaysia’s airlines — Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo Air to discuss the revival of the aviation sector.

He said based on the airlines’ feedback, flight bookings should be done early, as fares would not begin to drop drastically, especially for short-notice bookings to fly within a day or two.

“For flight bookings made two or three weeks prior to departure, the ticket price may be half the price of those bought two days before departure,” read his statement.

Malaysia Airlines has also clarified yesterday that its currently pricier flight tickets was due to the current average load factor which is less than 40 per cent for most flights.

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