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Covid-19: Airlines asked to set reasonable fares; travellers advised to buy tickets early

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KUALA LUMPUR — June 22, 2020: The government wants the country’s three main airlines to set reasonable fares following the relaxation of social distancing rules for passengers.

The Transport Minister had in fact met with Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo Air to discuss this on June 11.

The government reminded the airlines to set reasonable price levels that will not unduly burden travellers during this time of national recovery from the pandemic, said today’s statement from minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong at Facebook.

The airlines told Wee that airfares are determined via a dynamic pricing mechanism based on supply and demand and including the economic situation and the cost of fuel and operations.

Wee advises travellers to plan their flights ahead as tickets bought closer to departure dates are more expensive.

He also said that airlines need to ensure bookings are stable and consistent before prices can be normalised to pre-Covid-19 levels.

Physical distancing at departure halls and boarding gates will be discontinued under the current recovery movement control order.

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