KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 2020: The government is not going to set a ceiling price for flights between Peninsular and Sabah or Sarawak.
Deputy Transport Minister Hasbi Habibollah said the decision not to do so was because the government does not want airlines to use it as an excuse to increase ticket prices even when they do not have to do so.
He told the Dewan Negara today that the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) had stressed that most civil aviation authorities in the world do not control the price of flight tickets.
He said countries, such as Indonesia that impose price control over flight tickets has suffered an increase in average price of tickets.
“In this situation, airlines are found to have taken advantage of the ceiling price set by the government for the purpose of maximising profits even during non-peak periods,” he said.
Hasbi was replying to a question on the matter from Senator Dr Nuing Jeluing.
He also said that the currently high price of flight tickets is expected to return to normal by November.