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Airlines Should Lower Prices Because Social Distancing Rules Have Eased, Says Wee

Airlines Should Lower Prices Because Social Distancing Rules Have Eased, Says Wee

Hakim Hassan

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Airlines have to reduce fares and increase flight frequencies, in line with the relaxation of social distancing rules for scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights, said Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

Moving forward, the Government has reminded the airlines to set reasonable price levels that would not unduly burden air travelers for work or otherwise, during this time of national recovery from the pandemic.

Transport Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong via Facebook

He said that airline companies have informed the government that airfares are determined via a dynamic pricing mechanism based on market-driven supply and demand factors.

These factors, among others, include passenger demand, the economic situation, costs of fuel and operations.

Wee also said that airlines need to ensure bookings are stable and consistent before prices can be normalised.

In the same post, he also said that social distancing is no longer mandatory for scheduled passengers who have already passed security checks and are queuing at boarding gates.

Meeters and greeters of arriving air passengers are now allowed into the terminal to allow assistance to be given to the elderly or persons with disabilities when necessary.

It must be stressed that the public must still comply with all guidelines related to health screening, body temperature checks, and use of face masks and hand sanitisers within airport terminals.

Transport Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong

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