They are after AirAsia again but Tony Fernandes won’t take it lying down!

Do they want AirAsia to end up like MAS?

Perhaps this is the reason: Video. AirAsia honours Dr Mahathir: A True Malaysian


Why isn’t Bung going after Mavcom?

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LETTER | In reference to Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar’s comments in parliament over overpriced AirAsia tickets to Sabah, I for one would like to share my thoughts given my frequent flights between the peninsula and East Malaysia.

Mavcom, on the other hand, is looking to charge passengers leaving KLIA and klia2 the same PSC, further increasing the cost of airlines tickets.

Even though klia2 is a low-cost, bare-bones terminal, the standardisation of PSC is undoubtedly a bane to travelers. The fee increase from RM50 to RM73 also undermines Malaysia’s vision to be a low-cost airline hub in South-east Asia but instead, passes on more cost to the consumer.

Why is Bung Moktar not pointing his guns at Mavcom? These additional administration costs like PSC and airport taxes will add on to to the costs of air travel. While the Kinabatangan MP argued that AirAsia should carry out their corporate social responsibilities by allowing poor travelers a cheaper ticket, is it not the government’s duty to ensure the wellbeing of its people?

As a frequent traveler between the capital city and Kota Kinabalu myself, I personally have felt the pinch of pricey airline tickets.

So I urge Mavcom to look into maintaining or lowering PSC and other airport costs for passengers travelling to and from Sabah and Sarawak since it would have an immediate impact on the ticket prices. Bung Moktar would do us all a favour by shining light on this issue and parliament, rather than starting Twitter wars with a certain airline chairman.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.







Bung tells AirAsia CEO to check ticket prices during CNY

KUALA LUMPUR: Adamant that AirAsia’s ticket prices could reach almost RM2,000 for a one-way flight from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur, Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin today told AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar to personally check ticket prices during next year’s Chinese New Year period.

In a series of tweets, Bung remained defiant despite a denial issued by the low-cost carrier’s CEO today.

“AirAsia X cannot deny the facts, the tickets sold especially during Hari Raya increases, RM1,780 is close to RM2,000.

“If you do not believe, just wait for when schooling resumes and when it is Chinese New Year, just watch the movement of AirAsia ticket prices. I want Aireen Omar to look at their prices herself,” he tweeted.

Bung was responding to Aireen’s statement today in which she stated that his example of a customer being charged RM2,000 for a one-way flight from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur was “completely untrue”.

She said that the average one-way fare for AirAsia flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sandakan was RM213 and during peak season, their highest fare was about RM1,180, which was still the lowest in the market.

Meanwhile, Bung also accused budget airline, Malindo Airlines, of high ticket prices.


AirAsia: RM2,000 for one-way ticket ‘completely untrue’


PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Bhd today refuted claims by Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin that the low-cost carrier had charged a customer RM2,000 for a one-way flight from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur.

Calling this “completely untrue”, AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar said the average one-way fare for AirAsia flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sandakan was RM213.

“Even during peak season, when AirAsia operates flights with 100% load factor, our highest fare was about RM1,180, which still remain the lowest in the market,” she said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Bung had lashed out at AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines, accusing them of having unsatisfactory and inadequate services to destinations in Sabah.

Speaking in the Dewan Rakyat, he claimed that AirAsia rejected passengers even if they were only 10 minutes late and asked them to buy new tickets.

“This happened in front of my eyes. Many village people were crying because they did not have the money to buy new tickets,” he said.

Bung also alleged that AirAsia was focusing too much on charging “hidden costs” instead of operating as a low-cost carrier.

However, Aireen said there were no hidden costs, as Bung had claimed.

“AirAsia guests have the option of choosing how they want to fly and what products they wish to pay for, and all fees and charges are clearly stated on our website and mobile app,” she said.

“In the spirit of ‘concern for the welfare of the people’ as stated by the MP, we wish to invite him to review the differences in facilities and services between airport terminals in Malaysia and look into customer opinions and feedback.”

23 November 2017






AirAsia boss rips into ‘MP’ after Bung complains of RM2,000 ticket

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AirAsia group chairperson Tony Fernandes expressed his displeasure at an “MP” on social media last night.

This came a day after Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the government would take action against the budget airline if Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin’s complaints that a one-way ticket from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur had cost him RM2,000.

Fernandes fired his salvo on both Facebook and Twitter by thanking ministers Liow Tiong Lai, Idris Jusoh and Mah Siew Keong for flying with AirAsia from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The trio had been in the Sarawak capital for a government meeting with Indonesian president Joko Widodo.


“Thanks for travelling with us. (I’m) sure we have (given) you good fares and you didn’t pay RM2,000.

“We have (done) so much for East Malaysia yet some MP never stops complaining,” Fernandes wrote on Facebook.

Bung had complained about the allegedly expensive tickets from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.

In response, Ab Aziz said action would be taken to prevent AirAsia from profiteering and taking advantage of peak-hour flights.

Fernandes retorted by saying that before AirAsia was launched, there were no direct flights from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur.


21 November 2017

Gov’t pledges action against AirAsia over ‘exorbitant fare’

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PARLIAMENT | Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi told Dewan Rakyat today that the government will act against low-cost airline AirAsia which allegedly imposed higher fares during peak hours.

This came after Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) complained that the budget carrier had charged approximately RM2,000 for a one-way flight ticket from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur.

“I have discussed with the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) to take appropriate action to avoid AirAsia profiteering and taking advantage of peak hours (to impose a higher fare) as it would impact a segment of the community,” said Ab Aziz.

Earlier, Bunghad claimed that he saw some villagers were forced to purchase a new ticket after they had arrived late for boarding.

“The villagers complained (that they had) no money, so I gave a bit. Luckily, I have (money),” he said.

“If you (position yourself) as a budget carrier, then you have to impose a cheap fare. From Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur, (you charge) close to RM2,000.

“I don’t know how they can win the best flight (award) for several consecutive years. If I were to rate, I will not give them any marks,” he lambasted.


2h2 hours ago

Ahli Parlimen BN Sabah desak polisi syarikat penerbangan tambang murah dipantau


AHLI Parlimen Barisan Nasional Sabah hari ini di Parlimen mendesak Putrajaya supaya lebih tegas memantau polisi syarikat penerbangan tambang murah kerana didakwa tidak menyebelahi rakyat negeri itu .

Ahli Parlimen Kinabatangan Bung Mokhtar Radin berkata syarikat penerbangan murah Air Asia, misalnya dikatakan langsung tidak bertolak ansur meminta penumpangnya membeli tiket baru walau hanya lewat 10 minit.

Bung berkata ia berbeza dengan polisi syarikat penerbangan tambah murah di luar negara yang akan membantu penumpang mereka terlepas penerbangan dengan memberi mereka tempat tanpa mengenakan caj dalam penerbangan baru.

“Tapi negara kita terutama Air Asia walau lambat 10 minit tapi Air Asia tolak penumpang suruh beli tiket. Perkara ini berlaku depan mata saya ramai penumpang menangis yang tidak mampu beli tiket menangis tak tahu mana nak cari duit nak beli tiket baru.

“Jadi kementerian harus lihat minta penerbangan murah ini buat cara penerbangan murah . Minta mereka belajar di Amerika Syarikat dan Eropah. Ini yang beli tiket ini orang kampung yang susah, nasib baik saya ada ketika itu saya bagi sikit kalau tidak saya tidak tahu mana mereka nak cari duit beli tiket,” katanya ketika membahaskan Rang Undang-Undang Perbekalan 2018 bagi Kementerian Pengangkutan.

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