PUTRAJAYA: Consumers need to check prices and purchase tickets through official apps provided by airlines to avoid buying tickets at high prices, especially during festive periods, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said.
Loke said that ticket prices would be different if they purchased using other apps.
“If you want to buy Malaysian Airlines Berhad (MAS) tickets, refer to prices on their app, not other apps. If you buy MAS tickets on AirAsia SuperApp, the prices are different (higher),” he said, adding that users should avoid buying last minute if they wanted better prices.
He added that former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong should be knowledgeable about tickey purchasing methods to obtain tickets at special prices during festive periods.
“He (Wee) only checked prices on the AirAsia SuperApp, the former minister isn’t someone who doesn’t know that MAS has their own app. If you want to check on MAS tickets, why use AirAsia SuperApp, it’s like wanting to buy KFC but going to McDonald’s, it doesn’t make sense,” he said at a media conference about Aidilfitri airfare prices here today.
RM3,000 for economy class ticket? Check your facts, Loke tells Wee
Transport minister says predecessor should know about different flight travel classes
Updated 2 hours ago · Published on 16 Apr 2023 3:57PM
KUALA LUMPUR – Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook today called out his predecessor Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong after the latter claimed a return economy class ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau during the Hari Raya period would cost upwards of RM3,000.
In a Facebook post, Loke said a check with Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) group chief executive officer Izham Ismail found that there are in fact no available economy class tickets on sale during that period, as they had all been sold out.
Loke said Izham had also confirmed that the price Wee was referring to was for a business class ticket.
Even then, Loke noted the price offered by MAB for business class travel is only RM2,863.40, less than the figure quoted by Wee in an earlier Facebook post this morning.
“This fact must be corrected. As a former transport minister himself, I am confident Wee understands the difference between an economy and business class ticket,” he said today.
“Regardless, I would like to thank him for the concern he has shown on the issue of expensive airfares and his view on additional flight capacities.”
Loke said he would hold a special press conference at noon tomorrow at the Transport Ministry to provide further information pertaining to flight capacities during Aidilfitri festive period.
Earlier, Wee had expressed his shock and disappointment that a return economy ticket between Kuala Lumpur and Tawau during the festive period would cost RM3,138.
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