By: Patrick Beech
Good news for East Malaysians looking to head back home to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families.
Low-cost carrier AirAsia is offering additional flights to Sabah and Sarawak, with fixed fares starting from RM199 and RM249 one-way for the upcoming festive season.
The airline said there would be 52 special extra flights to six destinations in Sabah and Sarawak.
"All seats will be available for booking starting Dec 28, 2022," it said, adding that apart from the extra special flights, it also operates 274 flights weekly to the same destinations.
Transport Minister, Anthony Loke also encouraged other airlines to emulate the same or introduce other initiatives that could reduce airfares, especially during festive seasons.
"As we usher in the new year, we look forward to continue working with industry players such as AirAsia to cater to the needs and welfare of the people," the minister added.
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri, as well as from Johor Bahru to Kuching, Sibu and Miri are only RM199 one-way, and from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and Tawau, as well as Johor Bahru to Kota Kinabalu at only RM249 one-way.