Maximum one-way airfare of RM300 for Kaamatan, Gawai festivals

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Maximum one-way airfare of RM300 for Kaamatan, Gawai festivals

By: Patrick Beech

A total of 17,708 one-way flight tickets from the peninsula to Sabah or Sarawak will be sold at a maximum price of RM300 in conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival and Gawai Day, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

All domestic airlines will offer the special price for the travel periods on May 27, 28, and 29 to Sabah and May 29, 30, and 31 to Sarawak.

Travellers can still buy tickets at a lower price if the original ticket price is less than RM300.

"The government bought (a total of 17,708 tickets) from the airlines and we sell them all at a maximum discount price of RM300," he said as reported recently.

The maximum price does not include taxes and fees, but with the purchase of the ticket, users will be protected according to the Malaysian Aviation Consumer Protection Code 2016 (MACPC).

The overall estimate for subsidising the purchase of flight tickets to Sabah and Sarawak throughout the period offered was between RM5.8 million and RM11.4 million.

Following the sale of flight tickets for the Johor Bahru-Sibu route for the three days before the Gawai Day celebration, Loke also said Batik Air will provide a special charter flight service with a frequency of once a day on May 29, 30 and 31.