KOTA KINABALU: Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun has urged Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to review its flight services in Sabah. He said that although the State Government has on numerous occasions asked MAS to increase its flight frequency for the busy KK-Sandakan and KK-Tawau sectors, the airline has not done so, to the detriment of the state’s tourism industry.
Speaking to reporters after officially launching the MATTA Travel Fair Sabah at Sabah Trade Centre yesterday, Masidi said, “I have asked MAS to rethink the rates – even though they have introduced several packages, I feel the rates is still very high for Sabahans.”
For example, he said business class rates on KK-KL sector were raised to RM1,700 from RM1,250 although the service provided is still the same. Although the airfare price increase is attributed to the rising cost of fuel, Masidi said that prices could be adjusted from time to time according to the fuel price in the world market.
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