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Sarawak allows airlines to fly in full capacity

KUCHING (June 10): The Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has approved the decision for full capacity flights between Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak, and vice versa, effective today.

Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Lee Lim Shin said the decision was made after taking into consideration various factors.

“Although the approval has been given for interstate travel and on 100% flight capacity, all agencies such as airport operators and airline operators must follow strictly the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for passengers at the terminal and while inside the aircraft,” he said in a statement here today.

In order to help accelerate domestic economic recovery, he said all airlines, whether operating to and from Sarawak or operating within the state, are allowed to resume their flights according to their frequencies before the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) introduced on March 18.

“For this purpose, all airlines need to officially apply with the SDMC to increase their flight frequency to Sarawak and within Sarawak."

Lee said prior to this decision, information that had been obtained by his ministry revealed that airlines had been charging exorbitant fares for their flights between Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak.

“For example, the flight fare from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching was RM2,100 and from Kuala Lumpur to Miri was RM2,366,” he said.

The higher fares were due to lower passenger load due to the SOP to curtail Covid-19.

He hoped that with the decision, airlines could cope with the current situation and reduce their flight fares to a reasonable level that is acceptable.

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