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Lower senior KL-Labuan fare urged
Published on: Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Labuan: The Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce (LCCC) has appealed to the recently appointed Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Capt Izham Ismail for Malaysian Airlines Bhd (MAS) to provide a lower senior citizens fare on the Labuan-KL-Labuan sector.

LCCC Chairman Datuk Wong Kii Yii said: "Present fixed fare on the sector was high and deprived many from here to visit the Federal capital for various purposes. There are alternative airlines operating from Kota Kinabalu and choice of fares were available to travellers in Sabah but not in Labuan.

"We are very much dependent on the national carrier and it would bring cheers to many here who are eligible for such lower fares. Offering such fares would also mean the airline is fulfilling its corporate social responsibility."

In a letter to the CEO last month and copied to the Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Rozman Isli and 13 other officers in the Transport Ministry and other agencies, Wong said:

"The present MAS Labuan-KL-Labuan fare fluctuated between RM580 (minimum) to RM2,100 (maximum) and this was a rate not affordable to many from the low and middle income group yet they were forced to travel due to medical reasons or other purposes. Such a fare is not helping to promote domestic tourism as well."

He also requested that fare for seniors should be extended to cover other category of passengers such as OKUs and those physically or mentally challenged, irrespective of their age.

Speaking on another point, Wong urged the airline to have a fixed flight schedule on the sector and flights should not be cancelled or re-timed at short notice as it will cause inconveniences to traders and others.

He suggested that the airline used a fixed flight schedule for a year or so before introducing a new one as "this makes planning easier for travellers."

Regarding the MASwings flights on the Labuan-KK sector, Wong said that after the morning flight from Labuan at 7.50am and from KK at 6.20am, there were no more flights until 2pm, making it difficult for many to fly from here after 6am or from KK after 6am.

"At least one flight should be slotted between the long gap from 6am to 2pm." - Sohan Das

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