Malaysian Aviation Commission to regulate flight ticket prices ahead of GE15 after claims of prices doubling

Malaysian Aviation Commission to regulate flight ticket prices ahead of GE15 after claims of prices doubling

With Malaysia’s 15th general elections (GE15) set to take place in just under a month from now on Saturday, November 19, 2022, many will be making plans to travel to their assigned polling locations. While most will be driving, others will use public transport to get to where they need to go.

For those who must book a flight, transport minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong has said that the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) will regulate the prices of flight tickets to ensure airlines do not increase prices arbitrarily ahead of GE15, Bernama reports.

This comes following allegations that airline ticket prices had increased significantly following the announcement of the polling date for GE15 yesterday. A quick check on social media showed plenty of users faced with expensive fares, including Twitter user @IcedNyior, who was quoted RM730 to fly from Johor Bahru to Kuching, double what she was originally quoted.

Another user with the Twitter handle @brandconsultant said a direct economy flight between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur costs as much as RM2,376 over the election weekend, while it was as much as RM720 from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching and up to RM647 between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

Malaysian Aviation Commission to regulate flight ticket prices ahead of GE15 after claims of prices doubling

Wee explained that flight ticket prices would normally increase according to the dynamic pricing mechanism, which typically happens if there was an event involving a large number of passenger movements.

Even so, he said MAVCOM would take actions if airlines were found to have raised prices against the set conditions. “Based on the dynamic pricing mechanism for any airline in the world, the earlier it (the ticket) is booked, the cheaper it is and the closer to a date or event, the price will be higher,” he explained.

Do you have to fly back to vote? How much are you being quoted for a flight ticket and is it higher than what you normally pay? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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  • Casual reader on Oct 21, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Msians dont like inconvenient truths. They prefer false promises and fantastical myths.

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  • Monsoon flooded polls..u serious? on Oct 21, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    There is a Chinese saying, ” Rob when the fire is raging”.Air many creditors wrote off billions for u to recover from ICU.Now, u whack innocent rakyat left,right,centre…with no sign of remorse.Just a bit immoral and obscene.

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  • Najib lanun on Oct 23, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Malaysia boleh mampus

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    • Sick & Tired on Oct 24, 2022 at 9:52 am

      That’s what Pakatan tried their best to do. Lucky us, they fallen b4 they could do their worst… oh wait, we still have to pay RM 60billion to pinoy royalty thanks to them. So yes, they DID do their worst!

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  • before GE then only tunjuk wayang!

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    • Sick & Tired on Oct 24, 2022 at 9:54 am

      Airasia had always tunjuk wayang. Their ticket prices goes up and down depending on demand of the day. I wish airlines can fixed their prices for the whole year and not go up and down.

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