Transport minister: Allegation of costly flight tickets for 2023 CNY period not true

Transport minister: Allegation of costly flight tickets for 2023 CNY period not true

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong speaks during the press conference on MRT 3 circle line project in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur March 15, 2022. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 — Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong has refuted the allegation of costly flight tickets of up to RM3,283 from Ipoh to Singapore (IPH-SIN) for next year’s Chinese New Year celebration.

He said that based on a check by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), AirAsia tickets for flights from Ipoh to Singapore are priced at RM196 for January 19, 20 and 21 next year, with Chinese New Year falling on January 22.

Meanwhile, tickets for flights from Singapore to Ipoh on the same dates are priced at RM1,185.

“Based on the above data, the return airfare is not RM3,283 as claimed by Wong Kah Won via his Facebook post,” he said in a statement uploaded to his Facebook page.

According to Wee, Wong, who is the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, made the allegation via his Facebook page yesterday.

Wee said airfares the week before and after the Chinese New Year, based on checks, were also much cheaper, with AirAsia flight tickets from Ipoh to Singapore from January 16-18, 2023 costing RM184 while those on January 23-24, 2023 are priced at between RM408 and RM691.

He said the same applied for AirAsia flight tickets from Singapore to Ipoh from January 16-18, 2023, which are priced at between RM434 and RM821, while its airfare for January 23-24, 2023 was between RM408 and RM517.

“Actually, you can check all airfares during Chinese New Year with just a few clicks,” he said. — Bernama

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