August 12, 2006 12:55 PM
Give Airlines Time To Fine-tune Flight Schedules Properly, Says Lau
SIBU, Aug 12 (Bernama) – AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and FAX (Fly Asia Express) should be given ample time to fine-tune their domestic flight schedules as they have just taken over the services only about half a month ago.
The Member of Parliament for Sibu Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew said he was confident their respective management would be able to have the same flight frequencies as previously provided for by MAS.
Lau, who is also Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister, said this in response to the growing chorus of dissatisfactions over the services provided for by both companies.
“AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes has promised both our (State) Tourism Minister Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh and myself that the frequency of flights especially between Sibu/Kuching/Sibu and other popular destinations will not be less than those provided for previously by MAS.”
“This is still a transition period for them. Let us all be patient,” Lau said when the subject of the growing dissatisfactions was brought up to him as the MP for Sibu after a function here today.
“We will make sure AirAsia and its subsidiary FAX will live up to their promises.”
Friday,the United Chinese Associations UCA) of Sibu led by its president Datuk Lau Chieng Kiong sent a strong protest to both MAS and AirAsia saying their rationalisation exercise had greatly disrupted the travel plans of local travellers and businessmen alike.
He had described the exercise as “irrational and will eventually drag the whole travel service industry in the state into disarray if no immediate step was taken to rectify the situation.”
Lau said previously there were eight daily flights on the Sibu-Kuching-Sibu route but now these had been reduced to just four, two in the morning by MAS and two in the afternoon by AirAsia.
In Miri too, similiar dissatisfactions had been brought up against FAX with regard to its rural destination flight schedule, penalties on missed flights (not due to the passengers faults), arrangements for stranded passengers and increased fee in the Bario-Ba Kelalan sector.