We don't know if it's really happening, but we hope it does.
According to this report by The New Straits Times
, the government is currently looking into ways to reduce airfare rates for domestic flights.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi told the daily that the Ministry has roped in the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) to conduct a survey following complaints of irregular price hikes.
The price hikes were pretty severe, according to Ab Aziz, as a normal flight from the peninsula to Sabah could reportedly spike up to RM800 during peak season from its normal price point of around RM160.
That is more than four times the normal price, and Ab Aziz said that the price range is beyond most Malaysians' means.
The government has zero say in airplane ticket rates, as ticket prices usually depend on factors such as fuel price, market demand and an airline's operational cost.
So once Mavcom completes the study by June, the government will reduce domestic airfare rates "to a reasonable rate", said Ab Aziz.
Unfortunately, though, the study won't include international flights, so it's still going to cost you an arm, a leg and perhaps half your kidney if you want to go on a two-month Europe trip.