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Cheaper KL-Singapore flights

KUALA LUMPUR: Travellers will be able to get more cheaper flights between here and Singapore as the two national carriers have agreed to include all their flights between the two countries into an expanded code-sharing agreement.

Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines have expanded their agreement to cover the 26 flights that operate between KLIA and Changi Airport from Monday.

Presently, the two airlines operate these flights on separate flight codes although certain number of seats were designated as shuttle ticket where passengers bought their tickets at the airports.

The rest of the seats, under the previous agreement, must be sold at “published fare” rate.

At present, a published fare rate for a return ticket to Singapore costs RM856 (fare is RM532 while taxes and surcharges is RM324).

The code-sharing will reduce this by about RM200. SIA has already advertised its fare at RM628 inclusive of all taxes and surcharges. MAS is expected to charge about the same.

Unlike a shuttle ticket, where a passenger gets a seat on a first come-first-serve basis, these tickets will be a confirmed seat and travellers need not line up to get a place on board the flight.

A return shuttle ticket without taxes and surcharges is RM431.

MAS commercial director Datuk Abdul Rashid Khan said in a statement the two airlines would determine their own fares for flights between the two cities once the expanded agreement takes effect.

“MAS will commence offering competitive fares for this route effective Jan 25 (today).

“With this new agreement, all air links between Malaysia and Sing-apore by MAS, SIA and Silk Air are now covered by code share arrangements.

“This augurs well for travellers who will continue to enjoy more flight choices and affordable fares for travel on any of the three carriers,” he added.

Analysts said this latest move by the two national carriers were a direct reaction to the two Govern-ments allowing budget carriers AirAsia, Tiger Airways and Jetair Asia to also operate on the Singapore-KL route.

They said the expanded agreement would enable MAS and SIA to promote flights out of the two countries as well, especially with their other code-sharing partners.

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