So I was looking at flight tickets the past few days on AirAsia and I stumbled unto something that completely took me off guard.
If I was drinking something, I’d probably have spurted it all out in my disbelief.
Or choked on it in my horror.
You might want to swallow that drink first before reading on.
Are you ready?
It was THIS:
It’s only a 2 HOURS flight!
The usual price for the Bintulu to Kuala Lumpur route is a few hundred ringgit.
Is there something special about this particular flight that it cost that freaking much??!!
And it’s WITHIN THE COUNTRY, MALAYSIA – or did someone forget their History and Geography lesson when fixing the ticket price?!
Well, here’s a Geography and Mathematics lesson for you.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against Australia. (I would love to go to Australia in the near future.) I’m just using it as an example to state my point.
Bintulu is in indicated by the green arrow.
Kuala Lumpur is indicated by the red arrow.
Both are in Malaysia.
So, tell me kids, by looking at the map, which distance is further if one was to fly?
From Bintulu, Malaysia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?
Or, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gold Coast, Australia?
No brainer right?
Of course, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gold Coast, Australia is further!
While Bintulu to Kuala Lumpur is a 2 hours’ flight, according to AirAsia’s flight schedule below, Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast takes 8hours:
So WHY on earth is Bintulu to Kuala Lumpur flight as expensive (and even more so!) than if one were to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast??!!
To make myself clear, this is not an argument of “we can always use another airline if it’s too expensive” but it’s a matter of being charged REASONABLY by airlines for the routes that they provide. Especially in the case of us in Borneo (the island where Bintulu is on, just fyi), my fellow Sarawakians and Sabahans, who have limited options to fly anywhere if we do not first fly to Kuala Lumpur.
And so, by what logic is such a price like this justifiable?
AirAsia, care to explain yourself?
Note: Ticket price correct as at time of writing.