Flight frequency affects cargo, says minister

Wani Roslan

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are affected, especially those who imported items from other countries that got stranded.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah in a daily press conference yesterday explained that flights to neighbouring countries are limited.

He shared that flights to Singapore are available twice a week compared to the previous 14 flights a week, and since May, flights to Kuala Lumpur are only available once a week, while there are no flights to Thailand and Indonesia.

“Cargo has become an issue, and items have to be collected for available flights to be brought into the country. Some might have to wait very long and we cannot avoid it,” said the minister.

He shared that currently there are flights available to only five cities – Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Manila and Melbourne.

“If there are items to be imported from Kuala Lumpur, they have to wait once a week and it depends on the amount of items as there is a limit on how much the flight can carry. We would not be able to bring everything in one week,” he said.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew said, “It is part of the challenge and we hope that in the future when COVID-19 starts to ease, we will look at having more frequent flights to some of the cities.”

Items that use air cargo depend on the flight schedule, and shipping via sea cargo may have more options.