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The five million tickets Malaysia Airlines is offering at its travel fair in two weeks’ time will see discounts of up to 70%. 

Air tickets purchased at the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair (MATF) will also allow a longer travelling time period compared with offers in previous years. Travellers will now have nine months to do so as the offer will be valid from Feb 24 to Sept 30.  

Last year, the cheap tickets had to be used within four months.  

According to industry sources, MAS is keeping its price list secret until the last minute to prevent competitors from “stealing its thunder”. 

“A good indication of what the fares will be like is to look at the International Supersavers that it is offering on its website. You can be assured the MATF fares will match those on the Internet, if not even cheaper,” said a source. 

At present, the cheapest fare for a trip to Hong Kong on the MAS website is RM700 while the lowest price offered for a Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai flight is RM850. 

The MATF will be held from Jan 31 to Feb 6 and is a ‘virtual fair’ as tickets can be bought at all travel agents registered with MAS.  

Bookings and purchases can also be made through the airline’s website, www.malaysiaairlines.com, or by calling the airline’s 24-hour call centre at the toll-free number 1 300 88 3000 in Malaysia. 

The MATF, which is into its fourth year, is part of MAS’ turnaround strategy to increase revenue during the low season. 

Malaysia Airlines commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said the promotion fares would be in line with the national carrier’s new fare structure, which was launched on Monday. 

“We urge our customers to take advantage of this opportunity and plan their travels with us well in advance,” he said, adding that the deals were not available for certain dates that were super peak travelling periods. 

In the 16 fare classes under the new MAS fare structure, travellers who planned their trips early would be assured of cheaper tickets. 

For the MATF last year, MAS offered discounts of up to 70% on European routes and 75% for some Asean destinations. 

It is also learnt that the national carrier would again impose the same conditions as last year, where it allowed one-way airfare for passengers to make their return journey from another city but made it expensive for those who wanted to change travelling dates. 

MAS is expected to reveal the number of seats to be made available for popular destinations for MATF at a press conference on Jan 22