Malaysia

Most tickets on public transport for Christmas, year-end holidays sold out

December 22, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 – Seats on public transportation to most destinations in the country during the Christmas and year-end holiday seasons have been fully booked.

A check showed that flight, train and bus tickets to many destinations have been sold out.

Many of the people rushing for tickets at several bus stations in the city were students from institutions of higher learning who wanted to return home for the holidays.

At Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) ticketing assistant Nur Ashikin Baharom said only a small number of tickets for flights to Sabah and Sarawak tomorrow and on Monday were available.

“For those who did not make early reservation, it is going to be tough to get tickets because generally most seats are fully booked,” she said.

KTM Intercity senior marketing manager, Mohd Noordin Kimi, said all train tickets up to Dec 31 for trips from Kuala Lumpur to the south, east coast and north had been sold out.

“Tickets for travel dates up to Dec 31 were sold out as the Christmas holiday is during the school holidays, and prompted most city folk to book their tickets early to return to their hometowns and villages,” he said.

However, Mohd Noordin said, tickets were still available for the Electric Train Service (ETS) from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.

A Sani Express counter clerk at Pudu Sentral, Wajida Abu Hassan, said the express bus company had no plan to offer additional bus services though tickets for destinations in the north and east coast had been sold out.

Passengers heading to the east coast can still get tickets on the Mara Liner and Shamisha Express at Hentian Putra while those heading north can still get tickets on Shamisha Express. – Bernama