Buat kaki travel, pengumuman tentang kadar kenaikan tambang ERL ke KLIA dan KLIA2 pasti bukanlah sesuatu yang menggembirakan. Harga tambang RM35 ketika ini pun sudah dianggap mahal oleh sebilangan kaki travel, inikan pula dengan RM55 bagi perjalanan sehala atau RM100 bagi perjalanan pergi dan balik.
Menjengah ke laman sesawang Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd hari ini, mereka memaklumkan tambang baru ini akan berkuatkuasa mulai 1 Januari 2016. Jelas mereka, ini merupakan semakan harga tambang pertama sejak ERL mula beroperasi hampir 14 tahun yang lalu. Semakan ini telah diluluskan oleh Kerajaan melalui Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD).
Berikut adalah sebahagian petikan kenyataan media yang disiarkan :-
“Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) announced today that its fares will be revised effective 1st January 2016. This is the first revision since ERL commenced operations almost 14 years ago. The revision was approved by the Government through Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) in accordance with Section 120 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010.
From 1st January next year, the fare will be RM55 for a one-way trip between KL Sentral and KLIA/KLIA2. This is a discounted rate as ERL has been authorised to revise the fare to RM64 based on the terms of the concession agreement.
“We structured our new fares with our customers in mind. We recognise that the rising cost of living is a challenge, and are working on ways to make more fare options available to our passengers,” says Noormah Mohd. Noor, Chief Executive Officer of ERL. “We will continue to find ways to reduce the impact without compromising our service and safety standards,” Noormah adds.
“We would like to give passengers new options to reduce their costs when they travel. We are working with our partners such as MasterCard to offer attractive discounts. For example, passengers travelling to the airport on KLIA Ekspres can pay as low as RM40 per trip, which is only RM5 more than the old fare of RM35,” she added.
Discounts up to 20% are available when using certain credit cards, and ERL is in discussion to expand the list. Passengers are also encouraged to buy their tickets online, through the mobile app and from ERL’s kiosks as they can enjoy 10% off. Users of the Touch ‘n Go card will save 10% during the promotion period. Travellers can also save RM10 by purchasing return tickets between KL Sentral and the airport.
For daily commuters on the KLIA Transit, a new 44-trip Monthly TravelCard will be offered to ensure that they can commute to work daily, while keeping the increase to a minimum. TravelCard users will enjoy discounts of 17% – 83%, with an average discount of 45%. Senior citizens and disabled persons will continue to receive discounts of 30% on one-way fares on the KLIA Transit.
Today, the KLIA Ekspres still offers the lowest airport rail transfer fare in the world.”
Jadual di bawah menunjukkan tambang baru ERL bermula 1 Januari 2016. Pilihan terletak di tangan korang. Hendak gunakan ERL atau sebaliknya. Kalau korang travel berkumpulan antara 3 ke 4 orang, lebih baik naik Airport Limo sahaja. Rasanya lebih jimat apabila berkongsi.