Airline companies should also think about how to become more efficient, lower their costs and then reflect these changes in their ticket prices.
There is really no way that they should be able to cite an increase in fuel costs alone and use that as an excuse to cover up the fact that they are not being run well, while requesting that ticket prices be increased to make up for their losses.
This reasoning is very unlikely to convince residents of these outlying islands.
A responsible government has the duty to protect the rights and interests of the people that live on the outlying islands and to allow them to enjoy convenient and reasonably priced flights.
In other words, the most basic need of those living on the outlying islands is a safe, convenient and reasonably priced way home.
Lee Wo-chiang is a professor in Tamkang University’s department of banking and finance.
Translated by Drew Cameron