PSC in Malaysia ‘one of low­est in re­gion’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY RAJVINDER SINGH

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The Pas­sen­ger Ser­vice Charge (PSC) or air­port tax in the coun­try is among the low­est in the re­gion and has not been raised over the last few years, says an avi­a­tion ex­pert.

“If a study were car­ried out on the level of ser­vice and qual­ity of in­ter­na­tional airports in the coun­try, it would be eas­ily proved they pro­vide high-qual­ity ser­vice.

“This level of ser­vice, in­clud­ing lack of con­ges­tion and easy ac­cess to the airports, do not re­flect the PSC that is be­ing charged,” he said.

The ex­pert said the PSC in coun­tries like Thai­land, Cam­bo­dia, Viet­nam, Myan­mar and Sin­ga­pore is far higher, at the equiv­a­lent of RM110 for Viet­nam, RM110 for Myan­mar, RM92 for Thai­land and RM104 for Sin­ga­pore.

He said all air­lines that use air­port fa­cil­i­ties have to pay the charges as stated, with no ex­emp­tions.

Mean­while, AirA­sia Ber­had chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fice Aireen Omar said the in­crease in tax will be a di­rect bur­den to be shoul­dered by the peo­ple.

This would make air travel more ex­pen­sive and re­duce over­all de­mand for ser­vices of­fered by all air­lines op­er­at­ing in Malaysia, crimp­ing tourism, threat­en­ing jobs and hurt­ing the econ­omy.

The air­line said in a state­ment that the fa­cil­i­ties at klia2 are far in­fe­rior to those in KLIA as there is no aero­train, a lack of wal­ka­la­tors, long walk­ing dis­tances and smaller gates with poor board­ing ef­fi­ciency, just to name a few.

It added that the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two ter­mi­nals alone are ob­vi­ous rea­sons why the PSC should not be the same.

Malaysia Air­lines Ber­had said it wel­comed the an­nounce­ment on equal PSC for both airports.

It said in a state­ment that some 51 air­lines, the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Asia Pa­cific Air­lines (AAPA) have all re­quested equal charges be­tween the old ter­mi­nal and the su­per new fa­cil­ity at klia2.

The air­line said equal charges will al­low the air­port au­thor­ity to in­vest in vi­tal re­pairs and up­grades of the 18-yearold KLIA ter­mi­nal to match the su­per new fa­cil­i­ties at klia2, adding that this would also al­low Malaysia Air­lines to com­pete on a ra­tional ba­sis in bring­ing down fares.

... Arena Cipta Klasik Sdn Bhd di­rec­tor As­farena Samion (left) re­ceiv­ing the 'Malaysia Book of Records' cer­tifi­cate from its of­fi­cer Lee Pooi Leng af­ter suc­cess­fully cre­at­ing the 'big­gest hibis­cus replica made of beads' at the Malaysia Agro Ex­po­si­tion Park Serdang yes­ter­day.

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