Malaysia Air­lines lauds new charges

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in­ter­na­tional (be­yond Asean) PSC be­tween KLIA and klia2, and a re­view of the PSC to be per­formed in 2017 with a view to com­plete equal­i­sa­tion.

In ad­di­tion, Mav­com is also de­vel­op­ing a frame­work that links aero­nau­ti­cal rev­enues to the sat­is­fac­tion of cus­tomers and stake­hold­ers. The frame­work will be in­tro­duced in 2017.

Malaysia Air­lines Bhd (MAB) wel­comed the changes in PSC rates and lauded Mav­com’s plan for com­plete equal­i­sa­tion of PSC on in­ter­na­tional routes by 2018.

“It is im­por­tant for the turn­around of MAB that we fight for ev­ery dol­lar-and­cent sav­ings pos­si­ble. There is much work to be done but this news cre­ates op­por­tu­nity for us to com­pete on a level play­ing pitch in Malaysia,” its group chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Bellew said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

AirA­sia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fer­nan­des said the new charges are good for con­sumers.

How­ever, the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion said it was dis­ap­pointed that the equal­i­sa­tion was not done for all the PSC at KLIA, call­ing it a “half step for­ward”.

“The re­vi­sion in PSC will also see some costs in­crease. The over­all aim should be to min­imise air travel costs for Malaysia so as to reap the full so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of avi­a­tion. Avi­a­tion cur­rently sup­ports over 500,000 jobs in Malaysia and US$13 bil­lion (RM54 bil­lion) in GDP. This is ex­pected to dou­ble by 2035,” it said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

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