‘New air­port tax lev­els play­ing field’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETAL­ING JAYA: The an­nounce­ment by Malaysian Avi­a­tion Com­mis­sion (Mav­com) on the new pas­sen­ger ser­vice charge (PSC) will help level the play­ing field.

Malaysia Air­lines Ber­had group chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Bellew said it will play an im­por­tant part in the turn­around of Malaysia Air­lines, adding that it had been tough get­ting the PSC equalised at KLIA and klia2.

He pointed out in a state­ment that the new charges will see a re­duc­tion of some RM30 per pas­sen­ger for Asean pas­sen­gers at KLIA, which will be the same fee as klia2.

“The Kuala Lumpur air­port charges will be equal for do­mes­tic and Asean flights from Jan 1 next year and the au­thor­i­ties plan full equal­i­sa­tion by Jan 1, 2018,” Bellew said.

He said cus­tomers will have the op­tion to choose what­ever ter­mi­nal they wish in Kuala Lumpur and MAS will have a “Freedom Fares” sale from to­day un­til Nov 8 on se­lected Asean routes with fully in­clu­sive fares from RM149 and do­mes­tic fares from RM99.

Bellew said MAS looks for­ward to work­ing with Mav­com to im­ple­ment full equal­i­sa­tion in 2018 for in­ter­na­tional flights.

Mav­com said Malaysia was the first Asean coun­try to in­tro­duce a PSC tier for travel to Asean na­tions.

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