‘Why should klia2 get spe­cial treat­ment?’

> Source says PSC equal­i­sa­tion should not have been made an is­sue

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

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The equal­i­sa­tion of klia2 pas­sen­ger ser­vice charge (PSC) for nonAsean routes from RM50 to RM73 should never have be­come a is­sue, said an avi­a­tion source.

The source said pas­sen­gers at all other air­ports in the coun­try are pay­ing the same charge, so why should klia2 be given spe­cial treat­ment?

“All air­lines op­er­at­ing out of klia2 had been given a year to pre­pare for the in­crease in PSC and just as it was about to be im­ple­mented, it be­came a big is­sue,” the source said.

Cit­ing the ex­am­ple of in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Pe­nang, Kuch­ing in Sarawak and Kota Kin­a­balu in Sabah, the source said all pas­sen­gers fly­ing out of these air­ports to non-Asean des­ti­na­tions have been pay­ing the full PSC charge of RM73.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the naysay­ers’ ar­gu­ment that the ser­vices at klia2 are not very good does not hold wa­ter as they are try­ing to say ser­vices at the other in­ter­na­tional air­ports are bet­ter than klia2.

Since Jan­uary, the PSC rates have been stan­dard­ised for all air­ports at RM73 for non-Asean, RM35 for Asean and RM11 for do­mes­tic routes, with the ex­cep­tion of klia2 for non-Asean routes, which re­mained at RM50.

Malaysia Air­ports Hold­ings Ber­had said the new tier for the Asean PSC rate saw a drop of 46%, from RM65 to RM35, which ben­e­fited about 18 mil­lion pas­sen­gers.

It said this last phase of equal­i­sa­tion is for non-Asean in­ter­na­tional PSC at klia2 from RM50 to RM73, in­volv­ing about 4.5 mil­lion de­part­ing pas­sen­gers a year of which about 70%, or three mil­lion, are for­eign­ers.

Malaysian Avi­a­tion Com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Gen­eral (Rtd) Tan Sri Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad has said the gov­ern­ment would be forced to fork out RM60 mil­lion in sub­si­dies if the PSC for non-Asean des­ti­na­tions at klia2 was not equalised.

He said pas­sen­gers us­ing the air­port should rightly take up the higher charges and not the rakyat, some of whom have not even en­tered an air­craft or taken a flight.

“Ac­cord­ing to MAHB statis­tics, 70% of de­part­ing pas­sen­gers to non-Asean des­ti­na­tions are for­eign­ers, so why should the gov­ern­ment sub­sidise their PSC?” the source said.

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