KUALA LUMPUR — Oct. 4, 2019: Low-cost airlines AirAsia and AirAsia X have filed a summon of RM479.78 million against Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn. Bhd. due to what they deem to be negligence at KL International Airport 2.
The summon is for being loss and damage caused by negligence on the part of MASSB, its servants and/or agents in the management, operation, maintenance and/or provision of airport services and facilities at klia2, said AirAsia Group in a filing to Bursa Malaysia today. The writ of summons was filed at a KL high court last Wednesday.
In a separate statement, the group said both airlines had earlier sought mediation by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) in accordance with the Mavcom Act. Despite this, Mavcom refused to mediate and a subsequent attempt by AirAsia to seek a judicial review of Mavcom’s inaction was dismissed.
AirAsia CEO Riad Asmat and AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said the airlines were forced to take this legal action despite their best efforts to settle the matter amicably and through the right channels.
“We feel compelled to file this claim as we were left with no other recourse to protect our interests.
“This dispute all started when MAHB filed a civil suit against us over passenger service charges after rejecting our offer to go for mediation,” they said, adding that AirAsia and AirAsia X had always been open to resolving issues with their partners constructively and contend that MAHB was heavy-handed in filing the suit.
AirAsia’s share on Bursa Malaysia closed the day two sen lower at RM1.68 after 11.29 million shares changed hands while Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, the parent company of MASSB, ended four sen higher at RM8.70 with 1.10 million shares transacted. — Bernama