KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 9, 2019: Low-cost airline AirAsia has launched a petition to protest the RM23 additional passenger service charge for those travelling beyond Asean which used to be RM50.
At the time of writing, the petition which was launched mid-last night has received 26,870 signatures. It actually began seven days ago as a draft.
“We opposed this increase by not collecting the additional RM23 from consumers,” the airline stated in the petition.
AirAsia said the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) was designed and operated as a low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) and thus passengers should not have to pay the same PSC as the far more well-equipped and luxurious KL International Airport (KLIA) terminal.
“The PSC had always been lower at klia2, up until 2018 when the rate was increased and equalised for reasons unknown.
“We believe that a high PSC stifles tourism, hampers economic growth and makes Malaysia considerably less attractive to visitors compared to other destinations,” AirAsia argues.
To recap, charges paid by passengers at klia2 for flights to destinations outside of Asean have more than doubled since 2016.
Up to December 31, 2016, the PSC was RM32 per person but starting from January 1, 2017, it was increased to RM50.
Effective July 1 last year, airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad imposed the higher PSC of RM73 per.
Despite this, AirAsia refused to collect the additional RM23 to ensure that air travel remains affordable for all, saying it believes the PSC hike is unreasonable.
Nevertheless, due to a recent court ruling, the budget airline decided to collect the higher PSC from midnight last night under protest, with the differential amount to be clearly indicated in the itemised fare as ‘PSC (Under Protest)’.
In the petition, many expressed their disagreement, describing the tax as unfair and too much to bear. — Bernama