KUALA LUMPUR: Passengers using airports in the country operated by Malaysia Airports Bhd will have to pay a security charge of RM6 for international flights and RM3 for domestic flights from Jan 15 next year.
The charge will be included in the cost of the air ticket, similar to the current passenger service charge, Malaysia Airports said in a statement yesterday.
It said the security charge was applicable for all tickets issued on and after Jan 15 but passengers who buy their tickets before Jan 15 for travel on or after that date are not required to pay the charge.
The statement said the charge was being collected in accordance with Regulation 170A of the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Regulations.
Malaysia Airports said the security charge became necessary after the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York when airports had to significantly tighten security enforcement and procedures.
Many airports around the world began to levy the security charge immediately after the attacks but in Malaysia the additional cost of the enhanced security measures had so far been absorbed by Malaysia Airports, it said.
Malaysia Airports said its security charge was lower than that imposed by airports elsewhere in the world. Bernama
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