‘Size, cost and fare’ for airport charges being studied


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 17 Aug 2019

SEPANG: The government is studying to impose a different level of charges for different airports, taking into consideration “size, cost and fare”, says the Prime Minister.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad questioned if passengers paying for low-cost fares should pay the same level of tax as those flying with full-service airlines.

“We are studying the structure of our taxes so that we will be fair to everyone.

“At this moment when we talk about taxes, there is one level of tax for everyone but everyone is not the same, ” he said after a visit to AirAsia’s headquarters here.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad gestured like a Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad gestured like a "Terminator” being wore a leather jacket by AirAsia executive chairman Datuk Kamaruddin Meranun while AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandez laughing during prime minister visit Airasia RedQ in KLIA2 in Sepang. Also presentis Transport Minister Anthony Loke (left). - MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

AirAsia has been fighting for a fair Passenger Service Charge (PSC), where the current charges are the same for flights from KLIA and KLIA2.

AirAsia’s argument is that the PSC should not be the same as passengers are not getting the same service and convenience.

The airline has also launched a petition on fair airport PSC on Aug 9 and has so far garnered more than 65, 000 signatures.

On calls for the Departure Levy which will take effect Sept 1 to be postponed, Dr Mahathir said that too would be looked into.

The Prime Minister also said that the government would look into calls for the Lynas plant to be shut down but pointed out that an investigation conducted on Lynas’ activities found there was no danger.

“I must admit that when we drew up the manifesto, many things were not known to us. Now we find different information and we have to respond to that information.

“But of course, the people still feel that we should get rid of this from the site. Okay, we will look into that, ” he said.

On a rally to be held tomorrow where one of the agenda was to burn Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto, the Prime Minister said that would not resolve anything.

“They can burn the manifesto but we have to deal with this issue in a commonsensical way.

“You can’t just go around burning manifesto and expect everything to be resolved.

“I’m quite sure that if you burn all the manifesto it doesn’t resolve everything but it will just make people angry, ” he said.

In his speech, Dr Mahathir described AirAsia “as a wonderful Malaysian success story founded on innovation”.

“I would like to congratulate AirAsia for spearheading the budget air travel revolution in this region and achieving numerous milestones along the way, ” he said.

Dr Mahathir said that while he was delighted to see AirAsia constantly challenging itself to adapt and master new technologies, he reminded the airline that success would always bring along higher expectations.

“If you’re not careful and unable to meet and resolve some of the more reasonable expectations and criticisms, the successes may turn against you, ” he said.

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