PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has decided to reduce the Passenger Service Charge (PSC) for passengers using airports other than the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to destinations beyond Asean from RM73 to RM50.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the new PSC rates will take effect on Oct 1.
Passengers who have paid for PSC for flights after said date can make a refund claim from their airlines.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) had in July last year raised the PSC for KLIA2 passengers travelling to non-Asean destinations to RM73 from RM50, which is the same rate as the full-service terminal KLIA.
The PSC is not the same as the government's new Departure Levy that will take effect on Sept 1.
Loke said the Cabinet's decision to reduce PSC was to balance with the Departure Levy, as well as encourage the growth of the tourism sector.
"The departure levy was announced by the Finance Minister during the Budget 2019 presentation, as a means to add government revenue and improve the country's fiscal position.
"But at the same time, we hear the people's views on the increased costs, so the Cabinet has decided to reduce the PSC to balance with the Departure Levy," he said.
PSC for Asean destinations remain at RM35 and RM11 for domestic destinations.