May 24, 2007
Putra Jaya: Airport tax for passengers at the Low Cost Carrier Terminals (LCCTs) at the KL International Airport and the Kota Kinabalu International Airport will be reduced from RM9 to RM6 for domestic passengers and from RM51 to RM25 for international passengers.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, in making the announcement Wednesday, said the reduction, for tickets purchased on or after June 1, 2007, aimed to raise Malaysia’s potentials as an operational hub for low cost carriers in Asia.
“The new Passenger Service Charge (airport tax) rate includes the Security Charge, and the same rate would be applied at new LCCTs that might be built in future.
“The lower airport tax for passengers is in line with the state of facilities and services provided at both the LCCTs,” he said at a press conference at his office, here.
He said the airport tax and Security Charge at other airports in the country were unchanged and continued to be collected separately, that is, RM9 (RM6 for airport tax and RM3 for Security Charge) for domestic passengers and RM51 (RM45 for airport tax and RM6 for Security Charge) for international passengers.
“The Government is confident that the implementation of the new airport tax at the two LCCTs will have a positive effect on increasing the number of air passengers,” Chan said.
The Minister said the new service charge for the two low cost carrier terminals would ensure that Malaysia had the cheapest airport tax rate in the region.
He said the airport tax reduction would not result in the Government bearing any subsidisation cost.
“We could reduce the service charge (airport tax) at these two airports because the facilities available are limited, for example the airports do not have aerobridges,” Chan added.
Asked if the Government would reduce landing charges at the two low cost terminals (KLIA and KK) as requested by Air Asia, the country’s first low cost and no frills flight operator, he said the matter was being discussed by Air Asia and Malaysia Airports Bhd.
“We have not decided on that as yet, as the two parties were still discussing the matter,” he added.
To another question if the Government was planning to build any more low cost carrier terminals in the country, Chan said: “No, we do not have plans as yet”. – Bernama