15 December 2019, Sunday | 03:21pm

High Court ruling creates fairer competition among airlines: MAHB


KUALA LUMPUR: The latest court ruling over its dispute with AirAsia Group has provided clarity on the issue of passenger service charges implementation, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court, today, ruled in favour of MAHB in its civil suits against AirAsia Group Bhd and its unit AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) over unpaid passenger service charges (PSC) and late payment charges.

In its summary judgment, the court ordered AirAsia to pay a combined amount of RM40.73 million in unpaid PSC and a combined amount of RM792,381.74 in unpaid late payment charges.

MAHB chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said the ruling would not only allow the airport operator to collect the gazetted PSC amount but creating an environment of fairer competition between airlines operating at the two terminals of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

“It will also allow Malaysia to be better aligned to international guidelines, including with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) principle of non-discriminatory pricing at airports,” Raja Azmi said, in a statement today.

MAHB said the government had in January 2017 gazetted the equalisation of PSC at all local airports, while in January 2018, the equalisation of PSC for non-Asean international passengers of RM73 came into effect.

Raja Azmi said all airlines operating from both terminals at KLIA would have to collect from passengers and pay the same amount of PSC to MAHB. The High Court also dismissed AirAsia’s striking out application in the three suits against it.

Source: New Straits Times https://bit.ly/2O6XxGg

Picture credit: convergence.malaysiaairports.com.my


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