KUCHING: The new Passenger Service Charge (PSC) of RM73 for passengers travelling from KLIA and klia2 has not gone down well with travellers.

Sarawak Institute for Public Affairs (Sipa) director Philip Wong, for one, said the PSC was unfair, arguing that it should be based on services provided.

“Given that the facilities offered at KLIA and klia2 are different, we are of the view that the PSC for the two terminals should not be the same.

“The additional RM23 across the board charge for a full service airline like MAS and a budget airline (AirAsia) is grossly unfair to latter whose airfares are generally cheaper,” he said in a
statement here yesterday.

Wong said it made budget airlines less competitive.

“For instance, RM23 for a RM1,000 air ticket is only 2.3 percent but RM23 for a RM500  air ticket is 4.6 percent.

“Given that airlines are ultracompetitive and operate on very low margins, the new charges by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) will be disrupting the ecosystem of the travel industry,” he said.

Frequent traveler Alvin Rosewelt concurs with Wong, saying that the across the board charge was unfair to passengers using klia2.

“MAHB should have done a proper study first before deciding on the PSC rate. RM73 might be seen as okay for KLIA passengers. But for klia2, do you think it is fair?” he said.

Alvin hoped Transport Minister Anthony Loke would call for a review of the PSC.

The PSC is imposed by MAHB on exiting passengers for use of airport facilities and is collected by airlines on behalf of the airport operator.

MAHB had imposed a PSC of RM73 since July last year on passengers using klia2 to destinations beyond Asean — the same rate as at the full-service terminal KLIA and RM23 higher than the previous rate of RM50.