Friday, May 25, 2007

New airport tax apply to tickets issued after June 1

The reduced airport tax for flights from low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs) will only apply to tickets issued from June 1.

Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) senior general manager (operations) Datuk Azmi Murad said the new rates did not apply to those who had bought tickets in advance for travel on or after that date.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said on Wednesday that for the LCCTs in Sepang and Kota Kinabalu, the airport tax for domestic travel would be reduced from RM9 to RM6.

For international travel, the tax will be reduced to RM25.

On queries from The Star readers who said that the current airport tax was the same as the new rate of RM6, Azmi clarified that at present the rates for domestic and international flights were broken down into passenger service charge (or airport tax) and security charge.

The new rates lump both charges as one charge under passenger service charge without any breakdown but inclusive of the security charge, he said. (see table)

“The rates are now standard and will be applicable to all future LCCTs in the country,” he said, adding that the charges would be remitted to the MAB through airline tickets.

On statements by the Transport Minister and Tourism Ministry that airlines should refund the airport tax and fuel surcharges to passengers who did not board their flights, Azmi said it was up to the airlines to make such refunds.

He explained that MAB did not know who pays the charges because the airlines only submit the names of passengers who board the planes.

Source : STAR
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