Low cost airline AirAsia will begin to collect the RM73 Passenger Service Charge (PSC) levied by Malaysia Airports Holidays Berhad (MAHB) from 09 August 2019.
The airline is doing so under protest, after losing is lawsuit against MAHB. The additional RM23 will be billed as “PSC (Under Protest)” to mark the difference to the RM50 that the airline collected previously.
The PSC is not to be confused with the government’s new departure levy that will start 01 September 2019. MAHB charges PSC for all departing passengers for use of airport facilities. Airlines such as AirAsia collects this fee on behalf of the airport operator.
Since July 2018, MAHB had imposed a new PSC of RM73 for passengers using KLIA & KLIA2 for destinations beyond Asean. The fee is RM23 higher than the previous rate of RM50. AirAsia had refused to collect the additional RM23 from it’s guest with the reason KLIA2 has inferior facilities as compared to KLIA and to keep air fares affordable.