Now everyone will have to pay extra to fly

PETALING JAYA: The airport tax or Passenger Service Charge (PSC) is to be increased in all airports in the country soon, reported The Sun today.

The report said the new PSC rates would affect domestic and international categories, as well as a new “Asean” category.

According to aviation sources, the new PSC charges will be – RM11 for domestic flights (an increase of RM2 from the current RM9), RM73 for international flights – up from the current RM65 out of KLIA, and RM32 from klia 2. The charges for Asean countries will be RM35.

Those flying to international destinations out of klia2 are the most affected as they have to fork out RM41 more, said the report.

The new PSC rates were reportedly approved by the Cabinet yesterday and Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai was expected to make an announcement soon, it added.

According to an aviation expert, the new rates would help “level the playing field” among airlines and help Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad provide “better services to the public”.

He also downplayed the tremendous increase in PSC for international flights out of klia 2, as “an extra RM30 to RM50 should not matter much for a person paying thousands for their tickets.”