Revised airport tax: MAHB says no official confirmation yet

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 23): Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) says it still has not received any official information or confirmation from the authorities on the revision to the passenger service charge (PSC).

MAHB however told Bursa Malaysia in a filing today that it would continue to liaise with the relevant authorities on any potential revision to the PSC and will make further announcement, after official notification.

“MAHB wishes to announce that there is no official information or confirmation from the authorities on the revision to the PSC,” it said. “As such, MAHB are not in a position to make any statement on this matter.”

Yesterday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said a “new set of PSC”, known commonly as airport tax, would be implemented by Jan 1, which will see higher rates imposed on air travellers.

Liow maintained that despite the upward revision, the new charges would still be considerably lower, compared with those in many other countries.

Liow declined to elaborate further on the details of the new rates, saying Malaysia Aviation Commission (Mavcom) is in charge of releasing details.

In response, Mavcom said it briefed the cabinet on the new PSC structure on Wednesday, and will discuss internally, before making an official announcement at an appropriate time.