Reliable sources have confirmed that AirAsia owed Passengers Service Charge (PSC) (formerly known as ‘Airport Tax’) of more than RM50 million to Malaysia Airport Holding Bhd (MAHB).
Passenger Service Charge (PSC) is paid by departing passengers. The PSC is collected by the airlines upon purchase of tickets and is only paid to MAHB upon completion of the flight. Passengers who do not travel on the flight for which they have purchased the tickets are eligible for full refund for the PSC.
Therefore, these passengers are advised to obtain the PSC refund from the respective airlines concerned. Please read HERE.
This is not the first time that AirAsia owed PSC/Airport Tax. In 2010 AirAsia owed MAHB of about RM120 million in Airport Tax for more than 5 years. After the matter was brought to the attention of the 4th Floor Government in Parliament, AirAsia was compelled to pay the said outstanding airport tax. Instead of imposing an interest for the outstanding airport tax debt, AirAsia was granted by the 4th Floor Government a huge discount of about 25%. By right the 25% discount should have been passed on to the passengers who have paid for the Airport Tax. In this case, AirAsia benefitted from the said Airport Tax debt!
In November 2011 the Ministry of Transport had confirmed that AirAsia had collected from no-show passengers totalling RM6.5 million and AirAsia X RM498,000 and both companies have not handed over the said sum to MAHB and/or returned to no-show passengers, HERE.
Yours truly believes that up to this date the said PSC had not been refunded to the no-show passengers and/or paid to MAHB for safe-keeping. Despite having kept the said PSC, in December 2014 AirAsia had posted losses of RM429 million and AirAsia X RM650 million.
In March 2014 AirAsia saw it fit to arbitrarily imposed RM3 KLIA2 Fees on top of the PSC. For all the hidden charges imposed upon the passengers by AirAsia please read HERE.
In January 2012 AirAsia owed a small sum of Airport Tax to Indonesian Airport Authority, its aircraft was not permitted to take off until full settlement of Airport Tax debt. Of course, AirAsia had no alternative but to settle the said outstanding Airport Tax in full, HERE.
It boggles the minds why AirAsia was so daring to owe PSC/Airport Tax, refuse to move to KLIA2, refuse to use aerobridge and dictating terms to MAHB, HERE.
By the way, in December 2014 AirAsia had posted losses of RM429 million and AirAsia X RM650 million and yet its CEO has been quoted to have said that AirAsia X intends to expand its service to Hawaii, London, Paris and etc, HERE.
Why MAHB and the Ministers of Transport, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, are condoning and/or encouraging AirAsia to chalk up such huge outstanding PSC debt of more than RM50 million when AirAsia is supposed to pay to MAHB all PSC collected upon passengers departing from our airports?