No More Departure Fee for AirAsia Passengers in KLIA2

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No More Departure Fee for AirAsia Passengers in KLIA2

In an effort to keep fares low, AirAsia cancelled the the RM3 KLIA2 departure fee for its passengers flying out of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) effective from January, 7.

The KLIA2 fee was first introduced in May 2014 and was used to cover extra expenses that the airline bore at the airport. The reason for that was that KLIA2 was not a great fit for low-cost carriers due to the airport's requirement for compulsory use of certain facilities and services imposed by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) like aerobridges, SITA check-in and boarding systems which low-cost carriers try to avoid in order to reduce ticket prices for their passengers.

In the meantime, AirAsia remains in a legal battle with MAHB over the increase of passenger service charge in KLIA2 which jumped from RM50 to RM73 in order to make the PSC standard in both KLIA and KLIA2. The airline puts sterss on that the facilities in KLIA2 are much inferior to what is offered to passengers in KLIA, and it is totally unfair to make passengers pay the same amount at the both airports.

AirAsia is a popular Malaysian low-cost carrier based in Kuala Lumpur. By fleet, size and the number of the destinations served it is the largest airline in Malaysia.

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