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December 25, 2007

MALAYSIA/AVIATION
IATA wants an end to different passenger service charges at Klia
Airlines must not be discriminated through different passenger service charges and should be given the option to operate from airports that they prefer, says International Air Transport Association (IATA) director-general and chief executive officer Giovanni Bisignani.

"You can provide a different level of service but it should be up to the airlines to decide on which airports to use," he said, stressing his disappointment over the substantially different passenger service charges between the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) and the main terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.

The charge for international travel at the LCCT was slashed to RM25 (US$7.46) last June while at the main terminal, it is RM45. "The charges should be exactly the same," he told Bernama on the sidelines of IATA's Global Media Day in Geneva last week.

Bisignani reiterated what he had described last October, that the significant difference in passenger service charges between the two terminals are unfair and discriminatory. The Geneva-based airline body, which represents 240 airlines, cannot accept such a practice, he added. "We cannot accept that we subsidise a certain kind of low cost airlines with money that we provide," he said.

"We have good relations with the Transport Minister and the chairman of the airports (Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd)(KLSE:5014). "We have started discussing and I'm sure we will resolve it in an effective way." Minister Chan Kong Choy had said that Malaysia has agreed to further deliberate with IATA on the matter.


Courtesy Bernama

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