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Sunday, October 30, 2011

AirAsia X boss slams MAHB for budget terminal delay, airport fees hike

October 30, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — AirAsia X CEO Osman-Rani has attacked Malaysia’s airport operator on Twitter, highlighting the delay in building its budget terminal and rise in airport fees as part of its many inefficiencies.

Azran contends the delay in Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad’s construction of the budget terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) has affected AirAsia’s business operations.

“If the Government allowed AirAsia/Sime Darby to build new low-cost carrier terminal at Labu, it would have been ready by now, no public funds used, and lower charges,” he said in a tweet yesterday.

AirAsia and MAHB had previously locked horns over the the design and location of the new permanent Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (PLCCT) and the existing LCCT.

AirAsia had wanted to work with Sime Darby Bhd on another LCCT in Labu, Negri Sembilan, for RM1.6 billion, but the plan was shot down in favour of the PLCCT. The government eventually ordered MAHB to build the terminal at KLIA instead.

“MAHB promised the prime minister they could deliver the same. Now, delayed construction, public funds cost overruns, and they’re hiking fees! Way to go, GLC,” said Azran.

Azran also criticised MAHB’s announcement of the international passenger service charge (PSC) and aircraft landing and parking charges, saying in his tweets that there had been no consultation.

“The critical failure of this knee-jerk policy decision to reinstate airport fee monopolistic increase, is that there is no consultation or analysis,” he said.

“We keep taking two steps forward, and get dragged two steps backward. Macam mana nak maju? (How do we progress?)” he said.

The PSC has been raised by 28 per cent from RM25 to RM32 for international passengers departing from LCCT-KLIA and Terminal 2 Kota Kinabalu.

MAHB has not responded to calls and queries by The Malaysian Insider.

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