AirAsia ceased charging the RM3 fee (US$0.70) for all flights departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) starting yesterday.
The fee, which the airline terms “klia2 fee” was introduced in May 2014 to cover the additional cost imposed by Malaysia Airports Holdings (MABH) for the use of mandatory facilities such as aerobridges and SITA check-in and boarding systems at klia2.
This was not charged when AirAsia operated out of the LCC Terminal previously.
AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said: “We have said from the very beginning that klia2 is not fit for LCC operations, and we will be going directly to Malaysia Airports for all extra costs they’re (levying on) us.”
This comes on the back of the Malaysian Aviation Commission saying that AirAsia’s klia2 fee would become illegal once the Malaysian Aviation Consumer Protection Code is updated to prohibit airlines from imposing unnecessary charges on passengers, The Malaysian Insight reported.
The proposed amendment is currently awaiting approval by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Meanwhile, the airline is in the middle of a legal battle with MABH, which sued the airline last month over unpaid passenger service charges, according to the same report. Malaysia Airports is claiming RM9.4 million from AirAsia and RM26.71 million from its longhaul affiliate, AirAsia X.