Matta calls for abolishment of airport tax to increase passenger flow

File picture of a man walking in front of a flight board at KLIA2 in Sepang April 30, 2014. Matta president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat said that people using low-cost terminal KLIA 2 looked for budget travelling and would welcome removal of the airport tax. — Reuters pic
File picture of a man walking in front of a flight board at KLIA2 in Sepang April 30, 2014. Matta president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat said that people using low-cost terminal KLIA 2 looked for budget travelling and would welcome removal of the airport tax. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 — The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has called for the abolition of the passenger service charge or airport tax to increase “passenger flow” to the country.

Matta president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat said that doing away with the airport tax would also encourage more Malaysians to travel overseas.

“Some countries such as the UK are not charging airport tax. We should follow suit. I believe we can increase the number of visitors this way,” he told reporters.

Hamzah said that people using low-cost terminal KLIA 2 looked for budget travelling and would welcome removal of the airport tax.

“Abolishing the tax would make travel more affordable, there would be frequency increase of flights... all of which will mean greater passenger follow to the country,” he added.

Hamzah did not cite statistics but said that the overall flow of tourists into the country had not been affected by the weakened global economy.

“Likewise, there has not been any decrease in the number of Malaysians travelling abroad,” he said.

At a press conference earlier, it was announced that Emirates is the official airline partner for the Matta Fair 2016 which will be held from September 2 to 4 at the Putra World Trade Centre.

The fares to be offered by Emirates at the fair cover popular destinations in Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East.

All-inclusive Economy class fares start at RM2,299 to the United Kingdom, RM2,679 to Ireland, RM2,339 to Europe, RM2,199 to the Middle East and RM3,929 to the Americas. Business class fares start at RM10,409 to the United Kingdom, RM10,639 to Ireland, RM8,839 to Europe, RM6,739 to the Middle East and RM12, 779 to the Americas.

Bookings have to be made between August 26 and September 12 for travel between September 2, 2016 and March 31, 2017. — Bernama

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