KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said he has requested Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) to review the existing Passenger Services Charges (PSC) and come up with new rates based on airport facilities.

“Not all airports have the same facilities as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Other airports like Langkawi and Penang are not as prestigious as KLIA and charges have to be in accordance with the facilities.

“Mavcom has to study the rates again as this impacts the passengers,” he said after meeting Mavcom’s management today.

Initially, Mavcom planned to implement the new set of PSC by 2020 but Loke wants it implemented next year.

Mavcom standardised the PSC for all airports in the country – RM11 for domestic destinations, RM35 for Asean destinations, and RM73 for international destinations beyond Asean since January last year.

In addition, Loke said the meeting also discussed the possibility of capping airfare during festive season for the benefit of citizens travelling back home between Peninsular and East Malaysia.

“People are complaining that air fares to travel home between the Peninsular and East Malaysia are very expensive during the festive season, so we hope to study it and see whether there is a possibility of putting a cap on the air fares,” he said, adding that the issue was raised in Parliament many times.

Loke added that the Ministry doesn’t intend to distort the market, but they also have to take care of the welfare of those who want to go home.

“For those who want to travel to East Malaysia, there is no alternative other than to fly there. But this (ceiling price) cannot be implemented immediately. We have to study it thoroughly,” he said.