Wednesday, August 21

AirAsia files bid to challenge Mavcom over klia2 service, PSC


KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd and its long haul affiliate, AirAsia X Bhd have filed a judicial review application, challenging the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) for declining to decide on the disputes between Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd (MASSB) and the airlines.

AirAsia said the disputes were about the passenger service charge (PSC) and the reportedly poor level of service at klia2.

The airlines maintained that under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015, Mavcom has a statutory duty to decide on the dispute once mediation between parties has failed, or deemed to have failed.

“The refusal to decide on the disputes is therefore contrary to sections 74 to 78 of the Act,” AirAsia said in a statement yesterday.

AirAsia and AirAsia X had also sought for a mandamus order to compel Mavcom to adjudicate on the disputes between them and MASSB in accordance with its statutory duty.

The airlines said MASSB had filed several court actions, including a defamation claim against AirAsia group’s top executives for making press statements against it, and demanding that the airlines pay the uncollected PSC amounts to them.

Both low-cost airlines disputed the airport operator’s claims and have applied to strike out the legal actions.

The companies have also made a claim for RM480 million against MASSB for damages incurred as a result of poor service at klia2. — Bernama