AirAsia’s War: More Than Just Increasing Airport Tax

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a giant rock, you’d know that Air Asia CEO, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has been busy waging war against a hike in airport tax.

The Transport Ministry recently gave MAHB the green light to raise passenger service charges by 28 per cent, and aircraft parking and landing charges by nine and 18 per cent respectively over three years.

Airport taxes at Penang, Kuching and Langkawi will rise to RM65 from RM51, and to RM32 from RM25 at low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs) in Sepang and Kota Kinabalu.

An agreement signed between MAHB and the Transport Ministry in February 2009 set a benchmark airport tax rate of RM65, excluding LCCTs, with the government compensating the airport operator for any difference.

AirAsia has questioned whether the increases were justified based on the quality of the terminals, but MAHB has maintained its airport charges were already the lowest in the region.
— Sourced from MalaysiaInsider.com

While I’m all out for everything he and his supporters are standing up for (including his latest stunt) but I can’t help but wonder if he could channel some of that feisty energy into making the basic flying experience much better for AirAsia guests.

Take last night’s flight for instance, not only was our flight back from Singapore delayed, the plane they used had obviously seen far better days. My tray was embarrassingly held up by nothing but masking tape, which by the way made enjoying a pack of pipping hot Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak particularly challenging.

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#mealtimehorroronboardAK710
Seriously? Haih, takkan dah jadi macam Bas Persiaran?’ — via @kayla_z on instagram
OMG! So cacat. Getting from bad to worse!” — via @lihsian on twitter
Thank God that wasn’t the door!!!” — via @AlvinKyen on twitter

Guess it’s true…you get what you pay for.

Fingers crossed…hope our AAX flight in two days time will not suffer the same fate.

2 Responses to AirAsia’s War: More Than Just Increasing Airport Tax
  1. J the chocoholic
    December 6, 2011 | 10:01 am

    On on hand: OMG. Thats terrible!

    On the other hand: ROFL. Hee-freakin-larious!

  2. iamthewitch
    December 7, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    Oh dear! Masking tape!! They should have upgraded your seat! :)