KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Group Bhd and AirAsia X Bhd will against the court ruling requiring them to pay outstanding passenger service charges to Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd (MASSB).
In a press statement released today, AirAsia founders Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun belived the court has erred and will file an appeal on the decision.
“AirAsia strongly believes that the court has erred and we will appeal this decision. AirAsia will apply for a stay of execution and challenge MASSB’s and its parent Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB’s) actions – which we maintain are a burden on all traveling Malaysians – until we exhaust all avenues available under the law.”
Both airlines were ordered to pay atleast RM40.73mil to Malaysia Airports over unpaid PSC from July to December last year.
The statement claimed that nearly five million of its passengers have “benefited” from AirAsia’s lower PSC.“We would like to reiterate that these legal challenges are not simply a matter between AirAsia and MAHB. In the event we lose in the highest courts of appeal, it is passengers especially Malaysian travellers who will have to pay the differential MAHB is charging. We believe that the people of Malaysia should have the right to a fair deal,” they added.
Fernandez and Kamaruddin were also dissatisfied with Malaysian Aviation Commission’s inaction and lack of action but the budget airline will continue to ask for the commision to intervene on this matter.