The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has recently confirmed that they are planning to charge all international travelers leaving Malaysian airports with a RM 1 (0.23 USD) However, passengers flying with Rural Air Services (RAS) in Sabah and Sarawak will be exempted.
Apparently, MAVCOM says that they are planning to impose this levy because the government has decided to cease their funding by 2018, after two years. In an attempt to be financially independent to fund their operations, MAVCOM has officially submitted amendments on the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2016, which will be tabled and read in the next Parliament sitting in October.
Based on the number of passengers departing from Malaysia in 2016, MAVCOM can expect to take in RM21.81 million a year if the levy is passed. While RM1 may seem like a nominal fee, MAVCOM is also looking into equalising passenger service charge (PSC) among all local airports starting next January.
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