Can anyone share with me how does the airport tax be calculated or defined?

I used to fly with AirAsia from Johor Bharu but I don’t understand why Senai airport tax is higher than LCCT airport tax for flying to the same destination (either domestic or international flight). I also like to find out if we have to pay higher airport tax for the further routes from the same airport. And why do some countries impose higher airport tax while some airports are tax free?


  • Muqaddis

    I believe Senai International Airport is being managed by other organisation not MAB thus the charges might be higher.

  • Mohd Irwan

    kinda puzzled..perhaps senai airport is bringing up more facilities eg the new mall. Sadly the air connection from senai airport is very scarse despite its international status.

  • Adikk

    You’d have to understand that, unlike LCCT, Senai airport is a full operations airport like KLIA, thus the higher a/port tax incurred.

  • Joseph

    not to mention, it also caters passengers working in singapore. >.>

  • Raja

    Passenger Service Charge or PSC or Airport Tax is a form of aeronautical charges. Aeronautical charges are regulated all over the world and are different from country to country. In the case of Malaysia, it is regulated under the Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulation (MCAR) 1996. PSFC is used to cover the cost of maintaining and managing the terminal, elevators as well as the flight information system and various other facilities. It is also used to provide baggage carts and passenger information services. It is not base on flight distance as mentioned.

    In the case of Changi airport, they have different charges for Main terminal and Budget terminal though the aircraft departs on the same runway. The charges at the two different terminals are $15 from budget terminal and $28 from main terminal, though from the same airport to any destination in the world. Either you depart to London or Kuala Lumpur it’s the same.

    For airports in Malaysia, the government allows two budget terminals for lower PSC i.e LCCT in KLIA and LCCT in Kota Kinabalu.

    For other airport terminals beside LCCT, refer to Regulation 170 of the MCAR and the Twelfth Schedule as below:

    Regulation 170. Passenger service charge.

    A passenger service charge shall be payable in respect of any person boarding an aircraft carrying passengers for hire or reward at the rates specified in Table 2 of Part A of the Twelfth Schedule.

    (Regulation 170)

    (i) RM6.00 for each passenger proceeding to any place within Malaysia.

    (ii) RM45.00 of each passenger proceeding to a destination outside Malaysia.

    Such service charges are applicable to the following airports:

    Alor Setar, Bintulu, Ipoh, Johor Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Trengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Langkawai, Limbang, Malacca, Miri, Mulu, Pangkor, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau and Tioman.

    (iii) RM20.00 for each passenger from Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Labuan and Miri airports proceeding to destinations in Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei Darussalam), Balikpapan, Manado, Pontianak and Tarakan (Indonesia) and Davao City, General Santos, Puerto Princesa and Zamboanga (Phillipines) and in Banda Aceh, Medan and Nias (Indonesia) and Hat Yai, Narathiwat and Pattani (Thailand).”.

    On another note, which airport charged the most expensive airport tax in the world? It’s good to know.

    I hope the above gives some input on how charges came about at the airport.