Matta calls for abolishment of airport tax to increase passenger flow

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents () has called for the abolition of passenger service charge or airport tax to increase “passenger flow” to the country.

Matta president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat (pic) said that doing away with the airport tax would also encourage more Malaysians to travel overseas.

Some countries such as the UK are not charging airport tax. We should follow suit. I believe we can increase the number of visitors this way,” he told reporters.

Hamzah said that people using low-cost terminal klia2 looked for budget travelling and would welcome removal of the airport tax.

He did not cite statistics but said that the overall flow of tourists into the country had not been affected by the weakened global economy.

“Likewise, there has not been any decrease in the number of Malaysians travelling abroad,” he said.

At a press conference earlier, it was announced that Emirates is the official airline partner for the Matta Fair 2016 which will be held from Sept 2 to 4 at the Putra World Trade Centre.

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