PUTRAJAYA: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)â€™s aviation fees will be increased in a staggered manner to soften the blow on the industry, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) on Wednesday.
The Transport Minister said the decision was made following Tuesdayâ€™s engagement session with airline operators, who claimed that the proposed fee hike is â€œtoo suddenâ€.
The move to implement the hike in stages will also mean that airfares are not expected to shoot up as speculated, Liow said.
â€œAn increase in the fees is inevitable, but we will stagger them. This will be a win-win situation for all parties.
â€œAfter my engagement session with industry players, I think they understand that our intention is good and noble.
â€œThey have pledged to work with us, but they requested that we stagger the increase so they can plan their budget.
â€œWith this, I am sure it will also not affect airfares. The crux of this whole issue has always been about trying to not affect passenger fares,â€ said Liow at his ministry.
Liow said the DCA will continue to engage with stakeholders on how best to stagger the fee increase, but did not give a time frame on when it will be implemented.
The minister reiterated that the move to increase the fees, which have remain unchanged since the 1970s, is for the betterment of the industry.
â€œAll parties must understand that we are in the midst of transforming the DCA from a department into a civil aviation authority.
â€œWe need to provide better services, better equipment and better personnel,” he said.-The Star Online