KUCHING: Budget airline AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) was today served with a letter of demand from Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to retract and withdraw their previous press statements on the ongoing dispute between the two entities over passenger service charges at KLIA2.
In a press release jointly issued by AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat and AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, they said that while the letter of demand from MAHB was unsurprising, they were puzzled as to why the national airport operator continues to use to its dominant position and the threat of legal action to stifle and suppress fair comments.
“We would like to reiterate that we have only been responding to suits filed by MAHB over the Passenger Service Charge (PSC). In furtherance of open dialogue and an amicable solution, we offered to mediate as required under the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) Act to resolve all outstanding issues; however, MAHB summarily rejected this overture,” said the press release.
AirAsia went on to maintain that a court battle between MAHB and itself would only impart negative effects on Malaysia’s economy and aviation industry.
“Nevertheless, we stand by what we have said and maintain that the current threat of legal action is unwarranted. We will avail ourselves of all avenues to defend ourselves against all actions, whether through mediation and arbitration as the law requires, or in the courts of law as MAHB seeks.”
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