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Old October 7th, 2008, 06:36 AM   #121
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SIA, SilkAir Offer Up To 15 Flights Daily On Singapore-KL Route From December 1
October 06, 2008 11:32 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 (Bernama) -- Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir are offering up to 15 flights daily between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from Dec 1.

"We have extended and strengthened our cooperation with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) by including our sister airline, SilkAir, in our ongoing code-sharing arrangement with MAS on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route," said SIA executive vice-president (marketing and the regions) Huang Cheng Eng in a statement Monday.

SilkAir chief executive Chin Yau Seng said this was the first time SilkAir was flying to Kuala Lumpur and the airline is excited about the prospects for this new route.

SilkAir will commence twice daily flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from Oct 26 while SIA will operate five daily flights. From Dec 1, both airlines will operate four flights each.

Together with MAS, the three carriers will offer up to 15 flights a day.

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Old October 7th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #124
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Tune Air mulls taking AirAsia private
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2008/10/08 BusinessTimes

AIRASIA Bhd's major shareholder Tune Air Sdn Bhd said it may take the airline private at an indicative price of RM1.35 per share.

Tune Air told Bursa Malaysia in reply to a query yesterday that it is one of the options the company is developing to optimise and expand the operations of the airline.

The company, however, said that the price is subject to change, depending on the market conditions at the point of decision.

"It must be emphasised that this option is subject to the availability of financing on acceptable terms from financial institutions and other potential investors in these challenging times, as well as conducive market and industry conditions," Tune Air told Bursa Malaysia.

The announcement did not list out any of the airline's other options.

AirAsia bosses Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamaruddin Meranun have been dodging questions on the privatisation of AirAsia since news of it first broke.

At a ceremony to mark the retirement of the budget carrier's final Boeing 737-300 aircraft on its Malaysian operations, Fernandes said he is optimistic of the airline's prospects despite a worsening global economy. He said the worst has not hit yet and is in fact just starting.

"I predict a recession, which will happen in two years or so. The world's financial system needs a good cleaning ... economies are driven on real value, no make-believe value is going to last for long," Fernandes said in Sepang yesterday.

He maintained though that AirAsia is in a position to capitalise on the situation.

Meanwhile, Fernandes hinted of re- tiring soon as he reminisced about the airline's beginnings in a speech to his staff yesterday.

When questioned on it, he backtracked, saying that he was only referring to the fact that he will have to retire one day.

"Malaysia Airlines can't celebrate yet ... what I am trying to say is, when I go you will not see me sticking around as a consultant or anything like that," Fernandes said.

He also said he wants to close the Subang chapter, saying that the airline has outgrown Subang Airport. AirAsia had lobbied for the use of Subang but the government did not relent as it wanted to make KL International Airport a regional aviation hub.
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Old October 7th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #125
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Proposed new Ipoh airport a boon to Perak’s tourism
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THE proposed airport in Ipoh can be a boon to Perak’s tourism as the existing airport is under-utilised.

Locals as well as tourists and investors need hassle-free and convenient travelling in and out of Perak.

Having the airport in the Seri Iskandar area can be a catalyst for tourism growth for the surrounding areas.

It’s undeniable that Ipoh/Perak doesn't lack scenic destinations that can be promoted extensively (Pangkor, Lumut, Gua Tempurung, to name a few), so why is a new airport a waste?

As for high-rise buildings in Ipoh, I do not see why they shouldn’t be built in Ipoh.

New projects like the Ipoh Tower and Ipoh Tourism Hub beautify the skyline of Ipoh.

High-rise buildings don’t cause Ipoh’s old charm and its natural beauty to fade.

I think the new airport will not become a white elephant if there is proper planning and ambitious plans to turn Ipoh/Perak into a tourist-bound area.

A new airport as well as other infrastructure such as the Ipoh-Penang and Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking railway can bring tremendous growth as well as opportunities for many job-searching youths.
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Talks on suspended AirAsia flights from Kuching
Wednesday October 8, 2008

KUCHING: Sarawak’s Tourism Minister Datuk Michael Manyin will meet AirAsia Bhd group chief executive Datuk Tony Fernandes to discuss reinstatement of the Kuching-Bali and Kuching“Macau flights.

Manyin, who expects tough talks with Fernandez, said that AirAsia suspended the routes due to low passenger load.

“They have asked us to assure that passenger load would be 60% to 70% if we want the routes to be reinstated.

“How can we give the assurance? We were given only two months to market the Kuching-Bali route introduced in May and suspended in August,” he said.

The Kuching-Macau flight will be suspended on Oct 26.

Manyin proposed that AirAsia not fly directly but have a stopover on the return flights of both routes.

He said that AirAsia could use smaller aircraft on the return flights.

“The outbound flights do not pose problems. However, the return flights have low passenger load,” he said.

Meanwhile, Manyin said the state was unlikely to achieve its target of four million tourist arrivals this year due to global economic turmoil.

“People may just decide to stay at home,” he said. - Bernama
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Old October 9th, 2008, 10:27 PM   #127
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AirAsia and Firefly eyeing LCCT in Batang Padang
Thursday October 9, 2008 By SYLVIA LOOI TheStar

IPOH: Budget carriers AirAsia and Firefly are courting the Perak government to operate a low-cost carrier terminal at the Batang Padang district.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said discussion on the airport offering international flights started in May and to date two meetings on the matter had been held.

The state’s commitment is only to provide between 1,212ha and 1,616ha of land while the operator would foot the development cost of the airport, he said yesterday. The new airport would also handle cargo flights.

Speaking to reporters after receiving a courtesy call from Japanese ambassador Masahiko Yoire at his office, Nizar said that the plan, however, still hinged on clearance from the Transport Ministry and Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

The state, said Nizar, needed an international airport to attract foreign investors.

Nizar also added that the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here would be used only to service local flights if the Batang Padang airport project took off.

On the courtesy call, Nizar said that the ambassador had expressed Japan’s confidence in the Pakatan Rakyat-led states.

He had received positive feedback from Perak-based Japanese companies of which two of them would expand their operations here.

The ambassador, said that Nizar, also discussed plans to package Perak’s tourism products to attract Japanese tourists.

They also discussed student exchange programmes between Fukuoka University and universities in Perak.
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AirAsia Wins Best Asian Low-cost Carrier Award
October 10, 2008 11:40 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Low-cost carrier, AirAsia, has won the Best Asian Low-Cost Carrier Award from Asia Pacifics leading travel news publisher, TTG.

The airline won the award for the second time after industry stakeholders, including travel agents, tour operators and destination management companies, voted for it in a three-month poll conducted by TTG.

It won the same coveted award in 2005.

AirAsia Regional Head of Commercial Kathleen Tan said AirAsia would continue to raise its bars of service level and work closely to support its industry partners to boost travel demand.

"AirAsia has flown over 55 million guests and we are certain our innovation through the internet has made travel booking seamless, fast and convenient to the new generation of travellers, thus accelerating travel demand and changing travel landscapes," she added.

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The land jutting out of the coast is part of the runway for the Kuala Terengganu Airport.
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MAHB to woo European, African airlines
By Hamisah Hamid Published: 2008/10/13 BusinessTimes

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The airport operator is confident of finalising talks with two or three new carriers which will start operations in Malaysia before year-end, says its chief
MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects to attract between four or five long-haul flight operators from Europe and Africa at the ongoing 14th World Route Development Forum or Routes KL 2008.

Among the airlines that the airport operator hopes to attract are South African Airways, British Airways and Air France.

Out of 53 airlines operating at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), only Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operate long-haul flights, managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad told a news conference in conjunction with the launch of Routes KL in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Also present were MAHB chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Abd Hakim Borhan, Routes Development Group (RDG) chief executive officer Mike Howarth and RDG senior vice president (Asia Pacific) Mike Berman.

There will be about 30,000 pre-scheduled meetings between 300 airlines and 600 airports during the three-day Routes, which ends tomorrow. MAHB alone has over 200 pre-scheduled meetings, including with airlines that operate long-haul flights.

In a statement issued later, Bashir said MAHB is confident of finalising negotiations with two or three new carriers which will start operations in Malaysia before year-end.

Asked on when the targeted long-haul flight operators are expected to start flying from Malaysia, Bashir said it depends on the respective airlines to decide based on the viability of their services.

It is learnt that negotiations between airlines and airport operators may take months to a couple of years before the airlines decide to operate at the airports.

Bashir said MAHB will discuss with the airlines on how to make the airlines' services viable.

"We will try to address each airline's needs," he said, adding that the viability of the airlines' services will also depend on the demand from passengers and the right fare.

He said MAHB will provide air traffic for the airlines operating in Malaysia by promoting tourism in the country.

"Regionally, we are well covered with airlines from India, Middle East and China," he said.

He also said that since global oil prices have come down again, it may provide impetus for the airlines to re-look their route development.

MAHB operates 39 airports in Malaysia, including five international airports.

Meanwhile, in a statement, MAHB said it has attracted new routes to its five international airports namely KLIA, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Langkawi.

Since early this year, there were more than 55 new routes from 12 airlines, generating about 200 additional weekly flights.

MAHB said another seven destinations will be added before year-end.

"From Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia X will continue their network expansion to Australia, starting services to Melbourne and Perth in November. AirAsia will start flying to Tiruchirapally, while Air Niugini, a new carrier to Kuala Lumpur, is planning to start new services to Papua New Guinea .

"Firefly will also start two new points from Penang to Medan and Banda Aceh," it said.

On the KL-Singapore trunk route, Tiger Air and AirAsia have announced frequency increases with both carriers adding additional four daily frequencies.

This would translate into additional 56 weekly flights on top of the current 129 weekly flights between KL and Singapore, an increase of over 40 per cent.
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Routes 2008 set for Malaysia
27 September, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia will have the honour as the first Asian country to hold The World Route Development Forum (Routes 2008) from October 12-14 next year at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

This prestigious event will showcase Malaysia as both a rising player in the aviation industry as well as a MICE destination.

Forum's host, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB), had competed with regional countries for Routes 2008 and its hosting of a similar forum on a regional level gave it the edge and clinched it the event.

MAHB's Managing Director, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad (pictured), said that although Routes was not as big as other world conferences, "those attending it will be crucial not only for MAHB but also be a boost to Malaysia's tourism industry."

MAHB has lined up an exciting programme for the delegates of Routes 2008, which includes the Formula One championship and sightseeing. It will also offer, for the first time, a spouse and family programme to encourage delegates to have a holiday in Malaysia before or after the event.

Additionally, MAHB hopes that hosting the forum will highlight the KL Internationational Airport as an attractive regional aviation hub and attracts new airlines to Malaysia.

"A lot of the European and American airlines have yet to come to Malaysia and we want to encourage them to do so," said Bashir.

Despite Routes being European-centric, MAHB hopes to attract a large participation for next year's forum. It has set a target of 2,800 delegates and is quite confident of getting the numbers.

Routes' chairman and founder, Mike Howarth, said he expected Routes next year to be a bigger and better affair. This was because Routes would be held for the first time in Asia and would attract both regional airlines and airports, which did not attend past forums in Europe.
Malaysia's Attractions To Be In Spotlight At Routes 2008
October 12, 2008 20:34 PM
By Umi Hani Sharani

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The 14th Routes Forum hosted by Malaysia starting Sunday will be a perfect platform to expose the country's major tourism attractions to the hive of airlines expected to converge here for the annual event.

Themed "The World Is Coming To KUL", Routes 2008 will see the "who's who" of the airline industry getting their first taste of the local scene, a move that can eventually persuade them to extend their routes to this part of the region.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's general manager for marketing, Sallaudin Mohamed Shah, said the firm has arranged various activities that not only promote the cultural aspect of the country but also current activities such as the chance to drive at the Sepang International Circuit.

"These are the decision makers of the airlines and they are here for the first time. So we have taken a great leap (to organise side activities) because Malaysia is renowned as a tourism destination, and we saw the opportunity.

The world (is coming) to us," he told Bernama in an interview.

He said although previous hosts had provided city tours during the events, Malaysia this time has taken the liberty to arrange various social programmes for all delegates to sample various attractions.

Besides city tours to the administrative capital of Putrajaya or the holy site of Batu Caves, those interested can also find their way to the historic city of Malacca.

Malaysia Airports, in working with Tourism Malaysia, has also not forgotten to provide avid golfers with a friendly tournament on the various beautiful greens of the country.

"We are also working with the City Hall to provide delegates free 'hop-on, hop-off' bus passes for them to get to know Kuala Lumpur better," said Sallaudin.

He said the firm was also working with Sepang International Circuit and Sepang International Driving Academy to give free lessons on how to ride on the world-famous Sepang International Circuit which has been hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

"Of course, not forgetting the famous Petronas Twin Towers where we have also given free access for certain time for a certain number of delegates to view the city from the Sky Bridge at level 41," he added.

Sallaudin said these are some of the things aimed at generating greater interest among the delegates to show that Malaysia is an attractive country to visit, rather than them coming here just for meetings.

"There are great tourism opportunities that one can savour. That is one unique thing that no other host has done before," he said. He credited the enthusiasm to make the event a success to the various stakeholders and partners, including Tourism Malaysia, City Hall, Petronas, KLAS (Kuala Lumpur Airport Services) and Malaysia Airlines, as well as various sponsors.

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Malaysian Carriers To Expand Operations Network By Year-end
October 12, 2008 21:16 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Low budget and community carriers -- AirAsia, AirAsia X and Firefly -- plan to further increase their network expansion by year-end.

From Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia X will continue its network expansion to Australia, starting services to Melbourne and Perth in November, said Malaysia Airports Bhd in a statement Sunday.

AirAsia will start flying to Tiruchilapally, India, while Air Niugini, a new carrier to Kuala Lumpur, is planning to start new services to Papua New Guinea.

Firefly will also start two new points from Penang to Medan and Banda Aceh.

"No new carriers are expected on the fully deregulated Kuala Lumpur-Singapore trunk route from Dec 1, 2008," said Malaysia Airports.

AirAsia and Tiger Airways have already announced considerable frequency increases, with both airlines adding an additional four daily frequencies, Air Asia up to six daily and Tiger Airways five daily from one daily.

"This means there are an additional 56 weekly flights on top of the current 129 weekly flights between KL and Singapore, an increase of over 40 percent," it addded.

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MAHB Aims To Bring Five Long-haul International Airlines To KLIA, Says Bashir
October 12, 2008 21:59 PM



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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) aims to bring another four to five long-haul international airlines to KL International Airport (KLIA) from the 14th World Route Development Forum (Routes KL 2008).

Managing Director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said MAHB would like to see more airlines from Europe and Africa such as British Airways, Air France and South African Airways to serve the KLIA.

Currently, 53 airlines are operating at KLIA, of which two are from Europe namely Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, he said.

There were other airlines in Europe that were not flying to Kuala Lumpur and MAHB hoped they would look here as an important destination especially with the strong growing tourism sector in Malaysia, he told a press conference after opening the 14th World Route Development Forum (Routes KL 2008) here Sunday.

On when MAHB is expecting these airlines, Bashir said: "The airlines will decide based on their own financial viability but we will discuss how we can work together to make their services viable. Bashir said two airlines stopped serving KLIA in the past due to the economic crisis.

However, the Lufthansa German Airlines had come back, he said, expressing the hope that British Airways would also return soon.

Bashir said although KLIA was well covered from the regions, there was a gap in terms of long-haul flights.

"Regional airlines from Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, China, India and Middle East are already operating here and we hope they will increase their frequencies," he said.

Bashir said Routes KL 2008 was the opportunity for MAHB to start discussions with the airlines on these issues, he said, adding that MAHB would try to address each airlines' needs for marketing support and facilities.

Bashir said airports that are in an attractive tourist destination was one of the main driving factors to attract airlines easily.

When pointed out that Kota Kinabalu was an attractive destination for tourists, he said by next year the Kota Kinabalu International Airport would have a new terminal and an extended runway to cater for bigger aircraft to cope with the growing air traffic.

The three-day Routes KL 2008, hosted by MAHB, is attended by 2,500 delegates. It is the annual gathering of the route development industry offering formal and informal networking opportunities.

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Airline top brass at world meet in KL
Monday, October 13, 2008, 05.16 AM



Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, Datuk Ong Tee Keat and Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman at
the launch of Routes KL 2008 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.


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MALAYSIA is the venue for the prestigious 14th World Route Development Forum (Routes KL 2008).
This seven-in-one mega event will see about 350 airlines and 650 officials gathering in Kuala Lumpur in October.

Some 2,500 delegates are expected to participate and they will comprise the shakers and movers from the airline and aviation industry as well as those from the tourism sector. Routes KL 2008 is the world’s leading airport-airline networking event, traditionally held in Europe.

Malaysia is the first country in Asia to host it. The seven events to be held between Oct 12 and 14 are the Route Leaders Forum, World Fleet Forum, the International Marketplace for the Development of Airports Forum (AIRTROPOLIS), The Airports — Catalyst For Economic Development Forum (ACED), the 4th International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)/ATAG World Bank Forum, the International Air Route Development Association Annual General Meeting (IARDA) and the Asian Tourism Conference.

Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said a gathering of this magnitude, with high-profile personalities of the airlines, was a golden opportunity for all Malaysians, especially Tourism Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur City Hall, to showcase the real value of Malaysia as a destination.

He said Malaysia should be “sold” as the best destination for holidays. The other aspects of tourism, like the lucrative meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) sector, health tourism, sports tourism and eco-tourism could also be promoted.

“Opportunity is knocking on our door. Apart from providing a conducive environment to conduct business for the forum, Malaysia is presented with the greatest opportunity to make a lasting impression on all guests of Routes KL 2008. “I am convinced that Routes is also the precursor of many tourism breakthroughs for many tourism organisations and it is the ultimate platform for airports to develop their air routes.

“The forum can meaningfully elevate Tourism Malaysia’s marketing activities as Routes is the heart of all planning activities of airlines. This is where key decisions are made to further develop existing routes or start new ones. “Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) and Tourism Malaysia already have a symbiotic relationship. I am happy that Tourism Malaysia is providing support for this event as they have become a partner in all MAHB’s Routes outings since 2001.”

Ong also applauded MAHB for adopting the theme “The World is Coming to KUL” for the forum. This slogan is not only relevant for the event in October but underscores MAHB’s long-term objectives and efforts to make the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) an international hub. KLIA is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

He thanked Malaysia Airlines’ managing director Datuk Idris Jala for providing discounted airfares for delegates from worldwide destinations to easily make it to KLIA.

He also thanked Dr Aminuddin Adnan, CEO of Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERLSB), for offering free passes to delegates on the ERL’s KLIA Ekspres train so that their transfers into the city were seamless.

Also at the function were Tourism Malaysia’s director-general Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Asia Pacific Routes Development Group vice-president Mike Berman, MAHB’s chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman and MAHB’s managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad.

Bashir said Routes KL 2008 was already a winner as almost all its exhibition booth space, comprising 42 large and 40 small booths, were sold out when MAHB took part in Routes Stockholm last September.

At the launch, he also introduced MAHB’s partners in the forum. They were the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, UNKITY, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry, MAS, KL City Hall, KL Convention Centre, KL Monorail, KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd, Sri Sutra Travel, Petronas and Media Prima,

“MAHB is delighted to be the host of Routes KL 2008 after successfully winning the bid against Beijing, Singapore and Thailand. This presents a great opportunity for us to showcase Malaysia’s attractions and also our airport’s strengths, especially after KLIA won the World’s Best Airport (in the 15 to 25 million category) for the third time in a row.

“The partnership demonstrates our seriousness in organising and presenting a memorable Routes KL 2008 experience for delegates. At the same time, it also underlines our capabilities as an airport operator and manager and simultaneously market Malaysia as a tourist destination and KLIA as the hub for the region,” he said.

He said preparations were now under way, spearheaded by the Routes KL 2008 secretariat named “Projek Ikat”, symbolising the spirit of unity and co-operation between MAHB and its partners when bidding for the event in 2005. For more information log on to Share

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MAHB continues to see upward trend for passenger traffic
13 Oct 2008 2:16 PM THEEDGEDAILY

ASEAMBANKERS Research expects Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to offer gross dividend yields of 8.4% to 9.4% per annum, after assuming a 75% pay-out ratio from 2008 to 2010.

“MAHB offers a projected gross dividend yield of 8.4% in 2008, with a likely interim dividend of seven sen to nine sen per share, accompanying its 3Q08 results announcement next month,” the research house said in its latest research note, adding that the dividend is almost 4% immediate gross yield.

However, it maintained its conservative forecasts for 2009 and 2010, which are well below consensus forecasts after implying potential upside if the air travel sector in Malaysia escapes unscathed from the current global turmoil.

Aseambankers Research, which withheld its recommendation on MAHB, said economies and consumer sentiment globally appear to be at a low, which means that ticket sales and average ticket prices could fall.

“From the US to the UK, economic growth appears to be at risk while airlines insist on record-high aircraft deliveries in 2008 through to early 2010, potentially creating oversupply. On top of this, the cost of debt and equity financing has risen, as financial institutions globally adopt wait-and-see attitudes to the turmoil unfolding primarily in the West,” it noted.

MAHB’s July operating statistics revealed that total passenger numbers remained on a steady growth trend. July passenger numbers were 6.2% higher year-on-year (y-o-y). Year-to-date in July, MAHB’s passenger grew to 7.8%, from 2.9% the same period last year.

“Most importantly, on a 12-month moving average basis, which best neutralises excludes one-off or seasonal effects, MAHB’s passenger numbers grew 9.1% y-o-y. This is in line with our 2008 forecast of 9% growth, although our forecasts for 2009 and 2010 remain at 5% per annum for international and 1.5% per annum for domestic passengers.

“The 9.1% growth was as low as 1.1% in February and March last year, but has stepped up steadily to highs of 9.1% in both Jun and July this year. These indicators bode well for KLIA, implying that it can at least sustain 18 million international passenger arrivals annually. Adding over nine million domestic passengers, KLIA would likely host at least 27 million passengers in 2008,” the research house added.

Aseambankers Research said that it is similarly important to note that month-on-month (m-o-m) growth for total passenger arrivals has stayed in positive territory since April 2006. It noted that this unbroken run of 28 months is a key indicator of the overall state of demand for air travel.

“Boosted by double-digit growth in the 12-month moving average of international passengers since September last year, total passengers on a 12-month moving average basis has strengthened from just over 40 million closer to the 50-million mark,” it noted.

The research house also believed that Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd should be relieved as the benchmark WTI sweet crude on New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) is trading closer to the US$90 (RM315) per barrel level, compred to its assumed US$100 per barrel for the 4Q08 to 4Q10.

“This is especially in view of more rapidly declining jet fuel kerosene crack since mid-September, which marrowed from the US$20 per barrel level to less than US$7 per barrel on Oct 8. Note though that 3Q08’s average crude oil price was a whopping 58% higher y-o-y,” it added.

MAHB shed seven sen to close at RM2.18 last Friday.
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Air passenger traffic in Malaysia remains stable
By Hamisah Hamid Published: 2008/10/15 BusinessTimes

MALAYSIA'S air passenger traffic remains stable despite the global economic slowdown and the volatile aviation environment, Airports Council International (ACI) director-general Angela Gittens said.

She said international and domestic air traffic growth in Malaysia in the first seven months of this year was higher than other countries in the region.

Air traffic growth in July 2008 increased by 10 per cent, the highest compared with Australia, Singapore, China, Japan, India, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

"With this kind of stability, I would expect the growth (of air passenger traffic in Malaysia) to continue," she said in an interview during the 14th World Route Development Forum (Routes KL 2008) which ended yesterday.

Gittens said the stable air traffic demand in Malaysia is supported by the strength and diversification of the economy.

However, the local aviation industry will not be spared by events in the global market.

Gittens called on airport operators to look beyond the immediate period and make investment decisions based on a long-term outlook.

"Airports should not over-react to the current situation," she said.

She said competition will intensify, especially from other regions as well as airports which are building their international hubs.

"International hubs like the KL International Airport (KLIA) should be mindful of the competition and shore up its strength and diversify its markets," she said.

Gittens said airports worldwide have to be ready for the long-term increase in demand despite the current credit crunch, the need to shore up cash reserves, greater difficulty in getting financing and increasing material costs.
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Police Take Charge Of Security At Penang, Sabah And Sarawak Airports From Wednesday
October 14, 2008 23:32 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Security control at three international airports, namely Penang, Sabah and Sarawak would come under the purview of the police, starting 8am Wednesday morning to raise the safety standards at all three airports.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the General Operation Force (PGA) from Sabah, Sarawak and North Brigade Battalion would commence duty at the Bayan Lepas International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Kuching International Airport, replacing the Malaysia Airport Berhad's Auxillary Police.

"The focus will be on providing security at the International airports' terminals and other vital installations, including the parameters," said Musa in a statement here Tuesday.

Musa said the PGA would be tasked to prevent trespassing, treason, terrorism and criminal activities to ensure the safety of the building and public.

Musa said Chief Insp. Mohd Nazlan Hambali would head the operation in Kota Kinabalu and ASP Rosdi Enai takes charge of duties in Kuching while ASP Mokhtar Mohd Noor head's Bayan Lepas operations.

Apart from the three units stationed at the respective airports, police would also station "Tiger Platoon" units from PGA on standby duty to counter any crisis.

On May 15, police had also taken over security control at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Musa added that the presence of the PGA would further strengthen and tighten security at airports while other police units on duty at airports would continue to serve in their respective capacities.

"Better security means safer working environment for local and foreign airlines which will certainly help develop the economy of the country," said Musa.

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