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Old July 22nd, 2010, 04:33 PM   #1481
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Are they trying to copy Singapore's concept by having a garden in the terminals? Singapore Changi Airport has a Cactus Garden in Terminal 1, Fern, Sunflower and Orchid Garden in Terminal 2, Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3 and a Fragrant Garden in Budget Terminal.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 07:14 PM   #1482
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NOO..klia is already airport in the jungle from begining...its not copying changi..the terminal design inspired from tree..the timber cyling,the jungle airport..and roof tropicale garden at parking building
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 05:10 AM   #1483
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Are they trying to copy Singapore's concept by having a garden in the terminals? Singapore Changi Airport has a Cactus Garden in Terminal 1, Fern, Sunflower and Orchid Garden in Terminal 2, Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3 and a Fragrant Garden in Budget Terminal.
Oh..please, this jungle in the airport concept was conceptualized waaaay from the beginning when the KLIA was built back in 1990s. The recent addition to the jungle center in the Satellite Building is the Jungle Boardwalk. Previously, the jungle area was not accessible to public. At least we have a mini jungle here in KLIA, Changi only has various gardens......

This greenery concept in an airport is not new, and certainly not pioneered only by Changi......It also certainly does not carry weight to say that whatever is seen in other airports similar to Changi meant it was copied....
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The cactus garden was opened in 1998, the butterfly garden was officially opened in 2008, the budget terminal (second after KLIA's) was also opened in 2000s. (source)

KLIA and the base for this jungle is completed by 1997.

Conclusion? I don't see anyone is copying anybody here. It is simply because "Being Green" is a trend of end 90's and is still the trend and a principle in building new airport.
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"An airport in a jungle, a jungle in an airport" is the original design theme developed for the terminal building by the late Mr. Kisho Kurokawa, the architect of KLIA.

There may be similarity between the two but defineitely not cloning. Changi is a "garden (quote)", KLIA is more like a "jungle".
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Three-month maintenance break for KLIA Aerotrain
By DHARMENDER SINGH


SEPANG: The Aerotrain service at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) linking the main and satellite buildings will be suspended for three months from November to facilitate maintenance works.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the Aerotrain units were due for full servicing and maintenance works as they had been operating for 12 years and clocked about one million kilometres.

He said during this time, 16 buses would be used to transport passengers between the main terminal and satellite building.

"We want the public to know that we are not ending the service and there are no serious problems with the trains. I hope there is no speculation over the matter.

"Scheduled servicing and maintenance have to be carried out as the trains have been in use for such a long time," he told press conference here Thursday, after an official visit to the KLIA, Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) and the Civil Aviation Department watch tower.

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Old August 14th, 2010, 08:09 AM   #1487
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PJI bids for LCCT sub-contract works
By June RamleePublished: 2010/08/14
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PJI Holdings Bhd (7122) has put in a bid to the UEM Construction Sdn Bhd and Bina Puri Holdings Bhd joint venture for a mechanical and electrical engineering services contract at the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, said its acting head.

The UEM-Bina Puri venture recently won a RM997.23 million contract from Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to help build the LCCT.

"Yes, we are pursuing sub-contract works for mechanical and electrical services, which are part of the main terminal building package," acting manging director Lim Chong Ling told Business Times.

Lim is acting manging director, as his predecessor Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai quit the company in June, paving the way for him to be appointed as deputy finance minister.
According to Lim it will take a few months before PJI knows the result.

It was reported last year that PJI had submitted a tender to supply engineering services to MAHB for a contract worth between RM400 million and RM500 million.

The LCCT, slated to be ready by 2012, aims to cater to 30 million passengers per year, with potential capacity for 45 million passengers per year.

Elsewhere, PJI is also looking to continue to build up its relationship with IJM Corp Bhd, one of the largest diversified construction companies in the country.

Lim said that the company has been IJM's sub-contractor for many years and has carried out projects such as Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Hotel Alam Warisan, Putrajaya and Putrajaya Maritime Centre.

"We will continue to pursue projects from them from time to time,"he added.

Meanwhile, Lim also said that PJI's forecast revenue for this year is expected to be in the RM90 million range, with the company expecting to remain focused on the domestic scene.

"We have no plans to diversify abroad due to the high capital investment and currency fluctuation risks," said Lim.
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Emirates may be first to land A380 superjumbo on KLIA
By B.K. SIDHU Saturday August 14, 2010
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‘We are in the top half in terms of revenue generation and importance'.


WILL Emirates swoop in ahead of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to be the first airline to land the A380 superjumbo at the KL International Airport in a commercial flight? Emirates is giving much thought to this possibility and given the good growth it is experiencing, this may well happen. But it is likely that we will have to wait until next year to find out.

The Dubai-based carrier already has eleven A380s in service, which it uses for several hot destinations such as London and Sydney. By 2020, it should have built up a fleet that includes 90 A380s and 132 B777s.

MAS has ordered six A380s. However, this has been delayed several times. The ball is now in MAS’ court as to whether it wants to pick up the aircraft or just cancel the order.

The earliest it is likely to get an A380, if it decides to go ahead with the purchase, is in 2012. This is why an Emirates A380 may touch down sooner at KLIA than an A380 with MAS livery.

The passenger numbers for the Dubai-KL route are on the rise and this has prompted Emirates to consider flying the A380 on this route, possibly by early next year. “It would be sooner than later, but it depends on passenger growth,’’ says Kavin Martinus, Emirates country manager for Malaysia.

Emirates began mounting flights into KL from Dubai in October 1990 with three weekly flights. Now it operates three daily flights. It has another flight, the Dubai-KL-Melbourne route, which uses KL as a transit stop. Martinus says the response has been good and the airline now uses the B777 for the route.

Last year, about 718,000 Middle Eastern tourists arrived at KLIA. Of these, about one tenth flew on Emirates. “With the additional flight (the transit flight), we expect to carry about 100,000 passengers this year with air passenger traffic volume on the increase,’’ Martinus says.

He adds that it is not just the sandy beaches and the shopping in Malaysia that appeal to the Middle Eastern tourists; they also see Malaysia as a destination that offers value for money.

The political tension in Bangkok has also diverted some traffic into Malaysia and Martinus believes there is a lot more untapped potential, especially in Sabah and Sarawak. If promoted properly, he says, there is room for further growth in tourist arrivals from the Middle East.

Air passenger traffic has picked up since late last year and according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the traffic statistics for June 2010 showed passenger demand up 11.9% from a year ago. Load factors are in line with historical highs of 79.8% for passenger traffic.

According to IATA’s world air transport statistics, Emirates ranked top in in 2009 in terms of international revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), with 118,284 million RPK ahead of Lufthansa’s 118,264 million.

“Revenue-wise, we are achieving our targets today and we are contributing to the network,’’ says Martinus, who declines to reveal the numbers.

The Emirates Group reported revenue of 45.4 billion Dubai dinars at the end of its last financial year ended March 2010. The carrier flies to 59 destinations and “we are in the top half in terms of revenue generation and importance”, says Martinus. “KL as a point of sale is a revenue generator and it has grown over the years. From the time we started, the revenues have grown more than ten-fold.”

The number of seats available now has jumped from 750 in a week to 1,110 in a day, and the airline has changed the aircraft type from A310 to B777.

Of the 71,800 passengers that flew on Emirates last year, 75% came from other parts of the Emirates network and the rest were Malaysians. More than 10% travelled on Emirates to go beyond Dubai. Most of them went to Europe.

Emirates’ business and first class fares are actually 15%-20% higher than its competition. But the two classes are popular with travellers. Martinus says Emirates averages 70% load for the Dubai-KL-Dubai route.

The challenge for Emirates is to deal with competition and the economic changes in its markets.
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By Jeeva Arulampalam Published: 2010/08/20
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AIRPORT operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) says its aerotrain service that shuttles between the KL International Airport's (KLIA) main terminal and satellite building will be down for about five months from November.

MAHB senior general manager of operations Datuk Azmi Murad said the Track Transit System (TTS), or aerotrains, will undergo upgrading works until March 15 next year.

As a result of the transit system shutdown, 12 shuttle buses will be stationed around the clock to transfer passengers between the contact pier at the main terminal and the satellite building.

While MAHB's dry run shows that it takes an extra eight minutes for departing passengers to commute from the check-in area to the departure gates at the satellite building using the shuttle buses, passengers travelling on international flights should allocate additional time.

"We are embarking on the KLIA Spur Line project which will see modifications to the existing 2 three-car trains and the adding of another three-car train," Azmi told reporters at a briefing at KLIA yesterday.

The project will also see the construction of a maintenance and storage facilities building, or depot, close to the satellite building. There will also be a new spur line integrated with the existing train shuttle system.

Azmi added that the project will address the future needs of the ultimate train system with the construction of the a new satellite building, which could be in three to four years.

The spur line will connect the present satellite building (A) with the future satellite (B) building.

Konsortium Bombardier-Hartasuma Sdn Bhd was given a 32-month contract to complete the project, valued at RM208.58 million. The entire project should be completed by September next year.

"The reason for carrying out this project is to facilitate maintenance for the current train operation and accommodate overhaul works of the existing and future trains," said Azmi.

The dual-lane shuttle system has one train each. One track has a recorded mileage equal to 44 trips around the world, while the other track has recorded 48 trips.

Currently, when maintenance works are carried out on either train, only one train is left to function. Therefore, an additional carriage will ensure that, in future, two trains will work at any given time.

Azmi said the shutdown of both aero-trains was a necessary precautionary measure.

"There may be flying debris due to hacking of structures, compromising passenger safety. One of the existing tracks is equipped with high-tension cables, so it puts the safety of workers at risk," he said.

He added that the shutdown period would otherwise drag to nine months.
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AirAsia may consider aerobridges at new LCCT
By Jeeva Arulampalam Published: 2010/08/27
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...jferi/Article/

BUDGET carrier AirAsia Bhd (5099)may consider using aerobridges at the new permanent low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) to aide passenger convenience, says its chief.

"MAHB (Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd) has given us a proposal on using aerobridges and if we can get the right economic deal, we will consider it," AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Tony Fernandes told Business Times yesterday.

Fernandes added that the airline would still be able to meet its 25-minute turnaround time with the usage of aero-bridges.

The low-cost carrier (LCC) has previously resisted using aerobridges at the current temporary LCCT to keep its cost structure low and be in keeping with its quick turnaround time.
Fernandes said that the airline was also working with the airport operator MAHB to find innovative ways to enhance the passenger experience and security at the new LCCT in Sepang.

"We are assisting them in creating a centre for LCCs to converge and a world-class hub. MAHB has incorporated a lot of what we have asked and in understanding of our needs," he added.

Among the considerations taken into account by the airport operator include the number of parking bays dedicated to AirAsia and AirAsia X and a dual-mode runway that helps reduce the planes' taxi time.

"We are happy with the airspace planning and that the runway will be able to accommodate our A330 and A340 planes," he said.

One outstanding issue that has yet to be resolved though is the public connectivity to the new LCCT.

"We hope that the ERL and KTM services can be extended to the new terminal," said Fernandes.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new LCCT, to be officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, will be held next Monday.
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To complete a 30M passenger capacity terminal in merely 20 months! That's almost Mission Impossible in my opinion. The testing and commissioning of the airport systems alone would take 4-6 months but that's for a normal terminal building. If LCCT's systems are much simpler than normal terminal, they may be able to make it. Keep our finger crossed.

The design of the LCCT appears like a spaceship, and the . Very interesting. Also a bit like the older Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle. Does anyone know who the designer is?
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I don't think so, bro. I used to travel by the Air Asia Skybus several times last year. If you come from the city towards the Main Terminal, you just need to turn right at the roundabout and driving at the edge of one of the runway. There you'll find the site of the new LCCT, approximately less than 2 km. And if you turn left and circling the whole complex, I don't believe it would reach 20 km as well to reach the site.
You're not taking the considerations of weather conditions and lugging all ur belongings/luggages! Who would wanna walk, u need some kind of transportation to connect the terminals and once new LCCT is opened, there'll be quite a traffic between the terminals.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 05:33 AM   #1493
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New LCC terminal may have aerobridges
Both MAHB and AirAsia are looking into it
By B.K. SIDHU Friday August 27, 2010

PETALING JAYA: Aerobridges may be a feature at the country’s new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) for which the ground breaking is slated for Monday.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has proposed this facility and AirAsia Bhd is mulling over it.

“We have not used that before but it is a proposal and we will look at it. As long as our cost does not go up (too much) and we can still maintain the 25-minute turnaround time, we will be happy to have aerobridges.

“It would be for the comfort of passengers,” AirAsia Bhd group CEO Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes told StarBiz.

AirAsia has resisted aerobridges in the past as it needs to keep its cost base low to enable the airline to offer low fares to travellers. The challenge ahead would be to change with the times and offer comfort whilst still manage at low cost.

The ground breaking, to be witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will mark the construction of the new LCCT, which is expected to be completed in 2012.

The RM2bil terminal can handle 30 million passengers and will be close to the existing KL International Airport (KLIA) terminal. There will be 72 gates and a new dual-mode runaway that will allow for 25 minutes turnaround time and increase efficiency.


It is learnt that the LCCT will be modelled after KLIA. A joint venture between UEM Construction Sdn Bhd and Bina Puri Holdings Bhd will build the terminal.

Wanting to consider MAHB’s proposal for the aerobridges bodes well for the renewed friendship between the two which had a nine-year spat.

“We had a good meeting with MAHB recently and things are progressing the right way. We should finally, after 11 years, have a terminal that will propel our growth,’’ Fernandes said.

The new LCCT is an important step for the industry. Even though its construction has been delayed from its original completion date of 2011, Fernandes is no longer furious.

To him, an airport with better facilities and amenities is worth the wait. In the interim, the existing LCCT terminal will be extended to cater for growth.

“I think, after nine years, we have seen some good cooperation between us and huge economic benefits. We have discussed with MAHB the development of permanent LCCTs at Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang. We also intend to use Langkawi much more.

“The next three to four years looks exciting for us. With the airport development, we expect to see tremendous growth potential. The new airport will make KLIA a premier hub in Asia and that augurs well for our business.”

MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad could not be reached for comments.

It is unclear if the express rail link (ERL) will be extended to the new LCCT. Fernandes is proposing that KTM Bhd consider linking the new LCCT with its current network to give an alternative to travel from the north to south of the peninsula and at the same time, promote tourism.
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KLIA’s new terminal will serve as economic stimulus: Najib
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani August 30, 2010
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SEPANG, Aug 30 – Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that the new low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) or KLIA2 will serve as an economic stimulus for the country.

The Prime Minister said he expects KLIA2 to boost tourism revenue to RM168 billion by 2020.

“The construction of a project such as this new terminal brings the country many benefits. Not only will it serve as an economic stimulus by providing job opportunities to the people of Malaysia, it will also boost tourism by attracting more airlines and visitors into the country.

“This facility will greatly enhance our vision to increase tourism revenue from the current RM53 billion in 2009 to RM168 billion by 2020,” he said during his speech at the ground breaking ceremony for KLIA2.

He said that local businesses would also benefit from the greater influx of tourists into the country.

“The spill-over effects of having this captive market at our airports is immense, from a commercial perspective, following the footsteps of the established successful airports such as Heathrow London and Schiphol Amersterdam where the airports are much more than just a place to catch flights.

“Malaysia Airports has envisioned our own airports as the platform to drive commercial business. With its vision to be a world-class airport business, I am encouraged to know that besides operating top notch airport facilities and services, there will also be ample retail and commerce opportunities that will allow Malaysian businesses to capitalise and benefit from the influx of tourists and spending power flowing continuously through the arrival and departure gates,” he said.

The targeted completion date for the new LCCT, estimated to cost RM2 billion, is April 2012 based on a 20-month construction period.

The LCCT will be able to cater for 30 million passengers per annum, with potential to expand to 45 million.

A new four kilometre long runway will also be built for the LCCT.

To be known as KLIA2, it is located only two kilometre from the main KLIA terminal.

Najib also noted that AirAsia was the driving force behind low-cost travel growth in the region.

“Over the last 10 years low-cost travel at KLIA has grown on an average of 37 per cent per annum. The double-digit growth is expected to continue for the next five to ten years despite intense competition from other large airports in the region.

“I have to compliment AirAsia for their innovative efforts to stimulate low-cost travel in the country and I applaud Malaysia Airport’s role in supporting the growth of this burgeoning travel segment. Malaysia Airports has anticipated that KLIA as whole would handle over 60 million passengers by 2020 and close to 45 per cent of these passengers are likely to be low-cost travellers,” he said.

Early last year, there was a much publicised tussle between Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), the operator of most of Malaysia’s airports, and Air Asia, the region’s leading low-cost carrier, to build the new LCCT.

That was just after Air Asia announced its intentions to build its own terminal and runway in Labu, Negeri Sembilan to cope with soaring passenger volume and alleged that MAHB would not be able to build an LCCT to suit its needs and ambitions.

Malaysia Airports on the other hand, said that the new LCCT should be built according to its masterplan for KLIA.

The Labu proposal was initially given the green light on January 5th by the government, but it reversed its decision about three weeks later after a public outcry erupted as it was seen as building another airport just a few kilometres away from KLIA and thus duplicating resources.

Najib stressed that KLIA2 was designed with consideration for AirAsia’s requirements.

“I am glad to note that while this new terminal is designed with great consideration for the requirements of the region’s largest low-cost carrier, AirAsia, it will be accessible to all airlines upon completion. With the thriving low cost travel in the region, the new terminal is poised to serve as a hub and attract more low cost carriers to fly to Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

The first phase of the project was awarded to Malaysian infrastructure firm, WCT. The RM363 million contract is for the earthworks and drainage job for the LCCT.

However, MAHB has admitted that the completion of the earthworks for the runaway is behind schedule.

MAHB will also build a multi-modal transportation hub for buses, taxis, and ERL to provide connectivity for not only passengers but also for the public to move from one part of the country to another.

According to the National Airport Masterplan (NAMP), there is room for two additional terminals near the LCCT.

The masterplan was drawn up by Netherlands Airport Consultants BV and KLIA Consultancy Services.
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KLIA 2 may cost slightly more: MAHB
Published: 2010/08/30
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SEPANG: The new Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) or KLIA 2, which had an initial budget of RM2 billion, may likely incur extra cost due to possible delays, says Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

Construction of the LCCT has taken a longer period as it is being undertaken on the basis of a tender exercise.

"Let's wait for the tender exercises to complete. The balance are minor tenders not major ones," MAHB Managing Director, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid, told reporters after the ground breaking ceremony for KLIA 2 here today.

Earlier this month, MAHB had proposed to undertake sukuk programmes up to RM3.1 billion to part finance the construction of the KLIA 2 and to refinance its existing borrowings.

KLIA 2 is slated to be ready by April 2012 based on a 20 month contruction period, and would be bigger than previously planned - an increase of 60 per cent in terminal size.

The new 242,000 sq m terminal which is primarily planned and designed to meet the requirements of low cost carriers would be the largest purpose-build dedicated terminal for low cost carriers in the world.

Built to handle initially 30 million passengers, it will have the flexibility to allow expansion to cater for future growth and changes to the operational models of airlines, Bashir said.

Asked on the completion of the earthworks for the runway that is behind schedule, he said it is targeted to be ready in two to three months upon the completion of the KLIA 2.

"We are working very closely with the contractor and will try to find ways to expedite. It''s a delay but not so much," he said
On the proposed aerobridges, he said MAHB needed a firm commitment very soon from the carriers on the use of aerobridges, adding that it was of the view that airlines should use aerobridges in the interest of passenger comfort and safety.

"We have given them options. And what we want is a firm commitment very soon from the low cost carrier that they want to make use of the aerobridges and upon that we will install the facilities," he added.

According to MAHB, its aerobridge charges of RM85 is probably the lowest in the world and low cost carriers were beginning to see the need for using aerobridges.

He also said MAHB has planned for an express rail link station.
A joint venture between UEM Construction Sdn Bhd and Bina Puri Holdings Bhd would build the terminal. -- Bernama
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AirAsia: Aerobridge alright, if plan good
Published: 2010/08/30
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SEPANG: AirAsia will consider using the proposed aerobridge at the upcoming low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) or KLIA 2 if a good package, combining its use and low fares can be achieved, says AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Dr Tony Fernandes.

"If the airport (MAHB) gives a good package, we will consider it. The key thing is you wouldn't have got 30 million passengers without low fares.

"Of course you want to give customers everything, low fares, aerobridges, but it won't exist if you have high charges.

"If they can give a deal that makes economic sense and allow us to operate also in the 25-minute turnaround time, it would be great," he told reporters at the sideline of the KLIA 2 ground breaking ceremony here today.

"I am not close to the idea of aerobridges but ultimately our passengers comes first.

"If you ask everyone out there what would you like, low fares or much higher fares with aerobridges, you know what the answer would be. If you can find solution for both, then great," he said.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters earlier, Managing Director of MAHB Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said MAHB would need a firm commitment from the carriers on the use of the proposed aerobridge, adding that it would be in the interest of passenger comfort and safety to use it.

"We have given them options. And what we want is a firm commitment very soon from the low cost carrier that they want to make use of the aerobridge and upon that we will install the facilities," he added.

According to MAHB, its aerobridge charges of RM85 is probably the lowest in the world.

Tony also said it would be important to have good rail to open up for tourism. KLIA 2 is expected to be completed in April 2012. -- Bernama
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KLIA2 will help triple tourism revenue
2010/08/30 By Eileen Ng
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SEPANG: The new permanent low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) here dubbed “KLIA2” will serve as an economic stimulus to the country.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said not only will KLIA2 provide more job opportunities to Malaysians, it will also boost tourism by attracting more airlines and visitors to the country.

“It goes without saying that given the rapid growth of low-cost air travel, the construction of a project such as this new terminal brings the country many benefits.


“This facility will greatly enhance our vision to increase tourism revenue from the current RM53 billion in 2009 to RM168 billion by 2020,” he said in his speech at the ground-breaking ceremony at KLIA2’s construction site yesterday.

Also present were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, his deputies Jelaing Mersat and Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director and chief executive officer Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad.

Targeted to be completed by April 2012, the new LCCT, which is located 2km from the main KL International Airport (KLIA) terminal, will cater to 30 million passengers a year, and with expansion, can handle 45 million passengers a year.


Najib said local businesses will benefit from the influx of tourists into the country.

“The spill-over effect from having this captive market at our airports is immense, from a commercial perspective. Following the footsteps of established successful airports such as London’s Heathrow and Amsterdam’s Schiphol where airports are much more than just a place to catch flights, MAHB has envisioned our own airports as the platform to drive commercial business.

“With its vision to be a world-class airport business, I am encouraged to know that besides operating top-notch airport facilities and services, there will also be ample retail and commerce opportunities to allow Malaysian businesses to capitalise and benefit from the influx of tourists and spending power flowing continuously through the arrival and departure gates,” he said.

He is confident that the new terminal is poised to serve as a hub to attract more low-cost carriers to fly to Kuala Lumpur, further strengthening the government’s efforts to make the country the top-of-mind destination for leisure and business travel.

He also assured that the government is committed to developing all 39 airports in Malaysia.

“We will collaborate with MAHB, seek its expert advice on the upgrading requirements of our domestic and international airports and together, we can truly build a thriving airport and aviation industry that will benefit our people and contribute substantially to our economic growth,” he said.

Najib also paid tribute to homegrown LCC AirAsia Bhd for its efforts in stimulating low-cost travel in the country.

He pointed out that over the last 10 years, low-cost travel at KLIA has grown by an average 37 per cent per year, and the double-digit growth is expected to continue for the next five to 10 years despite intense competition from other large airports in the region.

“I have to compliment AirAsia for their innovative efforts to stimulate low-cost travel in the country and I applaud Malaysia Airport’s role in supporting the growth of this burgeoning travel segment.

“MAHB has anticipated that KLIA as whole would handle over 60 million passengers by 2020 and close to 45 per cent of these passengers are likely to be low-cost travellers,” he said.

He was also pleased to hear that MAHB has successfully completed its first tranche issuance of Islamic Medium Term Notes under its Sukuk programme to partly finance the development of KLIA2.
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Malaysia Airports will not rush KLIA2 construction
By Jeeva Arulampalam Published: 2010/08/31
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MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) says the process of building the new permanent low-cost carrier terminal, now known as KLIA2, has taken time due to extensive tender process and it not wanting to compromise on the terminal's quality.

MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said the open tender process and selection of bidders were longer than anticipated. Bashir added that most of the major works have been awarded.

"We will not rush the job. While we fast track the project, the quality will be maintained at all times," he said in his speech during the KLIA2 groundbreaking ceremony in Sepang yesterday.

It was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Bashir later told reporters that the terminal building was targeted for completion by April 2012, and the runway should be completed two to three months after.

The runway's earthworks is behind schedule but the project team and contractor are working towards increasing the work rate to complete the runway soonest, he added.

The cost of KLIA2, which is located 2km from the current main terminal building, will exceed RM2 billion since most major contracts awarded so far stand at RM2 billion.

The terminal design, which has undergone changes to accommodate viewpoints from low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia, has seen the planned terminal size grow from 150,000 sq m to 242,000 sq m in the last two years.

The terminal will be able to handle 30 million passengers but has the flexibility to expand for future growth.

"By comparison, the current temporary LCCT is only at 60,000 sq m, handling 15 million passengers. It was designed to suit AirAsia's business model-point-to-point operations, single narrow-body operations, no aero-bridges and no bussing of passengers," said Bashir.

However, a larger terminal size is now required as AirAsia's model has grown from a point-to-point operator to 50 per cent of its traffic being transfer traffic.

There will also be 68 boarding gates instead of 55 gates, which are sufficient to handle 30 million passengers.

"This is also in line with AirAsia's requirement for additional gates to minimise towing of aircraft to reduce their operating cost," he added.

Bashir said that it was important for all airlines to use aero-bridges in the interest of passenger comfort and safety. MAHB will look to install the facility in KLIA2.

Bashir added that MAHB was in discussion with LCCs like AirAsia over the usage of aero-bridges and needed a firm commitment from the carriers soon.

AirAsia has previously resisted using aero-bridges as it seeks to maintain a 25 minute turnaround time and low operating cost.

MAHB's aero-bridge charge per flight (one way) is RM85, which works out to be 42.5 sen per passenger for a flight carrying 200 individuals.

On public transportation connectivity at KLIA2, he said MAHB is planning for an ERL extension and would look at a KTM line in due course.
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Written by Aishah Mustapha Monday, 30 August 2010 21:09
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SEPANG: The new low cost carrier terminal (LCCT), officially known as KLIA 2, is slated to be completed by April 2012 based on a 20-month CONSTRUCTION [] period and to date RM2 billion of major works have been awarded in open tender.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who officiated at the ground breaking ceremony of the KLIA 2 on Monday, Aug 30 said KLIA 2 would boost tourism in Malaysia. The KLIA can accommodate up to 30 million passengers annually.

“This facility will greatly enhance our vision to create tourism revenue from the current RM53 billion in 2009 to RM168 billion by 2020,” Najib said.

The project had been delayed by the long tendering process. However, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) managing director and CEO Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad described the delays as “good delays” in order to get the best price and design for the KLIA2.

KLIA 2 is located 2 km away from KLIA Main terminal building and can accommodate up to 30 million passengers annually compared to the current LCCT, which had reached its maximum capacity of 15 million passengers annually.

The new terminal can be considered the largest terminal purpose built for low cost carriers in Asia with 242,000 sq metre in terminal size and a 300 metre pedestrian skybridge. Retail and concession area will take 49,504 sq metre.

On the RM2 billion of major works awarded in open tender, the bulk of it was for a RM997.23 million award to a joint venture between UEM Construction Sdn Bhd and BINA PURI HOLDINGS BHD [] as main contractors.

Bashir said the remaining jobs will be awarded in due course, said Bashir. He declined to comment on the final cost of the KLIA 2 citing that it will depend on the final bidding prices of the remaining “minor works”.

Reports have put the price as high as RM2.5 billion with MAHB looking to raise up to RM3.1 billion via a sukuk issuance.

“I can’t commit to any amount yet. There are still minor works to be tendered out. There have been competitive bids. We are looking at the best price,” said Bashir.

Options to install aerobridges are also put forth with a going rate of RM85 per aircraft. However, AirAsia CEO Datuk Seri Tony Fernandez said that it will consider using them not only by looking at the cost but also the turnaround time of its flights. With aerobridges, turnaround time can be reduced.

Bashir added that the KLIA 2 was crucial to accommodate the growing passengers annually. According to Bashir, it is projected that MAHB will handle more than 60 million passengers by 2014 of which close to 50% will be low cost travel.

“Over the last 10 years, low fare travel has increased by leaps and bounds and today constitutes 16% of total travel in the Asia Pacific region and 43% in Malaysia,” said Bashir.

On the connectivity for KLIA 2, he said that an Express Rail Link extension line is being developed and will be in tandem with the development of the new terminal. There were plans for a line to link to Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), said Bashir.
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