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Old November 10th, 2004, 07:01 PM   #301
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Old November 10th, 2004, 07:03 PM   #302
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Old November 11th, 2004, 06:47 PM   #303
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Old November 11th, 2004, 06:52 PM   #304
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Fancy to spot the aeroplanes @ KLIA?... here's the Plane Spotting and Photography Map... Thanks to Alexander Kueh


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Old December 19th, 2004, 11:35 PM   #305
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Old December 20th, 2004, 01:02 AM   #306
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 06:30 AM   #307
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Does anyone have the Ultimate KLIA development plan; such as # of terminals, # of satelite buildings, # of runways, and so on..?
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 10:08 AM   #308
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Does anyone have the Ultimate KLIA development plan; such as # of terminals, # of satelite buildings, # of runways, and so on..?

A complete masterplan by Dr. Kisho Kurokawa would consist of:

- 2 Main Terminal Buildings
- 5 runways
- 4 Satellite Buildings
- 2 Full fledge 5-star hotels
- 1 VIP Terminal
- 1 Control Tower


.....with a capacity for 100 million ppa



Its current configuration is:

- 1 Main Terminal Building
- 2 runways
- 1 Satellite Buildings
- 1 Full fledge 5-star hotels
- 1 VIP Terminal
- 1 Control Tower

....and with a capacity of 25 million ppa

There are plans to build a second satellite building to increase the capacity to 50 million ppa by end of the decade
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 10:17 AM   #309
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What? 4 Satellite Building?! I never know that there is enough place to build so many satellite building.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 10:25 AM   #310
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What? 4 Satellite Building?! I never know that there is enough place to build so many satellite building.


If you look at the above picture .....you'll see a squarish green patch of empty land and that's where the second satellite terminal would be located.

The final 2 phases which consist of another Main Terminal Building and 2 more Satellites would be mirrowing this one on the left-most side of the picture (where the current open-air carpark is). As a marker.....the control tower would be in between the two Main Terminal Buildings

KLIA definitely have enough space to build all these as it sits on an airport land of 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) or 100 sqkm .....making it one of the largest airport (in terms of landsize) in the world
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 10:48 AM   #311
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szehoong, any idea how the 5 runways layout to be?
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Old January 13th, 2005, 11:08 AM   #312
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szehoong, any idea how the 5 runways layout to be?
hmmmm.....I have no idea ......but I remember seeing it somewhere
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Old January 13th, 2005, 11:10 AM   #313
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Subang airport awaits orders

By LEONG SHEN-LI



Voices in support of or opposed to the reopening of Subang airport are getting louder as the Government's announcement on the matter is expected at any time. LEONG SHEN-LI looks at the arguments being presented by both sides.

IT is hardly surprising that the debate over whether Subang airport should be reopened has heated up in recent weeks.

Although no official date has been given for an announcement, there is a strong feeling that Subang’s D-Day is drawing very near. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy had promised that a recommendation would be made to the Cabinet before the end of last year, and a decision on the matter would be made in early January.

While waiting for the final word to be publicised, people on both sides of the fence have upped the ante and have been voicing their views in the media on what the best decision should be.

It is also learnt that the lobbying of decision makers had increased in the hope of swaying them to go one way or the other.

The whole idea of letting Subang handle commercial flights again –this time specifically for low-cost carriers – in fact came from the Government itself.

In the middle of last year, Chan announced that the Government was looking into the possibility of turning Subang into a low-cost carrier (LCC) hub to tap into the vibrant budget airlines sector that had taken the region by storm.

Under what has been dubbed the “two airports” policy, KL International Airport will cater solely to full-service carriers.

He said the move was to ensure that Malaysia continued being a hub for the Asia-Pacific region.

This is in fact the crux of AirAsia’s argument for the reopening of Subang, which has been closed to commercial flights since 2002. AirAsia is easily the loudest voice calling for Subang’s resumption of services.

Its chief executive officer Tony Fernandes maintains that without Subang, Malaysia will lose its lead position in the sector to other countries in the region.

Singapore’s Changi airport is by far the greatest threat – it is building a new LCC terminal and already has three LCCs operating from there.

While Subang’s location is good, Fernandes argues that the main reason for favouring Subang is that it is a “simple” airport to operate from, with low-cost and easy-to-manage operations.

He is also worried about the possibility of AirAsia losing its current dominance in the Asia-Pacific region’s LCC market because it will not be operating at the lowest possible cost.

With Changi’s new LCC terminal, the three LCCs based there will enjoy advantages that will help them overtake AirAsia.

With Subang, AirAsia could increase its passenger load to 20 million a year and reduce airfares by up to 15%.

“We can handle some 25 million passengers at the LCC hub in Subang and KLIA can handle another 25 million, and this is good for everybody,” he said, adding that KLIA would find it difficult to handle 50 million passengers because it was not built for that volume.

Fernandes argues that there can be two air hubs for a city, pointing to major cities in the world such as New York, Paris, Rome, Berlin and London that have two or more airports and all of them have been operating successfully.

Freeing up KLIA of LCCs will enable Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd to solicit other premium airlines to fly to KLIA, allowing it to earn higher revenues in terms of landing fees and airport taxes.

According to Fernandes, a successful LCC hub will be able to create more jobs and promote tourism in Malaysia. He cites his own AirAsia as an example: In three years, its staff grew from 200 to 2,000.

The ones arguing against the reopening of Subang include Malaysia Airlines and foreign carriers. Other parties such as Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd, which operates the high-speed train between KLIA and Kuala Lumpur, have also voiced similar views.

The main thrust of their argument is that the reopening of Subang will compromise KLIA’s position as the region’s aviation hub, which was the original intention of the Government when it decided to build KLIA.

MAS chairman Datuk Dr Munir Majid was reported as saying that KLIA could become a white elephant if Subang was reopened and the multi-billion ringgit airport would not see any expansion to meet the targeted 100 million passengers by 2020.

He suggests that an LCC terminal be built in KLIA as a compromise.

With Subang reopening, the main worry is that passenger volume could drop considerably, leading to fewer flights and, in turn, less connectivity.

“Eventually, foreign airlines will find KLIA less attractive and move to airports in neighbouring countries.

“It will spell the end for KLIA’s development as the regional hub and gateway for Asia-Pacific,” the Board of Airlines Representatives (BAR) was reported to have said in its representation to the Transport Ministry.

BAR represents foreign airlines operating in Malaysia.

Contrary to what Fernandes has claimed, BAR says if Subang were to become the preferred gateway for foreign LCCs, the number of full-service carriers going to KLIA could drop.

“Full-service carriers venturing into low-cost operations may eventually opt for total low-cost operations, causing a drop in their frequency into KLIA,” it says.

Another argument used is the cost of rehabilitating Subang. It was reported that the amount could be as high as RM1bil, which taxpayers may end up paying.

There is also the cost of maintaining two international airports, complete with the necessary Customs, immigration, quarantine and security facilities.

ERL chief executive officer Dr Aminuddin Adnan argues that it is unwise to reopen Subang because its potential for expansion is limited.

He says that limited land in the area will not allow the airport and the LCC sector in Malaysia to grow. KLIA, on the other hand, has ample space for expansion.

“Billions of ringgit have been invested to make KLIA a reality, and when we undertook the ERL project, it was with the understanding that the Government would close Subang airport,” he was reported as saying recently.

He adds that the ERL functions as the missing link with ready infrastructure to provide transportation to KLIA.

Whether the scenarios presented by both sides will actually turn out to be true remains to be seen.

As the ultimate decision lies in the hands of the Government, it is hoped that the interests of the various companies concerned as well as that of users be taken into consideration.
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Old January 18th, 2005, 03:56 AM   #314
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Pretty nice. It must be the biggest in the world. I've never been to that airport.

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Old January 18th, 2005, 08:00 AM   #315
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Oops, that Saudi Arabian plane looks to be in a spot of trouble!
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Old January 18th, 2005, 11:35 AM   #316
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Yeah i'm pretty sure that aircraft ended up being a write off. It went into a gutter.
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Old January 19th, 2005, 04:57 AM   #317
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MAHB: Passenger volume at KLIA to grow 7% this year

BY B.K. SIDHU


MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has forecast passenger volume at KL International Airport (KLIA) to grow by 7% to 22.5 million this year and to hit 25 million next year, improving on the record 21 million achieved in 2004.

The airport operator is also in advanced talks with the Government to restructure the RM856mil that it owes in concession payments. A resolution will help the airport operator.

MAHB managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad told a media briefing at KLIA yesterday that the company was not able to make payments to the Government as its earnings had been affected by several factors, such as the 1997/98 Asian financial crisis, the Sept 11 2001 (911) incident, and the 2004 SARS outbreak that badly affected the global aviation industry.

“Although we would like a decision to be made soon on the financial restructuring, it is important that we do the restructuring right and make it viable in the long term. That is why (the restructure) is taking some time,’’ he said.

The RM856mil is part of the RM1.3bil that MAHB was to pay the Government as part of the concession payment.

The financial restructuring was also intended to put targets set for the KLIA back on track. KLIA could have hit 25 million by 2003 as per its original master plan if not for 911, SARS and the financial crisis.

Nonetheless, KLIA has recorded a remarkable growth rate of 20% in passenger numbers to 21 million in 2004 from 17.5 million in 2003. This is the highest growth rate ever achieved by KLIA. The highest monthly volume was recorded in December.

“We are pleased the traffic figures have gone up. Barring any unforeseen circumstances we should achieve 25 million passengers by 2006,’’ Bashir said.

MAHB operates 39 airports in the country – five are international, 16 domestic and 18 STOLports, or short takeoff and landing airports.

Bashir said passenger volume at all 39 airports grew 17.5% to 39.3 million. He expects a further 6% growth to 40.5 million this year.

Five new airlines flew into KLIA last year, while Lufthansa German Airlines returned in March. The five were Indonesia’s Jatayu Airlines and Riau Airlines, Star Air, Hainan Airlines (charter flights only) and United Parcel Services (cargo only). Now 46 airlines operate from KLIA.


Yesterday, Shenzhen Airlines was the first new carrier to fly into KLIA this year. KLIA is also Shenzen Airlines' first international destination.

Bashir expects another one or two new airlines to fly into KLIA this year. He declined to give details although two private airlines from India – Jet Airways and Air Sahara – have expressed interest.


Although KLIA has a reasonable mix of airlines from various countries, Bashir feels what is still missing is Australian and European carriers. That is why MAHB is continuing in its efforts to woo European and Australian airlines to fly into KLIA, including Qantas and British Airways, which withdrew their services from KLIA several years ago.

Besides attracting new airlines, Bashir said, with the coming summer schedule, many existing airlines would increase frequencies, and this bode well in terms of passenger volume and revenues for MAHB.

But Bashir declined to say how much the company had made last year, merely saying it “would be better than in 2003’’.

Increasing non-aeronautical revenue (commercial) is on the cards, and there are plans to revamp the retail business. This is to take advantage of the tenancies that are due to expire in June.

“We are looking at a 50:50 contribution from commercial and aeronautical income by 2008,’’ Bashir said.

Asked on the status of MAHB’s proposal to the Government to increase airport taxes, he said it was still with the Government. But he clarified that it was not linked to the financial restructuring.

“Asking for a raise is a normal process, and we believe it is an appropriate time for the Government to review the charges,’’ Bashir said.
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Old January 19th, 2005, 05:02 AM   #318
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MAHB: Low-cost carrier hub can be developed fast

BY B.K. SIDHU



WHILE Singapore has awarded contracts this week for the construction of a new low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal with completion expected in early 2006, Malaysia has yet to decide on the location for a similar hub, although it is keen to have it either at Subang or KL International Airport (KLIA).

Whatever the decision, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad is confident that a LCC hub can be developed quickly.


“We can do it very fast ... it should not take long to build as it would be simple in structure,’’ Bashir told a media briefing at KLIA yesterday.

Building a LCC terminal is one of the many projects planned by MAHB for this year. The others include the planning and eventual construction of a second satellite building at KLIA to handle up to 10 million passengers. Work on this project should begin this year and be completed by 2008.

The A380 super jumbos ordered for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) are expected to take to the skies soon and making preparations for their take-off and landing at KLIA is also part of MAHB's plans.

Bashir also spoke of the need to upgrade the gate allocation and check-in systems at KLIA, buy two additional coaches for the Aerotrain and construct a spur line for it.

Additionally, MAHB intends to revamp its retail business and employ more security and fire rescue personnel. It would also look into the upgrading of local airports. Several projects in this regard are already under way, such as the redevelopment and upgrading works at the Kuantan, Alor Setar, Penang, Sibu and Kuala Terengganu airports.

“These are some of the projects we will undertake as part of our efforts to improve our services to passengers and airlines,’’ Bashir said.

Indeed, KLIA won several awards last year and was ranked the world’s third best airport in terms of customer satisfaction in a survey by AETRA. But MAHB is not resting on its laurels. As Bashir was quick to point out yesterday, “there is still plenty of room for improvement and we have to continue to work hard.’’

Bashir said passenger traffic through KLIA was expected to hit 25 million next year and if the LCC hub was in place by then, it would help ease some of the congestion that may be experienced before a second satellite building was completed.

He also said that given its wide experience locally, MAHB would continue to look for opportunities to manage airports abroad. It has already received four requests from parties in Asia, the Middle East and Africa to operate airports for them.
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Old January 19th, 2005, 05:04 AM   #319
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Yes, Jet and Sahara will probably start flights to KLIA in the summer schedule. Though they are not disclosing anything openly, a news article says that they submitted their proposal to the Government today.
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Yes, Jet and Sahara will probably start flights to KLIA in the summer schedule. Though they are not disclosing anything openly, a news article says that they submitted their proposal to the Government today.

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