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Old January 19th, 2005, 05:56 AM   #321
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Shenzhen Airlines touches down in KLIA


SEPANG: After a three-hour and 20-minute flight, Shenzhen Airlines' aircraft touched down at the KLIA yesterday, marking the airlines' first international flight.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, who greeted and presented souvenirs to the passengers in a welcome reception, said he was proud the airlines had chosen KLIA to be its first international destination.

“I am also very happy to see that passenger growth between China and Malaysia has increased rapidly.

“Last year we recorded a 42.7% growth in passengers from major cities in China like Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Fuchou and Kunming.”
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Government 'no' to reopening Subang airport



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PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has decided not to turn Subang Airport into a low cost carrier terminal, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.

Chan said a terminal for low-cost carrier would be built at KL International Airport instead. It is expected to cost RM100mil and scheduled to be completed by the middle of next year.

He was speaking to reporters during his ministry's Chinese New Year open house here this afternoon.
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Malaysia to build low-cost hub at KL airport

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia has decided to build a dedicated terminal for low-cost carriers at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport at a cost of $26 million, Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy said on Wednesday.

The terminal at the cavernous airport in Sepang, about 70 km (44 miles) from the capital, will be managed by state-run Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd , and will be operational in the first half of 2006, he said.

"It's a very strategic move to help Malaysia, and AirAsia and other low-cost carriers in the country," Chan told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting at which the decision was made.

Malaysia wants to develop KLIA, the fastest-growing facility in the Asia-Pacific region, into a major regional hub in the face of growing competition from more established neighbours Singapore and Bangkok.

The government would spend 100 million ringgit ($26 million) to build the terminal, Chan added.

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Bhd had lobbied hard for the terminal to be sited at the old airport in Subang, about 25 km (16 miles) from Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia had argued that Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was congested, and the airline would be better off at Subang, where it could turn around flights more promptly.

Chan said it would cost 280 million to 300 million ringgit to build a similar facility in Subang.

He said the new facility, the second dedicated low-cost carrier terminal in Asia after Singapore, would be able to handle 10 million to 12 million passengers a year, and ensure a quick aircraft turnaround of 20 minutes. Several Singapore-based low-cost carriers have indicated interest in flying into KLIA, Chan said, but added there were no serious talks yet.

Chan said AirAsia is expected to fly a total of 7.5 million to 8.0 million passengers this year, against 3.4 million in 2004.

Low-cost airlines have mushroomed across Asia, sparking price wars and putting further pressure on main carriers to cut costs.

AirAsia hopes to emulate the success of European low-cost carriers such as Ireland's Ryanair Holdings Plc. and Britain's EasyJet Plc. . ($1=3.8 ringgit)

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Old February 24th, 2005, 03:35 AM   #324
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Old February 24th, 2005, 10:04 AM   #325
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New KLIA terminal for budget airlines



By MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR



PUTRAJAYA: The Government has shot down AirAsia’s proposal to operate from Subang and instead decided to build a new terminal at the KL International Airport in Sepang for low-cost carriers (LCCs).

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the RM100mil terminal would be operational by the middle of next year and provide basic facilities for LCCs to operate.

“The decision is made as a strategic move to ensure the aviation industry in Malaysia continues to grow, and suits the country’s objective to develop KLIA as a regional aviation hub in the long term.

“The decision was made after the Government had considered the feedback by all stakeholders in the aviation industry, including the Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Board of Airlines Representatives,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Chan said the cost of the terminal was low because it would be different from ordinary terminals that catered to full-fare airlines.

“There will be simpler conveyor belts and no aerobridges, but it will be a comfortable terminal.

“We will fast-track the construction of the terminal, which will enable LCCs to have a fast turnaround time of 20 minutes. It can cater to 40 planes and 10 to 12 million passengers. It can also be expanded easily in the future,” he added.


Chan declined to identify the exact location of the terminal but gave the assurance that it would be linked to the main terminal by shuttle buses and other means of transportation.

He also said the terminal would enable all LCCs to achieve cost efficiency.

Asked why the Government decided to build the new terminal, Chan said KLIA had superb infrastructure in place, adding that if a new terminal was built in Subang, it would cost up to RM300mil.

“We also have some other plans for Subang,” he said.

“When we design the new terminal, we will get AirAsia to give input because it will be a major user,” he added.

Chan acknowledged the important role played by AirAsia in the growth of LCC operations and its contribution towards tourism.

“The Government will continue to support AirAsia to be the main LCC in the region, and at the same time the Government will continue to take strategic actions to enable MAS to be a successful global carrier,” he added.

Meanwhile, AirAsia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said the budget airline would focus its energy on making the new terminal the centre for low-cost travel in Asia.
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Old February 24th, 2005, 01:27 PM   #326
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AirAsia targets KLIA's low-cost terminal as rival to S'pore



Despite losing the Subang bid, it will still work on the new terminal



By VEN SREENIVASAN

HAVING lost its bid to clinch Subang, AirAsia wants to make the proposed low-cost terminal in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) into an efficient centre for low-cost travel to rival Singapore.

The Malaysian budget carrier said this in response to Malaysian Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy's remarks yesterday that the government would build a US$26 million terminal exclusively for low-cost airlines at the modern airport at Sepang.

The move was a big blow to AirAsia, which had lobbied hard for Subang to be reopened as a low-cost airport.

AirAsia's chief executive Tony Fernandes had insisted that his airline would enjoy cost savings of 30 per cent if it operates out of Subang.


But in a statement yesterday, Mr Fernandes said that despite losing the battle to get Subang, his budget carrier would work closely with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to develop the country's first dedicated low-cost terminal.

'We are pleased that Malaysia Airports have delivered a blue print of KLIA that will almost mimic Subang in KLIA, even down to the low-cost transport to the terminal. Although AirAsia did not get Subang, our staff should be proud of the recognition received, as the creation of a new terminal would primarily benefit AirAsia.'

Subang airport, which is barely 15 km from Kuala Lumpur's city centre, was Malaysia's main airport until 1998 when it was replaced as the country's leading international airport by KLIA, which is about 70 km from the city.

Mr Fernandes said Subang would now be a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for AirAsia.

'AirAsia, who works closely with GE Engine Services Malaysia to maintain our aircraft engines, hopes to be able to contribute further to the development of the MRO to secure Malaysia as the leader in MRO and focus on strengthening its growth to rival Singapore.'

The KLIA low cost terminal is expected to be ready by the first half of 2006, shortly after Singapore's S$45 million low-cost terminal at Changi is ready during the first quarter of next year. So will it pose a serious threat to Singapore? Not really, said Shukor Yusof, aviation analyst at Standard & Poor's MarketScope. 'To be a serious threat, the parent airport has to be a serious contender in international aviation,' he said. 'KLIA still has some way to go before it can catch up with either Singapore or Bangkok.'

KLIA handled 20 million passengers last year - comprising a significant portion of domestic traffic - compared to more than 30 million international travellers handled at Changi.

But Malaysia's Transport Minister Mr Chan said that the decision to maintain KLIA for both legacy and low-cost carriers would enable Malaysia to counter competition from its two immediate neighbours.

'This is a strategic measure to ensure that the Malaysian aviation industry continues to achieve rapid growth and the government's decision to develop as a regional hub is achieved,' he said.

But Mr Fernandes disagrees. 'We firmly believe that Subang is the right choice to maintain Malaysia's huge lead in the LCC market over Singapore.'

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Old February 27th, 2005, 09:58 PM   #327
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Work on RM110m budget terminal to start in April




SEPANG: The RM110mil terminal for budget airlines at the KL International Airport (KLIA) is expected to be fully operational by next year, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said.

He said the construction of the terminal, which could accommodate some 10 million passengers a year, should start in April as the Government had decided to fast track the project.

The new terminal would be located opposite KLIA’s satellite “A” building because of its strategic location and accessibility, Chan said at a press conference after attending a site visit yesterday.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAB) chief executive officer Datuk Bashir Ahmad said the site, selected out of eight proposed locations, covered some 15ha and the size of the new terminal would be 28,000sq metres, slightly larger than the terminal in Penang.

“The site has existing bays that can take up to 20 to 23 aircraft, but we will extend the apron to accommodate 30 aircraft,” he said.

He said all aircraft, including the A320 airbus, would be able to use the terminal, adding that about 1,700 car parks were planned for the terminal.

Chan said the ministry would also make arrangements for public transport to provide services to passengers.

They would include bus services from the KTM Komuter’s station in Pasir Salak and the ERL Transit station in Salak Tinggi would be made available to the new terminal, he added.

AirAsia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes, who was also present, said the airline was pleased with the support from the ministry and MAB, especially with the decision to speed up the project.

He added that AirAsia's operating cost at the new terminal could be 30% less, which was the same estimate if the airline were to operate from Subang.
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Low-cost terminals at KLIA and Changi to boost travel





By B.K. Sidhu




THE low-cost carriers terminals to be built in KL International Airport and Singapore's Changi Airport will be ready next year to facilitate the growth of budget travelling in the region.

Malaysia has decided to locate its dedicated terminal at the KL International Airport instead of the much-lobbied Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang. It is a big blow to AirAsia which had preferred the terminal at Subang, but the budget airline now “wants to focus its energies on making the new terminal the centre for low-cost travel in Asia.’’

The terminal will be KLIA's second, while for Singapore, it would be its fourth. Both countries will spend about RM100mil each on the terminals. Malaysia’s terminal will be able to handle 40 aircraft with quick aircraft turnaround of 20 minutes. It will be able to handle 10 million to 12 million passengers a year.

Changi will have a single storey building, able to cater to 2.7 million passengers a year. Tiger Airways has agreed to operate from the terminal. The low cost carrier (LCC) terminals are essential to the operational feasibility of budget airlines. That is why the governments are investing to help grow the budget travel markets. Cost is a major factor in budget travel and that is why the terminals are to be built by the governments to help carriers sustain cost effective operations. But there are other factors, one of which is punctuality as flight delays do not only incur LCCs additional expenses but also create problems for passengers on connecting flights.

“The turnaround times should be kept or otherwise it would knock into the next flight. So the pressure is really to keep flights on time. Thus far we have only cancelled two flights since we started operations. Economics of scale is vital in order to get the seat cost as low as possible,’’ he said.

To Jetstar Asia Airways chief operating officer Con Korfiatis, “reliability, on-time performance, safety, keeping cost low are core components to which the airline places high emphasis on.’’ Prices of seats differ and not all are at one price.








AirAsia's executive director Kamaruddin Meranum









Many budget airlines also like to claim that they have landing rights to all sorts of destinations. Getting the rights to fly from the home country is only one part of the equation. The difficult part is getting the foreign country to approve the landing rights.

AirAsia’s Indonesian venture, PT Awair is in a limbo over its plans to fly from Jakarta to Singapore. Although PT Awair has submitted all documentation, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has yet to approve the right to land in Singapore.

AirAsia executive director Kamaruddin Meranun was reported to have said: “AWAIR will seek compensation from the Singapore government for blocking the Indonesia-based airline's flights to the city-state from Jakarta.’’

In an e-mail response to a query from StarBiz, CAAS said: “We have only been advised by Awair that the airline is still keen to operate to Singapore, even though Awair has publicly announced its decision to temporarily drop its plans for the Singapore-Jakarta route. We have not received any other notification from Awair. We have said before that in the interest of the travelling public, we have to ensure Awair has met all regulatory requirements before approval is granted. Since Awair submitted the documents to us, CAAS and Awair have been in constant contact. We have also said to them that we will inform them as soon as approval is granted.’’
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Old March 7th, 2005, 06:11 PM   #329
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Malaysia to build new US$1.1b terminal at international airport

KUALA LUMPUR: A four billion ringgit (US$1.1b) satellite terminal will be built at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to double passenger handling capacity by 2008, officials said Monday.

Malaysia Airports senior general manager Abdul Hamid Mohamad Ali said the airport's second main terminal would be able to cater for the new superjumbo Airbus A380 aircraft, the world's biggest civil aircraft.

"The new satellite B will have facilities including passenger transit system, taxiway and baggage system," he said. Malaysia Airports manages all the country's airports.

KLIA currently handles some 21 million passengers a year with a capacity for 25 million. The airport was opened in 1998 at a cost of 10 billion ringgit.

Under a KLIA masterplan, work on the new terminal would start in 2006. It would allow the airport to handle another 25 million passengers.

National carrier Malaysia Airlines has placed orders for six A380 aircraft, with delivery due in 2007.

Malaysia Airports managing director Bashir Ahmad said the new satellite building would take about two-and-a-half years to complete.

"We are in discussions with the government on the funding for the construction of the satellite. We would like the new satellite to be operational in 2008," he told reporters.

Asked if KLIA posed a threat to Singapore's Changi Airport or Thailand's international airport in Bangkok, Bashir said: "We are a threat to everyone. We have a huge potential for growth -- both domestic and outgoing market. Tourism is coming into the country."

Bashir said that two carriers from India -- Jet Airways and Air Sahara -- would fly into KLIA in April from Chennai. Currently 46 carriers fly into KLIA.

A new terminal dedicated to low-cost airlines costing 100 million ringgit would also be built at KLIA, the government announced recently. - AFP
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Malaysia no-frills hub to delay main airport expansion

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 (Reuters) - Malaysia has put back plans to add a $1.05 billion passenger terminal at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport that would double capacity to 50 million passengers a year, officials said on Monday.

The plan had been deferred by up to three years because of a recent government decision to build a separate $26 million terminal for low-cost carriers, officials at Malaysia Airports Holdings said.

The new international passenger terminal, or Satellite B, would ultimately be able to handle 25 million passengers a year, double the airport's existing capacity, Abdul Hamid Ali, a senior general manager at Malaysia Airports, told reporters.

"We can delay the construction of Satellite B by at least two or three years," he said.

The new low-cost hub, due to open next year and designed to handle 10-12 million passengers, will immediately divert 3 million passengers away from the main terminal.

Kuala Lumpur airport, which rivals the busier Singapore and Bangkok airports, has been struggling to fill its capacity as it has been shunned by major carriers such as British Airways Plc. and Australia's Qantas Airways .

Last year, the six-year-old airport, which is home to Malaysian Airline System and budget carrier AirAsia , handled 21.1 million passengers, up 21 percent from 2003, Malaysia Airports said.
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5 more airlines to fly into KLIA this year
By ANNA MARIA SAMSUDIN
8 March 2005
Business Times

FIVE more foreign airlines are expected to fly into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) this year.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director, Datuk Bashir Ahmad, said two confirmed newcomers are Jet Airways and Air Sahara from India. China's Shenzhen Airline started flying into KLIA early this year.

Bashir said both Jet Airways and Air Sahara are expected to start flying to the KLIA by April, servicing the Chennai-Kuala Lumpur route.

"Both airlines have already confirmed flying into KLIA. In fact, Jet Airways is now enquiring about setting up their office in KLIA. We are expecting two more airlines by the end of the year," he told reporters after attending the 3rd Annual New Route Asia forum in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

Shenzhen Airlines now operates three weekly scheduled flights between Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, using the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Other Chinese airlines currently operating direct flights to KLIA are Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines while Hainan Airlines operates chartered flights.

Bashir said a total of 46 airlines are currently operating in KLIA and he is optimistic more would follow in the future.

He said the KLIA is becoming a threat to major airports in the region such as Changi in Singapore and Bangkok airport in Thailand.

"We are a threat to everyone. We have a huge potential for growth in both the domestic and outgoing market. Tourism is coming into the country," he added.
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Second satellite terminal at KLIA


BY B.K. SIDHU


A SECOND satellite terminal building is to go up at the KL International Airport (KLIA), and be operational by 2008, to cater to the growing traffic in air travel.

KLIA operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad said work would start soon, or by next year. Given its experience in building the main terminal, MAHB is confident that it could put up the terminal in two-and-a-half to three years.

The second satellite building is in addition to the previously announced RM100mil hub at KLIA for low-cost carriers (LCC) to meet the growing budget air travel business in the region.

Bashir, speaking to reporters after the opening of the third New Route Asia 2005 forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, said the finer details had yet to be firmed up. But the second terminal is expected to cost about RM4bil.

“We are in talks with the Government on the funds for the building and on our financial restructuring. We want to get (the financial restructuring) right so as to make MAHB viable,” he said.

MAHB is in advanced talks with the Government to restructure the RM856mil that it owes in concession payments, which total RM1.3bil.








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Going by original plans, the second terminal was to have been operational last year, but the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, and the SARS outbreak that threw the global aviation industry into turmoil, put paid to such hopes.

However, air travel has since picked up, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasting average global growth in air travel of 6% up to 2008.

KLIA is nearing its capacity of 25 million passengers a year, thus the need for the new terminal.

Last year, KLIA handled 21.1 million passengers. This year it expects a 7% growth to 22.5 million. Next year, the forecast is 25 million. A total of 46 airlines, carrying both passenger and cargo, operate from KLIA currently.


Malaysia is not the only country planning additional facilities. Singapore is spending US$1.75bil to add a third terminal at Changi while Thailand is building a new airport in Bangkok, which is expected to open early next year.

To a question, Bashir said that there had been no request yet from other budget carriers (apart from AirAsia), or even Malaysia Airlines, to operate some flights from the LCC terminal.

“The LCC hub is for LCC airlines, and if traditional airlines want to use it they have to justify (the need to do so),’’ he said.

KLIA is also being upgraded to cater to the A380. There would be five gates at the main and second terminal building to cater to the super jumbo.

Asked about efforts to improve the baggage system at the main terminal, Bashir said: “We are trying to find a solution that will resolve all the baggage problems we have had. The Government is very serious about it.’’

Bashir also felt there was a need to upgrade the Kuala Terengganu and Kota Kinabalu airports. Upgrading works at Kuching airport are in progress.

The New Route Asia forum, which Malaysia is hosting for the third time, brought together 300 delegates representing the region's airlines and airports to discuss future market opportunities.
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Looks like KLIA is chasing after traditional and discount carriers. Notice the airlines that have started services to KLIA this year all run regional routes.
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Seven more airlines to fly into KLIA


BY B.K. SIDHU


MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects five to seven more airlines to fly into KL International Airport (KLIA) this year, said managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad.

This figure includes Shenzhen Airlines, which made its maiden international flight to KLIA in January.

Two Indian carriers – Air Sahara and Jet Airways – have told MAHB they would begin flights from Chennai to KLIA by the end of April.

Jet Airways is believed to be planning a daily direct flight from Chennai to KLIA while Air Sahara may fly the Chennai-New Dehli-KLIA-Changi route.

“We are expecting a few more airlines this year,” Bashir told reporters at the New Route Asia 2005 forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Currently 46 airlines, both passenger and cargo, operate from KLIA.

MAHB, in its quest to get more airlines to fly into KLIA, continues to talk with many airlines in the region and globally.

It is believed that Shandong Airlines has shown keen interest and is looking for a window to fly into KLIA this year.

Similarly, Hainan Airlines, which began charter flights last year, is looking for scheduled flights this year.

MAHB is also said to have had exploratory talks with Shanghai Airlines and several other airlines, including some regional budget airlines.

Last week, Singapore’s three budget airlines – Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Valuair – said they were keen to fly into Malaysia if they were given air rights.

With the low cost carrier terminal hub expected to be operational at KLIA some time this year, more budget airlines are likely to be given the green light to fly in.
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Low cost carriers may impact long-haul destinations


BY JONATHAN CHEW

THE explosive growth of low-cost carriers (LCCs) in the Asian region recently could potentially impact long-haul destinations in the future, said the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

Its regional director (Pacific) Chris Flynn said the drop in cost to travel to regional tourist spots, along with the shift in marketing campaigns offering more diverse choices, was moulding the mindset of the “new traveller”.

“The implication of the LCC is that there is a new level of tourism, which is fuelled and driven by low-cost models. In future, it is possible that long-haul destinations will not grow at the same rate as regional destinations,” he said at the sidelines of the 3rd annual New Routes Asia forum yesterday.

Pata, a Bangkok-based organisation founded in 1951, is a membership association acting as a catalyst and advocate to nearly 100 government, state and city tourism bodies for developing the Asia-Pacific travel and tourism industry.

Flynn said in recent studies conducted by the association's Strategic Intelligence Centre, the Asia-Pacific region had registered a 29% growth in tourist arrivals from 2003 to 2004, which was comparatively higher than the Middle East, Americas or Europe.

Within Asia, inter-regional inbound visitor arrivals in South-East Asia had increased by 43.4% over the two years, indicating that travellers were taking advantage of the access offered by LCCs to regional destinations.

“The LCCs are also enabling trade investments to grow by allowing businessmen to travel regionally at a low-cost,” he said, adding that the number of Asian LCCs had almost tripled over the last two years.
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Looks like KLIA is chasing after traditional and discount carriers. Notice the airlines that have started services to KLIA this year all run regional routes.
Yea......the airport management is pretty aggressive in the past couple of years to make KLIA as attractive as possible


It is pretty amazing that KLIA handled 21 million passengers last year despite the absence of many of the big boys in aviation such as Qantas and British Airways (both pulled out of Malaysia during the Asian Financial crisis years).

I just hope that the 2 would start flying into KLIA soon
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Consortium led by Tronoh unit bids for KLIA contract


TRONOH Consolidated Malaysia Bhd subsidiary Zelan Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd has joined a consortium that includes Japan’s Marubeni Corp and Tokyu Construction Co to bid on a construction contract for works at the KL International Airport.

In a statement to Bursa Malaysia, Tronoh said the consortium was formed to participate in a tender to build, design, test and commission the new A-380 hangar and workshop for Malaysia Airlines.

The company said the venture was incorporated as Zelan-Marubeni-Tokyu Constuction Consortium.

In the event of a successful bid, Zelan Holdings shall be the consortium leader for the project and shall be responsible for the complete civil and building works, Tronoh said.

Marubeni will be responsible for procurement and mechanical and electrical works while Tokyu will handle design and engineering works.

There would be no immediate financial impact on Tronoh from the new consortium, although a successful award of the project contract would contribute positively to the company’s future earnings, the company said.

The company did not provide an estimate of the possible value of the contract. – AFX-Asia
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Business Times - 21 Mar 2005

M'sian inland port near KLIA planned

(SHAH ALAM) The Selangor state government has proposed to set up an inland port near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to speed up the movement of air cargo and help boost KLIA's competitiveness by matching or even surpassing the services provided by other top airports in the world.

Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) is to come up with a concept paper on the operations of the proposed inland port.

According to sources, a piece of land of about 73 hectares at Bukit Baja in Sepang has been proposed as the potential site for the project.

Mr Tang See Hang, the Selangor state executive councillor for investment, industry and trade, confirmed the proposed project. 'It's still at the proposal stage. How fast it can take off depends on how fast PKNS can come up with the (concept) paper,' he said. Mr Tang said investors - local and foreign - would be invited to participate in the inland port project.

PKNS, the sources said, is currently studying the operations of inland ports in other countries before coming up with the concept paper.

Major airports with inland port facilities include London's Heathrow, Tokyo's Narita and Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok.

The sources said the Sepang inland port aims to provide low-cost cargo processing facilities under a multi-modal logistical framework complemented by a full range of transport, warehousing, distribution and packaging facilities.

This means it is planned to provide specialist services in receiving, transferring, storing and distributing air, rail and highway cargo at a single hub, they said. Other services or facilities being planned are Customs clearance, cargo consolidation, repositioning of empty containers and insurance. - Bernama

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The Star: 20th. April 2005
New look for KLIA shops planned

BY IZATUN SHARI

SEPANG: A facelift is in the works for the KL International Airport here to encourage more passengers and tourists to spend at its retail and food outlets.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman said the RM29mil facelift would start in July at the satellite building, followed by the contact pier and main terminal building.

The renovations would take 18 months to complete.

“The facelift at the retail outlets will create an appealing shopping environment for passengers and tourists,” Dr Aris told reporters after the “Mercedes-Benz Grand Shopping Bonanza Draw” at the airport yesterday.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi drew the winning entry for the contest, which was submitted by mathematics teacher Yong Li Meng.

Dr Aris said the move to renovate the retail outlets was aimed at increasing the company’s non-aeronautical revenue, which made up 40% of its total revenue of over RM1bil.

Last year, he said, KLIA’s annual “Discover Malaysia” shopping campaign recorded sales of RM526mil, compared with RM390mil in the preceding year.

“With the facelift, we hope there will be a tendency for passenger spending to increase during the annual shopping campaign,” he said, adding that passenger spending at the airport increased last year to RM28 per passenger per year from RM27 the previous year.

Almost 21 million passengers passed through KLIA last year, which was a 20.2% increase from 2003.

Dr Aris added that the number of passengers increased to 2.1 million in March from 1.7 million passengers in February.

Asked whether Singapore’s proposal to open casinos would affect transit of passengers at the airport, he said: “There will definitely be an impact but people don’t come to the country just to gamble. The number of gamblers is limited.”

Earlier, Ahmad Zahid said the airport was expected to reap rewards with its plan to develop a new terminal for budget airlines in Asia.

He proposed that the airport promote more local food and delicacies.

Draw winner Yong, who drove home a new Mercedes C180 Kompressor worth RM250,000, said: “I am surprised, overjoyed and excited. It must be a gift from God.”

The SMK Puchong Perdana teacher said she frequently travelled to the airport to either pick up or send off her visiting parents from Miri.

Yong, who has a Perodua Kancil, said she would let her husband, Kevin Loh, 25, use the new car as he had written the slogan in her winning entry.
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