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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:26 AM   #361
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Round-the-clock work to complete low-cost carrier terminal

BY IZATUN SHARI


SEPANG: Nine months – that's all it will take to build the new low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal at the KL International Airport.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the fast-track construction work on the RM108mil terminal would be round-the-clock to ensure that it was completed by February.

“The new terminal is an important development in our effort to turn KLIA into a regional hub.

“It will not only make Malaysia’s budget carrier AirAsia more competitive, but will also attract other budget carriers in the region,” he said during the ground-breaking ceremony for the terminal here yesterday.

Najib said the terminal would initially be able to handle 10 million passengers annually and accommodate 30 Boeing 737 aircraft at any one time.

The Government and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), he added, would create an efficient transportation system between the LCC terminal and the city centre.

He said there would also be an inter-terminal system between the main terminal building and the LCC terminal.

“We are confident that the services provided will attract many more low-cost carriers to operate here,” he said, adding that budget carriers such as Indonesia’s Lion Air and Jentayu Airlines, currently operating at the main terminal, might shift their operations to the new one next year.

MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said AirAsia was currently the only budget carrier which had confirmed that it would use the new facility.

“Any airline which declares itself as a low-cost carrier and runs on a low-cost model is most welcome to operate at the new terminal,” he said.

AirAsia chief Tony Fernandez called for lower charges at the new terminal, saying that for it to be successful AirAsia had to ensure that it offered the lowest fares.

“If we have the lowest fares, then we can beat the Singaporeans hands down. For us to have the lowest fares, we have to have the lowest costs.”
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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:36 AM   #362
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^ So when does construction commence?
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Old June 7th, 2005, 09:44 AM   #363
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can anyone post photos / drawings of the design. can't wait to see how it looks like.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 11:35 AM   #364
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AirAsia chief Tony Fernandez called for lower charges at the new terminal, saying that for it to be successful AirAsia had to ensure that it offered the lowest fares.

“If we have the lowest fares, then we can beat the Singaporeans hands down. For us to have the lowest fares, we have to have the lowest costs.”
It's very competitive I see. Wonder how much would be the airport tax?
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Old June 8th, 2005, 03:52 AM   #365
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KLIA to be world’s first airport with radio station

SEPANG: The KL International Airport (KLIA) will be the first airport in the world to have a radio station to serve its 25 million passengers and 13 million listeners in the Klang Valley.

The radio station, Fly.fm, will be launched on June 30 in conjunction with KLIA's seventh anniversary. It will provide up-to-date information on KLIA events and airline flight schedules as well as travel tips.

“We will be focusing on travel and tourism, but of course, we will provide music and entertainment as well,” Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad said.

He said the radio station, broadcasting on a frequency of 95.8FM, would be available on the west coast of the peninsula by the end of the year.

It will be run by Max-Airplay Sdn Bhd (MAX) with financial backing from Media Prima Bhd.

MAX chief operating officer Azman Shah Mohd Yusof said the station would broadcast in Malay and English.
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Old June 8th, 2005, 09:23 AM   #366
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they need a lot more than having a radio station at KLIA.. i wud rather listen 2my i-pod than 2the gibberish deejays.. seriously la, what is this fixation of having the first this, the first that.. i mean obviously there will be pro/cons of having the radio station, but there are other matters that needed MAHB immediate attention, like providing more wi-fi acc/area and going all-out to attract foreign carriers to fly into KLIA.. hmmm.. pardon me for being a bit carried away.
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Old June 26th, 2005, 03:55 PM   #367
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Any layout/renderings of the LCC terminal?
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Old June 29th, 2005, 08:47 PM   #368
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KLIA Expects to Serve 50 Airlines by Year-End
28 June 2005
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The number of airlines using Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is expected to increase to 50 by the end of this year, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said.

He said the first half year had already seen four new airlines flying to KLIA and Pakistan International Airlines making a comeback compared to five new airlines landing at the airport last year.

"There are now 48 airlines using KLIA, and I hope to see another two or three new ones being added in the near future," he said after welcoming passengers on the first PIA flight to land at KLIA in four years.

The four new airlines are Shenzhen Airlines of China, Thai Air Asia, Thai Sky Airlines and Jat Airways of Serbia and Montenegro.

Later in KUALA LUMPUR, Chan launched the express delivery service of Chile-based shipping company Norasia Container Line Ltd that connects Port Klang to northern Europe and China.

The company said the service, known as New Asia Middle-East Express (AME), currently provides the best transit time for Malaysian cargoes to reach five of the major ports in Europe.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 05:44 PM   #369
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Friday August 19, 9:22 AM
MALAYSIA PRESS: MAHB Out To Woo Qantas, BA To KL Airport

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd. (5014.KU), or MAHB, wants to woo more airlines to its flagship Kuala Lumpur International Airport, including British Airways PLC (BAY.LN) and Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU), the Business Times daily says.

Quoting MAHB Managing Director Bashir Ahmad, the report says talks between the airport operator and the two airlines are ongoing.

"We have been talking to them and they have given serious thoughts to it," Bashir is quoted as saying.

"However, since it involves a major decision, it may take some time before the airlines concerned are able to give a definite answer on the matter," he said.

BA and Qantas stopped flying to KLIA in the late 1990s due to unprofitable yields, analysts said.

Newspaper Web site: http://www.thestar.com.my
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Old August 20th, 2005, 03:28 PM   #370
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The four new airlines... and Jat Airways of Serbia and Montenegro.
...but i do not see Kuala Lumpur as one of the destinations served in their website.
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Old August 20th, 2005, 06:06 PM   #371
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Arrggh can't find any rendering for the LCC terminal... anyone?
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 01:46 AM   #372
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by the pics it looks like the best airport in the world.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 03:40 AM   #373
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the pics doesnt match the airport's ground staff though...as customer service is not that friendly though compared in changi...(but that might change)
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Old September 21st, 2005, 07:48 PM   #374
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Kuala Lumpur International and SITA INC gear up for the arrival of the A380 and major expansion in passenger numbers

Kuala Lumpur/Geneva – 20 September 2005

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is to undergo a major replenishment of its IT infrastructure as it prepares for a massive expansion in passenger numbers from 21 million in 2004 to an expected 35 million in 2008 when it will be ready to receive the Airbus A380.
“The signing of this five-year contract today with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad is a significant milestone in the partnership between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and SITA INC. Our promise is to make KLIA the first fully integrated airport in the region,” said Francesco Violante, managing director of SITA INC (Information Networking Computing).

“In line with our vision of simplifying travel and transportation worldwide we are going to equip Kuala Lumpur International Airport with the latest IT technology for common-use check-in systems including an initial 36 common-use self-service kiosks, and the most modern suite of baggage reconciliation systems available,” said Violante.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with SITA INC in the coming years as we move towards completion of our new satellite terminal which will increase our traffic from 21 million today to 35 million in three years time and reach our goal of becoming the first fully integrated airport in the region,” said Y. Bhg. Dato’ Seri Bashir Ahmad, managing director, Malaysia Airports.

“IT will play an essential role in helping us to optimize the airport’s assets and to improve the passenger experience for the growing numbers spending quality time here. As we prepare to receive the Airbus A380 we are establishing KLIA as a major hub for Asia and SITA INC has an important role to play in helping us to realize that vision by ensuring that we can benefit fully from the latest innovation in airport technology,” he added.

The package has been carefully constructed resulting in today’s agreement on the provision of SITA INC’s CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) Integrated Network and Terminal Application.

The solution includes SITA AirportConnect CUTE and CUSS (common use self service) kiosks. For bag management, the applications are the BagManager baggage reconciliation system; BagMessage, the global message distribution system; and BagFast, a fallback system for sortation tags. Other features include PassengerHandler, a common language check-in and boarding application and the Maestro Departure Control System.

SITA INC will also install at KLIA the latest interface software for the Flight Information Display System. The total package also includes full operational support for five years with helpdesk and on-site support. SITA INC has been working with KLIA since it first opened in 1998.

In addition to being the home base of Malaysia Airlines, KLIA has become an important hub for many airlines. In fact, SITA’s CUTE systems are shared by 40 airlines operating at KLIA, including Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Emirates, Air China and China Airlines.

The airport is building a $1.1 billion new terminal which will boost passenger numbers further and allow it to cater for the arrival of the A380 in Asia. KLIA was ranked fifth in the Airport of the Year survey organized by Skytrax last year and was voted second in the 2004 Best Airport category in the Telegraph Travel Awards in Britain.

“SITA’s Airport solutions provide KLIA the flexibility of an open architecture operating platform that allows the airlines operating at the airport to enjoy the benefits of sharing dedicated IT systems and facilities, including the check-in counters and self-service check-in kiosks,” said Russ Lewis, SITA INC’s Regional Vice President of Airport and Desktop Services, Asia Pacific, speaking at today’s signing ceremony.

“This maximizes the airport’s limited terminal space, while helping airlines to increase efficiency and reduce costs – the two most vital factors in today’s airline business,” he said.

SITA INC’s solutions are designed to help airports to improve the passenger experience through reduced congestion and simplified passenger processing, optimize airport assets and business processes. They provide airports with the technology architecture required to take advantage of a broad range of IP-based services which are vital to the future of the air transport industry.

SITA INC currently manages some 30,000 CUTE workstations for 285 customers in more than 200 airports worldwide, checking-in an estimated 580 million passengers a year.

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Old September 23rd, 2005, 08:57 PM   #375
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Malaysia Airports to proceed with KLIA upgrade
Updated : 22-09-2005
Media : Business Times
Story By : KANG SIEW LI



MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said it will proceed with upgrading of the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang to get it ready to handle the Airbus 380, the world¡¯s largest commercial jet, by the end of next year.

MAHB managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said the European aircraft maker¡¯s delay in delivering the first A380 to Malaysia Airlines by six months will not change its plans to upgrade the airport.

¡°As far as we are concerned, we are proceeding with the upgrade as scheduled because the aircraft will come sooner or later,¡± he told a news conference after a signing ceremony between Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd and Sita Inc in Sepang yesterday.

He added that MAHB is not expected to incur any additional cost due to the delay.

Malaysia Airlines was supposed to take delivery of the first of six A380-800s in January 2007. The timetable has now been pushed to July 2007.

Earlier, MAHB signed a five-year contract with Sita to equip KLIA with the latest technology for common- use check-in and boarding systems.

Bashir and Malaysia Airports (Sepang) general manager Azmi Murad signed on behalf of MAHB, while Sita was represented by its regional vice-president Paul Dalton and client director Adrian Ching.

Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Kok Soo Chon and Sita regional vice-president of airport and desktop services (Asia-Pacific), Russell Lewis, witnessed the signing.

Equipped with 36 self-service check-in kiosks and a modern suite of baggage reconciliation systems, the application of Sita¡¯s common-use terminal equipment integrated network and terminal application will form part of KLIA¡¯s major move to upgrade its information technology infrastructure as it prepares for increased passenger numbers.

Bashir said Malaysia Airlines and several foreign airlines, including Emirates Airlines, have expressed interest in using the self-service check-in kiosks.

He declined to reveal the investment cost for the new system.

KLIA¡¯s system is the latest version, making it the first fully-integrated airport system in Asia-Pacific.
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Three more airlines to start KLIA flights
Updated : 23-09-2005
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Story By : B.K. SIDHU



AT least three more airlines are slated to fly to the KL International Airport (KLIA) by year's end, bringing the number of carriers flying to the airport to 53.

The three are Russia's second largest airline Transaero Airlines, Medan-based Top Air, and India's Air Sahara.

The latter airline had originally planned to fly to KLIA in May but now expects to make its maiden flight from Chennai in mid-November.

The entry of more airlines bodes well not just for KLIA, which wants to be a hub for the region, but is also seen as a boost for tourism and providing greater connectivity for passengers using the KLIA.

Chen See Hoong, general manager of ABDA Aviation Sdn Bhd, the general service agent for Transaero, told StarBiz that the maiden flight from Moscow to KLIA was scheduled for Oct 28.

The privately owned airline will initially operate two weekly flights – one direct and the other via Bangkok – using B767 and B747 aircraft. Its operations will give direct connectivity to Russia, which was previously provided by Aeroflot.

Aeroflot moved out several years ago, although sources now say Russia's national airline and largest carrier has shown renewed interest in returning to KLIA.

“Transaero sees a lot of potential in the KL-Moscow route. The connectivity also provides a direct link for Malaysian students studying in many parts of Russia,” Chen said.

As for privately owned Air Sahara, its country manager G.J. Vijay Kumar said: 'We will be flying daily when we begin. We hope to register passenger load factors of about 70% from the start,” he said.

Sky Asia Sdn Bhd had been appointed the airline's general service agent.

Indonesia's Top Air is among more than 60 airlines operating in that country.

It is due to start its Jakarta-JB sector soon.

A Top Air spokesperson said the airline would start flights to KLIA in October.

This year, too, saw four other airlines begin flying to KLIA. They are Shenzhen Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Jet Airways and Pakistan International Airlines.

Shenzhen Airlines, which began with two weekly flights earlier this year, had recently increased the frequency to daily.

A number of airlines that currently fly to KLIA have also increased their frequencies during the year and more are likely do so before the year is out, as it would be winter soon.
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AWAir 51st airline to fly into KLIA
Updated : 24-09-2005
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AIRASIA Bhd's Indonesian affiliate, PT AWAir International, became the 51st airline and the fourth low-cost carrier (LCC) to fly to the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang yesterday, bringing the airport closer to becoming a regional hub.

So far this year, the airport has attracted seven new airlines, namely Shenzhen Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Sky Airlines, Jet Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Air Nepal International and AWAir.

Another three airlines, Russia's Transaero Airlines, Turkish airline Top Air and India's Air Sahara, are expected to begin operations to KLIA before the end of this year.

Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman said it hopes to persuade more airlines to fly to KLIA and the other four international airports in Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching at the four-day World Route Development Forum (Routes) 2005 which begins today.

A MAHB delegation, led by its managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, left for Copenhagen, Denmark on Thursday to participate in the forum where some 500 airports and 275 airlines from around the world are expected to attend.

They are expected to meet up with 28 airlines, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and Lufthansa.

Aris also said LCCs will be able to choose whether they want to operate from the LCC terminal at KLIA upon the commencement of its operations next year.

“LCCs will be able to choose whether to operate flights from the LCC terminal or remain at the main terminal building. We won’t force them,” he told reporters in Sepang yesterday.

Earlier, Aris welcomed passengers on board the first AWAir flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur. The 148-seat Boeing 737-300 landed at the airport at 9.25am with 145 passengers on board.

Also present was AWAir president director Sendjaja Widjaja who said the airline's decision to mount scheduled flights to Kuala Lumpur is driven by the potential growth in visitors between the two countries.

“Statistics from the Indonesian Airport Authorities, PT Angkasa Pura Indonesia, have shown a 40 per cent increase in passenger arrivals to Kuala Lumpur from October 2004 to March 2005, while arrivals to Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur were raised by 35 per cent in the same period,” he said.

It is targeting to register an average load factor of between 70 and 80 per cent by the end of this year.

This Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta route is AWAir's first international route and it plans to expand its international coverage to include Bangkok and Bandar Seri Begawan next year.

The airline is also not giving up its plans to fly to Singapore. In February this year, it was forced to drop plans to fly between Singapore and Jakarta following its failure to obtain landing rights from the city-state.

'This year, we are looking at expanding our domestic routes in Indonesia. We intend to fly to the Central Java city of Solo as well as add frequencies to Padang and Balikpapan,” said Sendjaja.

Currently, AWAir flies to six destinations in Indonesia, namely Denpasar, Balikpapan, Padang, Medan, Surabaya and Batam, with a fleet of four 737-300s.

Since the airline started operations in December last year, it has carried over 400,000 passengers and is targeting to increase the number to 800,000 by the end of this year.
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MAHB upgrading retail space at KLIA
By Jimmy Yeow in Copenhagen, 26 Sep 2005 8:49 AM


Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd is renovating the retail space at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and several other airports in a move to attract more shoppers and passengers to increase their spending, its commercial services general manager Umar Bustamam said.

He said renovation work would be carried out at the main terminal building, contact pier and satellite building at KLIA which would result in an increase of at least 10% retail floor space from the current 100,000sq ft.

He said following the works at KLIA, the commercial outlets in the Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Penang airports would be renovated under the next phase. “We have already appointed two UK-based consulting companies LDK Consultant and Pragma Consultant, which specialises in commercial and retail businesses at airports, to help out with the KLIA work.

“When the KLIA was built, it was built with an emphasis on passengers’ convenience. Not much emphasis was given on the commercial aspect at that time,” Umar told reporters at the reception hosted by the airport operator for delegates attending the “World Route Development Forum” in Copenhagen on Saturday.

“We want them (passengers) to think of KLIA as a shopping destination. After the renovation works to make the shops more interesting is completed within a year, there will be bigger outlets with wider and better brand selections,” he said. However, Umar declined to say how much the airport would spend on the renovation works.

“We are revamping the concept and bringing the shops to the passengers,” he said citing airports in Amsterdam, Sydney and Copenhagen as examples of airports that have given much attention to the commercial and retail aspects of their airports.

“We want to follow the success of Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport where commercial activities earned 70% of the airport’s revenue while aeronautical services made up the balance of 30%.”

Umar said currently commercial activities made up 35% of Malaysia Airports’ revenue, which included rental income from food and beverage and retail outlets as well as parking charges while aeronautical services contributed 65% of earnings.

Malaysia Airports hopes that contributions from commercial activities could climb to 40% next year and 50% within three years.

Umar said on average, passengers travelling via KLIA spend RM26 to RM27 each, mainly on duty free goods such as cigarettes, liquor and chocolates, with fashion items getting more popular. “The retailers are looking forward to the renovation with expectations that sales would likely increase by 40% with the new look,” he said.
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