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Old January 5th, 2006, 09:56 AM   #441
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Old January 8th, 2006, 04:49 AM   #442
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here's the progress of KLIA's LCC terminal - 7/1/2006



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Old January 8th, 2006, 04:52 AM   #443
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Old January 8th, 2006, 09:47 PM   #444
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KLIA Golden Lounge rated fifth best
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7:


Malaysia Airlines’ first-class lounge at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport was voted the fifth best in the world by air travellers last year.

KLIA satellite building Golden Lounge manager Abdullah Jafri Ab Ghani said the ranking was the result of a survey commissioned by airline rating company Skytrax.

"We are happy to be in the top five and are pleased with the responses which were submitted by travellers worldwide," he said.

The top four spots in the 2005 survey went to the Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, South African Airways and Asiana Airways first- class lounges.

The MAS Golden Lounge, which has separate areas for first and Golden Club-class passengers, comes with showers, a massage room and a children’s play area.

A business centre also provides broadband Internet connections and printing and photocopying facilities free of charge.

"Our facilities are part of our exclusive services for customers on our international routes."

Other Golden Lounges within the country are in Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

The lounge at the Langkawi International Airport in particular has seen increased usage since the airline introduced its direct London-Langkawi flights on Oct 19, 2003.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 09:22 AM   #445
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fairul, the LCC is somewhere close to PosMalaysia.. or are they using part of the warehouse?? ha haaa
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Old January 9th, 2006, 10:30 AM   #446
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fairul, the LCC is somewhere close to PosMalaysia.. or are they using part of the warehouse?? ha haaa
just next to posmalaysia..even the posmalaysia building look even better
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Old January 9th, 2006, 02:50 PM   #447
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n the structure is not really new, rite? what was it before?
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Old January 14th, 2006, 08:28 AM   #448
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January 13, 2005
Philippine Airlines to suspend flights to Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Philippine Airlines will suspend its thrice-weekly service to the Malaysian capital next month.

"A circular was issued to inform of the flight suspension" which was "due to commercial considerations," a Kuala Lumpur-based airline official told the New Straits Times newspaper.

"I do not rule out the possibility of a low passenger volume on the route and that PAL (Philippine Airlines) is focusing more on profitable routes which are to the US," the official added.

The flag carrier's website says Manila-Kuala Lumpur flights will cease after February 12. Malaysia Airlines will continue flying the route.

Philippine Airlines suspended operations between Manila and Kuala Lumpur in 1998 for five years after suffering a collapse during the Asian financial crisis, the newspaper said.

The route was taken up again in October 2003.
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Old January 16th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #449
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MAHB: KLIA traffic to go up 7%
By Kevin Tan, 16 Jan 2006 9:44 AM


Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has projected a passenger traffic growth of 7% at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) this year, its managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid says.

For 2005, the number of passengers using the KLIA is estimated at 23 million.

Bashir says the growth of KLIA passenger traffic for this year will be lower than the 12% expected for 2005 because of the many new destinations introduced by Malaysia Airlines and the increased number of new airlines that started operations at the airport last year.

'It is a smaller growth of 6% to 7% (for this year) but it is already very good if we can achieve it,” he tells FinancialDaily.

However, Bashir says KLIA could see a higher figure of passenger traffic at KLIA this year than those projected based on the trend last year.

Last year, MAHB also projected a passenger movement growth of up to 7% for KLIA but ended up with an increase of between 11% and 12%, Bashir says.

He says MAHB expects two more new regional airlines to start operating in KLIA this year.
MAHB is currently operating 39 airports comprising five international, 16 domestic and 18 short take-off and landing airports in Malaysia.

On the Sepang Formula One (F1) Circuit, Bashir says the company is still negotiating with the government for the goverment to take over the F1 Circuit that comes with an indicative value of RM398 million.

He says this is part of the company's financial restructuring scheme to reduce its outstanding debts of RM856 million.

In May 2004, MAHB chairman Tan Sri Aris Othman was reported as saying that the company was getting poor return on its investments in the F1 facility.

On the talks with the government, Bashir says the company has not set any timeline to complete the deal.

Between 1999 and 2004, MAHB owed the government RM1.3 billion, of which MAHB has settled RM444 million.

The debt was incurred due to concession agreements between MAHB and the government for the latter to shoulder the infrastructure and development costs of KLIA and other airports in the country.

MAHB has been trying to get the government to reduce its payment obligations since 2004 following the Asian financial crisis, Sept 11 incident and the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which affected the airline industry.

Meanwhile, Bashir declines to elaborate on a statement by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy that his ministry would soon submit to the Cabinet a proposal by MAHB to increase airport tax.

Currently, airport tax for international departure is RM45 while domestic destinations are taxed at RM6 with the exception of some short take-off and landing airports.

Thailand is charging an airport tax of RM49, Hong Kong at RM60 with a security charge of RM16, Singapore at RM35 with a security charge of RM14, and Indonesia at RM40.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 03:34 PM   #450
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Decision on airport tax for LCCs by March
By Isabelle Francis, 26 Jan 2006 4:02 PM


A decision on the proposal to have a lower airport tax at the Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) should be made before the terminal opens, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.

“No final decision (yet). It’s a very complex issue as it deals with many airlines.They (LCCs) have been talking to MAHB (Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd).

"Any decision should be made before the LCC terminal opens,” he told reporters at DHL’s launch of its latest gateway in Subang on Jan 26. The LCC terminal is scheduled to open in March.

It has been reported that AirAsia was in talks with MAHB on airport tariff rates and a decision is to be made by March.

Air Asia is hoping MAHB would offer a lower rate than the current airport tax of RM45. MAHB was reported to have wanted an increase to RM65 for the KLIA main terminal.

In 2002, the tax was raised to RM45 from RM40 for international passengers and RM6 from RM5 for domestic departures.

It was also reported that MAHB had asked for an increase in landing, parking and aerobridge charges. Landing and parking charges were last raised in 1982.
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Old January 28th, 2006, 09:37 AM   #451
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The Star: 28th. Jan 2006
Malaysia's LCAT likely to open ahead of Changi

By B.K. SIDHU

Petaling Jaya: Malaysia’s low cost airline terminal (LCAT) will open for business in the first week of March, three weeks ahead of Singapore’s Changi Budget Terminal, thus becoming South-East Asia’s first dedicated no frills terminal.

“We are working on a tentative date of March 6 for the LCAT to be fully operational. Passengers and users of the LCAT would have to take note of the date and plan their travel accordingly,” Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd general manager Azmi Murad told StarBiz yesterday.

AirAsia would shift its current base at the KL International Airport (KLIA) to the new terminal from that date. Its Thai and Indonesia units, Thai AirAsia and AirAsia Indonesia, would also operate from the LCAT.

“We are opening the LCAT not to race ahead of Changi but because we are ready to do so,” he said.

Singapore had announced earlier that its budget terminal would be opening on March 26.

Azmi said: “We are proud to have a dedicated LCAT to purely handle low cost airlines. The airport is built to meet the requirements of a low cost operation whereby carriers would be able to turn around their aircraft within 25 minutes.

“This facility will be one of the biggest in terms of dedicated low cost carriers in the world and would meet the demands and expansion of AirAsia. We will fully support AirAsia’s low cost operations at the new terminal,” he said.

Work on the LCAT began in June last year and as of Jan 25, the LCAT was 93% complete, five days ahead of its original schedule, Azmi said.

He expects the the contractor to hand over the LCAT to airport operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), at the end of February. Malaysia Airports (Sepang) is a unit of MAHB.

The LCAT is located about 20km from the KLIA. It will occupy a total area of 34,000 sq m, of which 28,00 0 sq m is for the terminal, and 6,000 sq m by AirAsia. The terminal can handle 4,000 passengers an hour.

The LCAT would have 30 aircraft parking bays; 72 check-in counters will be fully operational by the launch date.

The terminal would also have nine sets of centralised security screening machines and 24 immigration counters, of which 12 are for arrivals and 12 for departures.

Two counters would be located at the Auto Gate reader.

There would be five baggage carousels, of which three would be for domestic arrivals and two for international arrivals, Azmi said.

A shuttle bus service will ferry passengers from KLIA to LCAT and vice-versa. Talks on public transportation from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre to the LCAT are underway.

There would be 1,100 parking lots and 100 motorcycle parking bays for passengers using their own vehicles. Taxis and bus holding areas have also been designated.

In keeping with its low cost, no-frills design, the new facility will not have aerobridges; thus passengers will have to walk from the building to the aircraft. But there would be enough eateries at the terminal, besides retail shopping outlets.

Last year, KLIA handled 23.2 million passengers, of which four million were low cost passengers.

The government funded the development of LCAT, which cost RM108mil, compared with the S$45mil Budget Terminal at Changi.
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Old January 28th, 2006, 10:05 AM   #452
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The LCAT is located about 20km from the KLIA. It will occupy a total area of 34,000 sq m, of which 28,00 0 sq m is for the terminal, and 6,000 sq m by AirAsia.

Is this correct? 20km from KLIA? Obviously I think they mean KL??? or something???

What do they mean 6000 for airasia and 28000 for the terminal? Did they mean 6000 sq m for airasia's operations and 28000 for other airlines?

Their phrasing is weird...
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Old January 28th, 2006, 10:10 AM   #453
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The LCAT is located about 20km from the KLIA. It will occupy a total area of 34,000 sq m, of which 28,00 0 sq m is for the terminal, and 6,000 sq m by AirAsia.

Is this correct? 20km from KLIA? Obviously I think they mean KL??? or something???

What do they mean 6000 for airasia and 28000 for the terminal? Did they mean 6000 sq m for airasia's operations and 28000 for other airlines?

Their phrasing is weird...
i thought im the only one confused reading it in the paper this morning..
dont think there will be a designated area for AK at the terminal..coz so far..AK the only airline using the terminal...
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i thought im the only one confused reading it in the paper this morning..
dont think there will be a designated area for AK at the terminal..coz so far..AK the only airline using the terminal...
Budget aviation is taking off very slowly.....................................I'm getting bored....................................... Its like the LCTs we build all generally cater to one airline, and there are still restrictions here and there...and generally limited destinations.

Out of the many destinations by AirAsia, how many are international ones?

Hopefully the arrival of new planes and more planes and the opening of the LCT will spur more and quicker growth for the industry.
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Mebbe what they meant was 2km away from the main terminal... I think that's the nearest guess...
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Mebbe larr... 6000 sq m for Airasia's own building/office/operation centre... 28000 sq m is the size of the LCCT...
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Old January 29th, 2006, 02:50 AM   #457
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Old January 29th, 2006, 07:49 PM   #458
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Kuala Lumpur Will Open Asia's 1st Budget Terminal March

Malaysia's low-cost air hub to take off ahead of Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29, 2006 (AFP) - Malaysia's low-cost aviation hub will begin business early March, ahead of rival Singapore's budget terminal to become Southeast Asia's first dedicated no-frills terminal, officials said.

"Definately, we will begin operating at the new hub before Singapore's budget terminal at Changi," AirAsia vice president Raja Mohamad Azmi told AFP Sunday.

Raja Azmi, who is also chief financial officer of the profit-making carrier, said it was preparing to start operations at the new terminal from early March.

Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd general manager Azmi Murad had said operations at the low-cost hub could begin from March 6.

"We are working on a tentative date of March 6 for the terminal to be fully operational," he was quoted as saying by the Star newspaper Saturday.

Azmi, however, downplayed any rivalry with Singapore's Changi Airport.

"We are opening the terminal not to race ahead of Changi but because we are ready to do so," he said.

The terminal at Changi Airport, which has already been completed, is scheduled to be operational on March 26.

Malaysia's government hopes the new facility will help turn Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) into a regional aviation hub. Construction of the terminal for low-cost airlines began last June.

"At least five to six million people will use the low cost airline terminal in the first year of business. Obviously the numbers will grow," Raja Azmi said.

The 100-million-ringgit (27-million-dollar) hub is about 20 kilometres (13 miles) from the KLIA.

The terminal can handle 4,000 passengers an hour. Its 30 aircraft parking bays and 72 check-in counters would be fully operational by the launch date.

A shuttle bus would ferry passengers to and from KLIA.

But Raja Azmi said talks were still ongoing with Malaysia Airports about the commercial terms to operate at the new terminal.

"We need to agree on landing fees, rentals and passenger fees. If you have a low-cost terminal, the cost of doing business has to be lower. Lower cost will mean lower priced air tickets and more people will fly," he said.

Malaysia Airports, which operates 39 airports in the country, recently proposed to raise the departure tax to 65 ringgit from 45 ringgit.

AirAsia began operations at Subang airport near Kuala Lumpur but moved to KLIA, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the capital, in July 2002 in line with the government's plan to make KLIA the main gateway for Malaysia.

The Malaysia-based airline, which dominates the crowded Southeast Asian low-cost sector, wants to ride the travel boom not only in its home region of half-a-billion people, but also in the emerging China and India markets.

It has ordered 100 brand-new Airbus A320 planes. Two aircraft have arrived and it is expected that one A320 aircraft will now arrive every month.
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I thought Singapore has already opened a budget terminal...
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^ That one is complete, but not yet open, and won't open before KLIA's budget terminal opens.
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