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Old February 10th, 2006, 05:14 PM   #521
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Malaysia to launch budget airline terminal March 23
10 February 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia said Friday it will launch its new airport terminal for budget airlines on March 23, two days before neighboring Singapore's Changi Airport opens a rival low-cost wing.

The Low Cost Carrier Terminal, located at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, or KLIA, will initially be used by Southeast Asia's top budget airline AirAsia, but other carriers are expected to come on board, Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy said.

"We welcome other low-cost carriers to operate here. At the moment, we have received a few responses from other low-cost carriers," he was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama after touring the terminal.

KLIA general manager Azmi Murad said parking and landing charges will be waived for new foreign low-cost carriers using the terminal.

Airlines also escape charges for aerobridges, which are not available at the new terminal, but all other charges -- including airport departure tax -- will remain the same, Azmi said.

He said AirAsia, currently the only budget carrier using KLIA, flew 4 million passengers last year, accounting for 17 percent of the 23.2 million-passenger volume at KLIA.

Malaysia decided to build the dedicated terminal to help the KLIA compete as a regional hub and counter competition from neighbors Singapore and Thailand.

Officials said the 108 million ringgit (US$29 million; €24 million) budget terminal has 30 parking bays to handle Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and can accommodate 10 million passengers a year -- while the one being built in Singapore can cater to 2.7 million passengers a year.

However, Singapore will launch its new low-cost wing at Changi Airport on March 25, and officials have said the terminal could expand to accommodate 5 million passengers a year.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 07:37 PM   #522
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^ 2 days apart LOL!
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Old February 11th, 2006, 10:20 AM   #523
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March 9 - Soft Opening

SEPANG, SELANGOR, Fri.

Southeast Asia’s first dedicated budget terminal, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal, will begin operations on March 23.

This is two days earlier than the opening of Singapore’s LCC terminal.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the new terminal would boost plans to turn KLIA into a regional aviation hub.

"I am glad to announce that the new LCC terminal will be operational on schedule on March 23. It took us nine months from last June to complete construction works for the terminal.

"Work is now 97 per cent complete and the contractors have confirmed that they will be handing over the facility to Malaysia Airports Berhad on Feb 28.

"We will have a soft opening on March 9 to enable everyone, from government department and agencies, members of the public, taxi drivers and bus operators, to become familiar with the facility.

"From March 23, the terminal will be fully operational," he said, adding AirAsia would operate from there from that date. He was speaking after visiting the LCC terminal, located about 20km from the KLIA main terminal building.

Among those present were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad and AirAsia group chief executive Datuk Tony Fernandez.

The LCC terminal, with parking space for 30 aircraft, is intended to be the hub for AirAsia, AirAsia Indonesia and AirAsia Thailand, along with other regional budget airlines.

Touted as among the largest in the region, it has the capacity to handle up to 15 million passengers annually.

Chan said a few international low-cost carriers had enquired about the terminal.

On connectivity between the main terminal building and the LCC terminal, Chan said there would be a free shuttle bus service every 15 minutes.

"However, if the need arises, the frequency of the service will be increased."

On taxi service, Chan said Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Khaled Nordin would announce soon whether city taxis would be allowed to serve the new terminal.

On airport tax to be imposed at the new terminal, he said the Government and MAHB were studying a proposal submitted by AirAsia, with a decision expected to be announced before March 23.

Commenting on the tax, Fernandez said: "It’s called a low-cost terminal, hence the rates should be low."

MAHB is awaiting approval from the Government to raise airport taxes from RM45 to RM65 for international passengers and RM6 for domestic departures
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Old February 14th, 2006, 06:47 AM   #524
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Back to the point, it does not really matter who opens first, the most important thing is that they can work together to allow cheap flights between the two cites.

Isn't it ironic that both cities would soon to have its own budget terminal but there isn't any direct budget flights between both
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Old February 19th, 2006, 09:22 AM   #525
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Another system glitch at KLIA
Sunday February 19, 2006
BY ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN


PETALING JAYA: An interruption to the passenger check-in processing system at the KL International Airport resulted in re-timed flights and delays for hundreds of passengers.

KL International Airport senior manager (public relations) Shuhainie Shamsuddin said the interruption, which occurred at 6am yesterday, had caused a slowdown in the check-in processing system. It was rectified by 9am.

She said Malaysia Airlines (MAS) counters had to revert to manual check-in system, which caused the delay.

“We are still investigating the cause of the interruption and we apologise to passengers who had been inconvenienced,” she said when contacted yesterday.

Malaysia Airlines corporate communications executive S. Anbarasu said the system glitch had caused a disruption to the airport’s Passenger Check-In Processing System (PCPS).

He said both MAS and the airport management activated their back-up systems to handle passenger and baggage check-in.

Yesterday’s incident was the second glitch to occur in two weeks at the KLIA.

On Feb 7, several local and international flights were delayed, also due to PCPS problems.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 04:48 PM   #526
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Self-service Check In Kiosk At KLIA

MAHB To Implement Self-service Check In Kiosk At KLIA
February 23, 2006 20:50 PM

SEPANG, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd expects to implement the common use self-service (CUSS) kiosk at the KL International Airport (KLIA) by mid-year, its managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said.

He said the CUSS kiosk allows passengers to check-in at a number of airlines using the same kiosk, like using different bank cards at any auto-teller machines (ATMs).

He said CUSS kiosk improves efficiency by providing additional check-in capacities for a fraction of the cost using existing terminal space.

However, he declined to mention the amount of investment involved.

"Everything cost millions," he told reporters at the exchanging of memorandum of understanding (MoU) ceremony between Malaysia Airports and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

When asked whether the CUSS kiosk will be implemented at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal, he said it may not require the facility as it is a different model.

Bashir said Malaysia Airports was the first airport in Asia to have entered into a MoU with IATA, to support the IATA's Simplifying the Business (StB) programme by implementing CUSS kiosks, Bar Coded Boarding Pass (BCBP) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage management at KLIA.

On the implementation of BCBP and RFID at KLIA, he said: "We are working closely with the airlines. We can't give a specific date at this point of time. We hope this should be done by next year or the year after that."

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Old February 26th, 2006, 06:33 PM   #527
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Malaysia's new low-cost aviation hub is safe: minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26, 2006 (AFP) - Malaysia's new low-cost aviation hub at Kuala Lumpur's international airport is safe for aircraft movement and will open as scheduled next month, a senior minister said Sunday.

"We never compromise on the issue of safety. We will begin operations on March 23," Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency.

Chan was commenting on remarks made by air traffic controllers at Kuala Lumpur airport that safety may be compromised if the low cost terminal opens as scheduled.

The aviation hub will begin operations just three days ahead of rival Singapore's budget operation, to become Southeast Asia's first dedicated no-frills terminal.

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

The Malaysian government hopes the new facility will help turn Kuala Lumpur's international airport into a regional aviation hub, attracting at least five million passengers in its first year of business.

The president of Malaysia's air traffic control union, Wan Muhaimin Wan Jamil, said he feared the terminal would not be fully equipped by March 23.

"The tender has not even been awarded and it will take 10 months for all work to be completed at the traffic control tower.

"We have to control traffic manually when the day comes and that is going to be taxing on the staff," he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times newspaper Saturday.

Wan Muhaimin warned that there was a shortage of air traffic controllers and the burden to operate manually would cause a strain on the staff and safety could be compromised.

Malaysia's own AirAsia is currently the only budget airline that has confirmed it will operate from the new facility.

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 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.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 06:12 AM   #528
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Lion Air will consider move to low-cost terminal
By ANNA MARIA SAMSUDIN
February 27 2006


ASIA'S first low-cost carrier PT Lion Air says it may relocate operations to the new low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang if it can help the carrier significantly reduce costs.

The president-director of Indonesia's biggest budget carrier, Rusdi Kirana, said he has no qualms about moving to the new terminal even if it means having to operate next to one of his company's main rivals, AirAsia Bhd.

The LCC terminal opens on March 23.

"We have heard about the new (LCC) airport, but we do not have sufficient details as yet to make a decision on the matter.

"If operating out of the LCC terminal can significantly reduce our costs, we do not mind moving," he said when met in Kuala Lumpur last week.

This was the first time Rusdi had consented to be interviewed. He was in the city for the Cape Town Treaty reception, organised by the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

Malaysia is the eighth country to ratify the international treaty, which facilitates cross-border financing and leasing of large commercial aircraft and aircraft engines and protects the interest of financiers.

Lion Air, which Rusdi co-owns with his brother Kusnan Kirana, has been operating out of KLIA since 2000. It flies daily from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta and from Penang to Medan.

It is looking at expanding its network in Indonesia as well as the region. Apart from Kuala Lumpur and Medan, it also flies into Singapore.

Rusdi said it is eyeing expansion into East Asian destinations such as Hong Kong.

It expects to begin service to the former British island colony by next year, after the delivery of its first 737-900ER (Extended Range).

"We are certainly eager to expand our routes, and we are waiting for the delivery of our new aircraft to do this," he said.

In July last year, Lion Air ordered 60 new 737-900ERs worth US$3.9 billion (RM14.5 billion). The first 737-900ER, which is the newest member of the world's best-selling Next- Generation 737 family, is scheduled for delivery in the first half of next year.

Rusdi said the new planes will be deployed on its expanded domestic routes. It currently flies to 50 destinations in Indonesia.

Lion Air operates a fleet of 34 aircraft comprising 20 MD80 series, five MD90 series, six 737-400s and three DHC-8-301 feeder aircraft.
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don't know if they're allowed to move there, technically - lion air isn't a lcc
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Old February 27th, 2006, 11:30 AM   #530
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Oh! This March!!! How fast it is!!!.Well It's good for KL.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 02:10 PM   #531
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Malaysia's new low-cost aviation hub is safe: minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26, 2006 (AFP) - Malaysia's new low-cost aviation hub at Kuala Lumpur's international airport is safe for aircraft movement and will open as scheduled next month, a senior minister said Sunday.

"We never compromise on the issue of safety. We will begin operations on March 23," Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency.

Chan was commenting on remarks made by air traffic controllers at Kuala Lumpur airport that safety may be compromised if the low cost terminal opens as scheduled.

The aviation hub will begin operations just three days ahead of rival Singapore's budget operation, to become Southeast Asia's first dedicated no-frills terminal.

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

The Malaysian government hopes the new facility will help turn Kuala Lumpur's international airport into a regional aviation hub, attracting at least five million passengers in its first year of business.

The president of Malaysia's air traffic control union, Wan Muhaimin Wan Jamil, said he feared the terminal would not be fully equipped by March 23.

"The tender has not even been awarded and it will take 10 months for all work to be completed at the traffic control tower.

"We have to control traffic manually when the day comes and that is going to be taxing on the staff," he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times newspaper Saturday.

Wan Muhaimin warned that there was a shortage of air traffic controllers and the burden to operate manually would cause a strain on the staff and safety could be compromised.

Malaysia's own AirAsia is currently the only budget airline that has confirmed it will operate from the new facility.

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 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.
They are still using the same control tower right? Except that they haven't equipped it with more equipment to handle all the additional budget flights from this separate terminal right. Why haven't they? Are they sure its safe?
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Old February 27th, 2006, 03:17 PM   #532
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^ no, i think they will adapt this version from "Fantasy Island." some1 will shout 'the plane.. the plane..' whenever one is approaching.. ha haaa
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Old March 7th, 2006, 11:05 AM   #533
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KLIA named Best Airport in 15-25m passenger category
07 Mar 2006 3:28 PM


Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has notched up another success when its flagship airport, the KL International Airport (KLIA), was voted Best Airport in the 15-25 million passengers per annum category in the recently announced AETRA 2005 survey.

KLIA also bagged third place for both Best Airport worldwide and Best Airport in Asia/Pacific categories behind Incheon Airport, Korea, which was placed first, while Singapore's Changi Airport and Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport shared the honours for second place.

"These achievements eclipsed the AETRA 2004 results where KLIA emerged second in the Best Airport (15-25 million passengers per annum)," MAHB said in a statement on March 7.

MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad received the awards at the ACI Conference gala dinner in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on March 6.

"The awards reflects our continuous effort to enhance the services and facilities offered at KLIA. While this result is an endorsement of our achievement, we take it as a challenge to maintain our good standings in the AETRA survey," he said.

AETRA is an airport customer satisfaction benchmarking programme covering 66 airports worldwide, including some of the largest and most progressive such as London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Dubai.

The AETRA Airport Customer Satisfaction programme is jointly conducted by Airport Council International (ACI) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) to acknowledge the top performers among airports around the world.

The survey covers the entire airport experience of international and domestic travellers who rate participating airports on 28 service-related parameters.

The 2005 AETRA Awards will be the last joint survey by ACI and IATA. From 2006, the awards will be known as Airports Service Quality Awards by ACI.
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5m passengers expected in first year
By Kevin Tan, 09 Mar 2006 9:23 PM



Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy (left) and AirAsia chief
executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes




Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects five million passengers to use the low-cost carrier (LLC) terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in its first year of operations.

The LCC terminal, which will start operations on March 23, can accommodate up to 10 million passengers a year, and be expanded to handle up to 15 million passengers, said MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad. All AirAsia's flights will be relocated to the LCC terminal.

The terminal was completed five days ahead of schedule since work started in June 2005. It is located about 20km away by road from the KLIA main terminal building.

Bashir was speaking to reporters during a working visit to the LCC terminal. Also present were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes.

Bashir also said MAHB had identified another site near the KLIA in anticipation of any future need for another LCC terminal to be built. This terminal would be capable of handling up to 30 million passengers a year.

He said the KLIA main terminal had handled more than four million passengers of LCCs last year and was getting congested.

On whether the LCC terminal's completion was pushed forward to compete with Singapore, Bashir said MAHB wanted it ready earlier because of AirAsia Bhd's expansion, which would see it getting a new aircraft every month.

We are already congested at the main terminal. It's difficult for us to continue accommodating AirAsia. That is why we pressed for the government to have this terminal ready as soon as possible and we are pleased they were able to do so, Bashir said.

Fenandes said the LCC terminal will be a great place for us to make Malaysia a dominant low-cost carrier hub. It will give us all the tools required to enable us to have low fares and attract more people to come to Malaysia and fly AirAsia.

On Malaysian Airlines Bhd's (MAS) flight rationalisation plan, Fernandes said AirAsia had presented its case to the government on the possibility of taking over some of MAS domestic routes and would probably know the result within a week.

Since the LCC would operate on a point-to-point travel basis in line with the low-cost travel business model, there is no interlining arrangement between AirAsia and other airlines operating at the KLIA main terminal.

International passengers who require terminal transfers for their connecting flight must obtain custom clearance and claim their luggage prior to their check-in for the connecting flight at the other terminal.

However, there will be a free shuttle service for connecting-flight passengers between the LCC and the main terminal building.

Besides taxis and public buses, the LCC terminal also provides 1,100 open-air parking lots, which charged RM1 per hour for the first two hours and RM2 per hour for the subsequent hours.

On airport tax for the LCC, Chan said his ministry consulted relevant parties such as MAHB, AirAsia and the Finance Ministry on the matter.

"I will submit the recommendations to Cabinet next week for a final decision and endorsement. Subsequently we will make a decision," he added.
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KL budget terminal set to be hub for low-cost flights
Singapore Business Times, March 18, 2006

Passenger traffic seen rising with AirAsia's rapid route expansion

By PAULINE NG



Ready for launch: Malaysia's LCC Terminal is built to handle 10 million
passengers, compared to its Singapore counterpart's 2.7 million




MALAYSIA'S budget terminal could well become the region's leading low-cost-flight hub, fuelled by AirAsia's rapid expansion.

To be launched on Thursday, the LCC Terminal, which has been built to cater to 10 million passengers annually, expects to serve over five million passengers this year. In four years, it expects to reach its full capacity of 10 million passengers.

These projections are based on the forecast of the region's leading budget airline, AirAsia, which is currently the sole customer of the budget terminal, said Malaysian Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy.

At a press conference yesterday, he announced that the passenger service charge for domestic passengers at the new terminal would be RM6 and for international passengers, RM35.

Last year, AirAsia flew close to five million passengers. But the airline - formed only in December 2001 - would now be allowed to fly domestic trunk and non-trunk routes, which would increase its passenger numbers.

Malaysia announced on Thursday night that national carrier Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia would jointly operate its domestic aviation trunk routes - MAS would offer premium service and AirAsia, budget fare.

But what constitutes trunk routes - believed to be the key routes such as Penang, Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Langkawi - will be left to the airlines to decide.

Both airlines have until March 27 to revert to the government and yesterday Mr Chan declined to comment on what would occur if a decision could not be reached. But he said that he was confident both carriers would be able to 'come up with something beneficial to both and the aviation industry'.

The airlines will be given the flexibility to determine frequencies, capacity distribution, aircraft type and fare, under the supervision of the Transport Ministry. And that flexibility was precisely what MAS had asked the government to give it under its business turnaround plan when it proposed to take back the profit and loss for all domestic routes from government vehicle Penerbangan Malaysia.

The market believed Thursday's announcement would benefit AirAsia. The airline's share price rose six sen to RM1.76, while MAS dropped 10 sen to RM2.80.

Yesterday, Mr Chan sought to play down any perceived rivalry between Malaysia's and Singapore's low-cost carrier terminals.

'I think they complement each other. There's enough room for all the LCC terminal operators in this part of the world.'

Singapore's terminal - built to handle 2.7 million passengers yearly - will open three days after Malaysia's on March 26.

But AirAsia will undoubtedly play a key role in Malaysia's aspirations to be the leading hub for budget travellers. The airline is buying 40 Airbus aircraft with an option for 40 more.

So impressive has its growth been that KLIA was no longer able to accommodate its needs at the main terminal, said Bashir Ahmad, the managing director of Malaysia Airport Holdings, the airport's operator.

'We have a very large demand for low-cost travel in Malaysia for domestic and outbound travel- that's why we had to build a separate terminal to meet the specific requirements of the LCC,' he said.

Mr Chan added that the budget terminal could be modularly expanded to handle 15 million passengers should passenger volumes increase dramatically. 'We don't need to wait until 2010.'
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From the pics I've seen so far, the terminal doesn't look all that bad
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Low-cost carrier terminal opens today

Mar 23, 06 3:47am


Malaysia is set to open today its no-frills airport terminal for Asia's booming budget aviation sector, which it hopes will help make Kuala Lumpur a regional transport hub.

- Cost RM108 million
- AirAsia first to use

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congrats to air asia and klia on the opening of the new LCCT !!
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Any pictures??? Has no one been there yet??? Very few pictures posted here so far...
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MAS And AirAsia Must Work As Smart Partners, Says PM

March 23, 2006 19:01 PM

SEPANG, March 23 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and low-cost carrier AirAsia must work as smart partners for their mutual benefit, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today.

He said both airlines would earn from the smart partnership and indirectly the nation would also benefit from their collaboration.

"MAS and AirAsia have no problem, but if there is any, it can be solved through discussion and I believe this is a more effective way," he said in his speech at the official launch of the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here Friday.

Abdullah also hoped that both airlines would continue to raise their service standards and strived for excellence, glory and distinction.

He said the success of both airlines were not solely dependent on their leadership but also on all levels in MAS and AirAsia.

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LCC TERMINAL – Dimensions
Size of the terminal 35,290 sq meters
a. Check in area 2,650 sq meters
b. International Departure Hall 3,240 sq meters
c. International Arrival Hall 4,340 sq meters
d. Domestic Departure Hall 4,430 sq meters
e. Domestic Arrival Hall 1,900 sq meters
f. Public Concourse Main Area 4,355 sq meters
g. Public Concourse International
Arrival area 325 sq meters
h. Common, Ramp and circulation 6,760 sq meters
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