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Old October 21st, 2006, 04:42 AM   #621
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Old October 27th, 2006, 03:12 PM   #622
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 05:24 AM   #623
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Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia win KLIA awards

By CHAN CHING THUT

SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) was named Overall Carrier of the Year, while AirAsia Bhd bagged the Low-Cost Carrier of the Year at last night's inaugural annual KLIA Awards 2005.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was awarded Foreign Carrier of the Year while Xiamen Airlines won the Promising Carrier of the Year award.

The awards, held in conjunction with the Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) 14th anniversary, were an appreciation to all service providers and operators at KL International Airport (KLIA).

Since KLIA received the AETRA Award for World’s Best Airport for the 15-25 million passengers category, MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said it was timely to acknowledge those within the KLIA community who had consistently improved themselves and enhanced their presence at the airport with the kind of excellent service MAHB tried to extend to all airport users.

The KLIA Awards was aimed at providing an incentive to all KLIA business associates and partners to position KLIA in service excellence.

“Being accredited with the World's Best Airport title is something that we have always aspired to achieve. It would have just remained a dream had it not been for the excellent support and contributions of all those individuals and organisations that have made KLIA what it is today,” Bashir said last night.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy presented the awards. Also present was MAHB chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman.

There were awards for different categories of carriers and service providers at KLIA. The winners were picked based on passenger movements, strong growth, good sales performance and presentation, international recognition as well as service performance – all based on 2005 figures.

Other winners included Golden Arches (M) Sdn Bhd (F&B outlet of the Year), Malaysia Airports Niaga Sdn Bhd (Overall Retail Outlet of the Year), Dimensi Eksklusif Sdn Bhd (Retail Outlet of the Year - Yield Performance) and Pan Pacific Hotel KLIA (Outstanding Achievement).
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Old November 5th, 2006, 05:40 AM   #624
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Govt Nod To Build Railway Line From KLIA To LCCT, Says Najib
07-11-2006


PUTRAJAYA, Nov 7 (Bernama) -- The Cabinet Committee on Public Transport has approved in principle the plan to build a railway line from the main terminal of the KL International Airport in Sepang to the departure lounge of the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister's Department has been assigned to conduct a study, including to determine the cost and financing, whether the project would be 100 per cent government-funded or would be carried out under the Private Financing Initiatives (PFI).

The EPU would coordinate the study with the finance, transport and works ministries, he told reporters after chairing the committee meeting, here Tuesday.

Najib said the journey from the KLIA Main Terminal to LCCT would take only 11 minutes on a train compared to 20 minutes now by bus.

After the study has been completed, it would be tabled to the cabinet committee before forwarding to the cabinet for approval, he said.

Najib also said the EPU has been given two months to study the proposed double-track railway project from Ipoh to Padang Besar under the PFI before the Cabinet Committee on Public Transport study the report.

The project proponents -- Malaysian Mining Corporation and Gamuda Bhd -- briefed the cabinet committee, Tuesday.

The two companies were offered to build the RM14.5 billion government-funded electrified double-tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar and from Seremban to Johor Baharu but the projects were called off in December 2003.

In April, the Transport Ministry suggested for a review of the project, particularly for the northern region of the peninsula, and not throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

The RM4.6 billion double-tracking project from Rawang to Ipoh, now under construction, will be completed next year.

Najib also said the cabinet committee agreed for a study to be conducted to draw up a public transport master plan for major towns in the country.

He said the study is aimed at deciding the public transport systems for major towns and to determine whether they were in line with future development targets.

The nine-month study would be funded by the federal government but the cost had not been ascertained yet, he added.
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Emirates Airline May Increase Flights During Visit Malaysia Year


SEPANG, Nov 6 Asia Pulse - Emirates Airline may provide additional flights into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) during the Visit Malaysia Year 2007, said its general manager, Alban Lee.
Speaking to Bernama in a recent interview here, he said: "We feel great to contribute to KLIA to make it a more important aviation hub for Malaysia.

"For the Malaysia Visit Year, we will continue to contribute by increasing flight frequency which are commercially viable."

He pointed out that during the summer months, Emirates' flight were usually full with Middle Eastern holidaymakers visiting Malaysia.

Lee disclosed that for the past three years, Emirates have increased at least three additional flights during the summer months. Emirates currently offers nine flights weekly to KLIA.

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Old November 13th, 2006, 02:05 PM   #628
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ERL eyes KLIA-LCCT rail link
By Ashwin Raman, 13 Nov 2006 6:02 PM
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Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) wants to build and operate the proposed Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) rail link project to stem a decline in passengers on its high-speed train service to KLIA from KL Sentral.

Its chief executive officer, Dr Aminuddin Adnan, said the company had seen a drop of up to 30% to 4,000 passengers daily from 5,500 since the commencement of the LCCT in March this year.

“AirAsia passengers used to make up about 30% of our passengers before the LCCT opened.

“We have submitted a proposal to the government to construct and operate the link between KLIA and LCCT, and we have the expertise to do the job as we did the link between the KL CAT (Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal) in KL Sentral and KLIA,” he said, adding it would take 15 months to complete construction of the link.

ERL is 50% owned by YTL Corp with Lembaga Tabung Haji and Trisilco Equity Sdn Bhd holding 40% and 10% respectively.

Speaking to reporters at the International Air-Rail Organisation (IARO) Conference in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 13, Aminuddin said the 13.4km link would shorten travel time between the two terminals to 11 minutes from 20 minutes currently .

“We have been hearing of many complaints from passengers that the current mode of public transport to the LCCT is unreliable,” he said.

Last week, Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the Economic Planning Unit and the Finance Ministry were conducting a detailed study on the link that would be submitted to the cabinet in two months. The study would determine if the link would be financed by the government, partially funded or a private initiative.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said the company would expand the LCCT in three to four years to accommodate the anticipated passenger volume of over 10 million a year.

He said the budget carrier terminal would be expanded to handle up to 15 million passengers annually.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the IARO conference, he said AirAsia was close to achieving six million passengers this year and believed the low-cost carrier would achieve 10 million passengers annually within three to four years.

“For now, we are looking at expanding the LCCT with an international wing as AirAsia is increasing its number of international flights,” he said.

On a separate matter, Aminuddin said ERL would introduce baggage check-out services at KL CAT by November next year to enable international passengers to pick up their baggage in KL Sentral.

He said Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd had been contracted to supply and install the baggage handling system for RM165 million. International passengers can tag their luggage from their point of origin to KL CAT to be picked up only when they are in town.

He said ERL would first work with Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) to offer the services to the latter’s in-bound international passengers before setting up strategic partnerships with other airlines.

On ERL’s check-in facility at the KL CAT, Aminuddin said the company plans to offer the service to passengers of Emirates Airlines and Kuwait Airways next year. Currently, only passengers flying MAS, Cathay Pacific and Royal Brunei Airlines can check in at KL CAT.
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Old November 17th, 2006, 05:48 AM   #630
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Which looks better, KLIA or HKIA ?
What do you like better? A sunrise or a sunset?

I must say, though, HKIA has a better selection of shops. I also like the fact that, on arrival, it's one single level straight from the gate all the way through immigration, baggage claim and arrivals to the Airport Express. At KLIA you have to go up and down escalators/lifts a couple of times... I've also ended up on the wrong side of the KLIA Expres...
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Old November 17th, 2006, 08:55 AM   #631
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Old November 21st, 2006, 02:14 AM   #632
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Malaysia Airports to host World and Regional Assemblies 2009
November 21 2006
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Malaysia, as the host, will gain from showcasing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport worldwide as well as promoting the country as a tourist destination

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has won the bid to host the 19th World and Regional Assemblies 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.

This is the third international bid won by MAHB after hosting the first Routes Asia in 2003 and the World Routes Forum to be held in 2008.

In a statement issued yesterday, MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said some of the benefits to Malaysia as the host will include showcasing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport worldwide as well as promoting Malaysia as a tourist destination.

The news was announced in Cape Town, South Africa, during Airport Council International (ACI) 16th World Annual General Assembly, which MAHB took part in.

The 2007 assembly will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina followed by Boston in the US in 2008.

Some 700 participants from the aviation industry attended this year's meet, themed "Airports Mean Business".

At the Cape Town general meeting, Bashir was elected to sit as a member of the World Governing Board effective January 2007. More recently in May this year, he was appointed to ACI's Asia-Pacific Regional Board.

The voting members of the World Governing Board decide ACI policies and meet twice a year. Policies include airport interests such as management, operations, future developments, service standards and airlines relations.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 08:30 AM   #633
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Etihad to fly six times a week to KL

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will operate six flights weekly to Kuala Lumpur beginning Jan 15, 2007, the airline said.

Kuala Lumpur will be Etihad's fourth destination in Asia-Pacific following Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline would operate on one of its three-zone Airbus A340-300 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur. The service will operate every day of the week except Saturdays.

In a statement on Nov 21, Ethihad said the strength of the demand for the new route indicates a significant impact in both the corporate and leisure sectors in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.

Its chief executive officer James Hogan said Malaysia was a highly popular destination for the UAE due to the flexible visa requirements and advanced medical facilities and treatments available.

"Malaysia and the UAE enjoy an array of cultural ties in addition to vibrant economies. We fully expect business executives and leisure travellers based in both countries to fly frequently with Etihad on this new servce, further enhancing trade links," he said.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 09:35 AM   #634
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MAHB to bring in six airlines to KLIA next year

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Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is looking to bring in six airlines, including a low-cost carrier, to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) next year, its senior general manager Datuk Azmi Murad said.

He said the first of the six airlines would start flying to KLIA in mid-January 2007. Bangladeshi carrier, GMG Airlines, will make its inaugural flight to KLIA on Jan 24, 2007, he said.

On the other five airlines, Azmi said they would be from the Middle East and within the Asia-Pacific region. There are currently 47 airlines that fly to KLIA.

Speaking at a briefing on GMG Airlines in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 8, he said MAHB was looking at a 5% growth in passenger volume next year to 25.5 million from an estimated 24 million this year.

For the low-cost carrier terminal, Azmi said MAHB intended to construct an international wing early next year to accommodate the increase in passenger traffic.

For this year, he said MAHB was looking at passenger traffic of five million at the low-cost carrier terminal.

On GMG Airlines, he said the Bangladesh carrier would operate three flights weekly on the Dhaka–Kuala Lumpur route.

At present, only Malaysia Airlines and Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national carrier of Bangladesh, operate the route.

Azmi said there were 120,000 passengers who travelled the route annually.

He added that GMG was considering increasing the number of flights to Kuala Lumpur to seven a week later next year.
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400 more budget limos for KLIA
Thursday December 14, 2006
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THE anticipated increase in tourist arrivals for Visit Malaysia Year 2007 (VMY) at the KL International Airport (KLIA) next year has prompted Airport Limo (M) Sdn Bhd to increase its fleet of budget limos by 400.

Airport Limo chief executive officer Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said 200 of the new 1600cc Proton Waja cars for the budget limo service would be in use by the end of this month while the rest would be rolled out at the end of February.

At present, he said there were 550 budget limos on the road, made up of Daewoo and Enviro MPV models.

“The new budget limos which are fitted with the NGV system will cost RM20mil inclusive of gas costs.

“We also plan to introduce 100 new Toyota MPVs for the premier class at a cost of RM7mil.

“We are increasing the number of taxis because we expect an increase in taxi demand with VMY,” Mohd Azmi said at a press conference to announce the increase in the number of budget limos in conjunction with VMY at the Airport Limo workshop in KLIA, Sepang.

Mohd Azmi said drivers were being short-listed for the new fleet of cars.

He said the increase in budget taxis was necessary to meet the growing number of passenger arrivals at KLIA.

“Our taxis are currently doing 1,900 to 2,000 trips a day and we target an extra 500 to 600 trips a day next year,” he said.

He further explained taxis in service were used on the road between five to seven years before they were replaced with newer models.

“Once the Daewoo and Enviro models are due for replacement, we will change them to Waja cars.

“So, in four to five years, we expect our budget limos to only be made up of Proton Waja cars to portray a national image,” he said.

Mohd Azmi added that getting national cars was a lot faster and more cost effective than waiting for the arrival of imported vehicles.

“From the time we order imported cars to the time we get delivery, it takes about seven months before the car is on the road but if we order a national car, we can get the Waja on the road in less than two months,” he said.
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KLIA moves to boost safety
Friday December 15, 2006
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KL International Airport (KLIA) organised its fifth Apron Safety Campaign with its operating agencies at KLIA to upgrade its safety practices at its airsides.

This annual event is aimed at promoting safety in the airside area and to ensure safe practices among the ramp staff.

At the event officiated by Tan Sri Datuk Dr Aris Othman, chairman of Malaysia Airports, the apron users were exposed to proper handling and management of all equipment used at the apron area.

“This is to safeguard the safety of the aircraft, crew and other workers, hence minimising the occurrence of accidents,’’ said Dr Aris.

He said the rate of airside accidents has gone down significantly and as of November, it recorded the lowest airside mishap since the airport was opened in 1998.

“Aircraft related incidents have dropped from 10 in 2005 to only two this year, a reduction of 80% while non-aircraft related incidents also showed a reduction of 13.6% compared to 12% last year.

The benchmark is taken over every 1,000 aircraft either landing or taking off at KLIA,’’ he said.

Dr Aris said campaigns such as this were in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Federal Aviation Authorities and Occupational Safety and Health which encourage high safety and health standards at work.

He said the long-term goal was to create a healthy and safe working culture among all the employees and employers at KLIA.

Members of the media and KLIA staff were later entertained to a mobile vehicle parade of the different vehicles used at the airside and an exhibition on the airside accidents all over the world.
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Malaysia Airports seen performing better in 2007
By Kang Siew Li
December 27 2006


ANALYSTS forecast stronger results for Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) next year when the passenger security charge is imposed and on the back of Visit Malaysia Year 2007 (VMY2007).

"We view the new (security) charge positively as it will allow MAHB to pass on higher costs. Based on our estimates, the new security charge will provide additional net profit of RM52 million," Hwang-DBS Vickers Research Sdn Bhd acting head of research Wong Ming Tek said in a note dated December 22.

Air passengers will have to pay a security charge from January 15 of RM6 for an international flight and RM3, domestic.

"Apart from the security charge, we think MAHB has a fair chance of receiving increases in its passenger service charge (PSC) or airport tax (next year). Along with the higher PSC, MAHB would also likely resume the lease payment to the Government," Wong wrote.

MAHB has been negotiating for a corporate and financial restructuring to overcome several financial issues affecting the company, which include its financial obligations to the Government pursuant to the Concession Agreement in relation to the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

The restructuring includes devising a plan to repay the RM856.7 million it owes the Government and its request to raise airport departure tax at the 39 airports it operates.

Wong said MAHB would also be a key beneficiary of increasing tourist arrivals arising from the VMY2007 campaign.

"Every 1 per cent change in passenger growth increases our net profit by 2 per cent," he said.

Last year, MAHB handled 41.5 million passengers, up 5.4 per cent from a year earlier. KLIA topped the list with 23.2 million passengers, an improvement of 10.2 per cent from 21.1 million achieved in 2004.

Wong estimates MAHB's net profit for the fiscal year ending December 31 2007 (FY07) to be RM188 million and revenue at RM1.3 billion. Last year, the airport operator posted a net profit of RM182.3 million on revenue of RM1.1 billion.

Wong said, however, that he has lowered his net profit forecast for MAHB in FY07 as he had earlier factored in the completion of its group restructuring by January 1 2007.

"Although this security charge will help offset these cost increases, it will only be effective from January 15. We have reduced our FY07 net profit by 7 per cent as we had earlier assumed that its restructuring would be completed by January 1 2007.

"We assumed the restructuring would involve a 44 per cent increase in international PSC and resumption of lease payment to the Government.

"Our forecast is 33 per cent lower without the two scenarios. The security charge increases our forecast by 38 per cent. All in, our FY07 forecast is 7 per year lower," said Wong.

He has upgraded the company to "trading buy" from "hold", with a RM2.50 fair value.

When contacted, MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said it is still awaiting the Government's decision on its long- overdue financial restructuring.

TA Securities Holdings Bhd said that regardless of the airlines chosen by tourists during VMY2007, MAHB is set to gain from the increase in traffic flow next year.

"Note that tourist arrivals for VMY2007 are expected to reach 20.1 million, which is 14 per cent higher than the year before.

"This, and a 12 per cent rise in airlines operating in KLIA by next year, will be the catalyst for growth for MAHB," said the local research house.

MAHB derives the bulk of its revenue from airport services (67 per cent of FY05 revenue), which consist of handling and parking as well as airport taxes.

Shares of MAHB fell 1 sen, or 0.47 per cent, to RM2.12 on Bursa Malaysia yesterday.
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Etihad to launch KL route

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The United Arab Emirates national carrier Etihad today said it will launch flights to Kuala Lumpur from Abu Dhabi in January, in its fourth service to the Far East.
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Malaysia as air gateway
03-01-2007
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PETALING JAYA: GMG Airlines sees Malaysia as a gateway to expand into other international markets, said commercial international operations director Virendra Nautiyal.

We are eyeing mid-haul routes. By linking with KLIA, GMG Airlines will have a platform to extend its services to Singapore, the Middle East and Australia, he told StarBiz.

The privately owned Bangladesh airline is among five new foreign carriers that will start flights to the KL International Airport this year. Virendra said the growing Bangladeshi workforce in the country prompted the company to establish operations in Malaysia.

We are looking at a potential market size of about 400,000 passengers from Bangladesh over the next few years. This is a good opportunity for us to test the viability of our operations between Bangladesh and Malaysia, he said.

GMG Airlines currently has five aircraft and plans to add two more next year. It will use two MD 82 planes, each with a seating capacity of 153, for its international routes.

Given the strong trade ties between the two countries, the carrier's focus will be on Malaysian business sector.

Virendra believes the airline is well positioned to provide the link for Malaysian businesses, especially dry-food manufacturers, to market their products in Bangladesh.

Almost all good grocery stores in Bangladesh have Malaysian food products on display, he said, adding that trade missions to the country could organise roadshows to market more Malaysia-made products.

The company, he said, would also introduce family holiday packages in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

Malaysia is known as a family destination. Besides targeting the Bangladeshi workforce coming into Malaysia, we also want to focus on tourists, he said, adding that the visa-upon-arrival facility would attract more holidaymakers.

He said Malaysians and foreigners coming to Malaysia could also use the carrier to connect to New Delhi and Kolkata in India and Kathmandu in Nepal.

GMG Airlines has 51 interline partners including British Airways, Emirates, Air France, Garuda Indonesia and Thai Airways. It expects to have 15 more partners soon.
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