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Old January 6th, 2007, 02:14 PM   #641
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KLIA - LCCT will be expanded to become global hub

KUALA LUMPUR: The Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) will be expanded to enable it to become an international hub for budget carriers in the region.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the terminal, which is capable of handling 10 million passengers a year, would be upgraded to meet passenger demand especially for long-haul traffic.

He said Malaysia Airport Bhd (MAB) was expected to soon submit a proposal to the ministry on the expansion, including enabling it to handle wide-body jets as well.

Chan was speaking at the launch yesterday of AirAsia X, a joint venture between AirAsia and Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) to operate budget long-haul flights to the United Kingdom and China..

“The venture will provide stimulus to the Malaysian economy, especially in terms of tourism, which has a significant multiplier effect on the economy,” he added.

Chan said the success of the project would also enhance the local tourism industry, and the launch of AirAsia X was timely and would boost tourist arrivals in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2007.

He said the success of AirAsia X would showcase to the world another world-class achievement by Malaysia.

“The Government is committed to creating the requisite business environment and providing the necessary support to ensure our companies compete successfully globally,” he added.

Chan also said that Malaysia and Singapore had agreed in principle to be more liberal in their aviation arrangements.

He said the details of the arrangement would be discussed between senior officials of the two countries in the first quarter of this year.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 07:13 AM   #642
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Jet Airways aims for two daily KL-Chennai flights
By Anna Maria Samsudin
January 12 2007
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PRIVATE Indian airline Jet Airways plans to double the frequency of its Kuala Lumpur-Chennai flights to cater to the increasing demand for the service. The route is now served once daily.

Chairman Naresh Goyal said the airline is now fine-tuning the plan and hopes to introduce the added frequency at the start of its summer schedule in June.

He pointed out that the Kuala Lumpur-Chennai route has been enjoying healthy passenger volume, with an average load factor of 75 per cent for the past 12 months.

"That is a good load. Usually in an airline business, it is time to start thinking of increasing the frequency of a particular flight service once load factor has reached 75 per cent.

"The added frequency would also cater to the tourist influx, in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year this year," he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

In line with its expansion plans in Malaysia, Naresh said Jet Airways plans to further strengthen its collaboration with national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

Without going into specifics, he said that the partnership would focus on ways to enhance air connectivity between Malaysia and India.

"Jet Airways and Malaysia Airlines has a long history together. I will be meeting with the MAS chairman and managing director today to discuss ways on how both airlines can leverage on each other's strength.

"Maybe we can come up with ways such as a code-share arrangement, on how to provide better connectivity between India and Malaysia," he added.

Jet Airway's country manager for Malaysia, Kavin Martinus, said the airline is already planning to introduce a daily Kuala Lumpur-Mumbai flight sometime in November this year.

He said the new service would either be operated entirely by the airline itself or via code share with MAS.

Jet Airways, which commenced operations on May 5 1993, is currently the largest domestic carrier in India.

The airline flies to 49 domestic destinations in India and five international destinations, which are London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

The airline is in the midst of adding new destinations in South-East Asia, namely Thailand, as well as North America.

Jet Airways' current fleet consists of 46 B737s, three A340-300Es, an A330-200s and eight ATR72-500s.
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Old January 14th, 2007, 09:16 AM   #643
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Old January 14th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #644
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I was really impressed with this airport , the only downside, how far from central KL is
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Old January 14th, 2007, 03:36 PM   #645
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Malaysia's main international airport and is situated in Sepang district, in the south of the state of Selangor, about 50 km from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 07:21 AM   #646
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Etihad Airways checks in at KLIA
By Presenna Nambiar
January 17 2007
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ETIHAD Airways, which started flying between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur yesterday, expects to report a passenger load factor of 65-75 per cent over the next three years.

Chief executive officer James Hocgan said load factor, which compares miles travelled by paying passengers to available seats of an airline on a new route normally takes three years to reach maturity or hit more than 75 per cent.

"The challenge now is to have the right number of passengers and the right mix of passengers," he told reporters in Sepang yesterday.

Etihad became the eighth Middle Eastern airline to fly to the KL International Airport (KLIA), after Emirates, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Yemenia Yemen Airways and Kuwait Airways.

The airline is operating six times a week direct flights on the new route using a 265-seat A340-300.

Kuala Lumpur is Etihad's fourth destination in the Asia Pacific region, after Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said he hopes that Etihad will increase the frequency of its flights to double daily in the next two to three years.

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Etihad Airways: The National Airline of the United Arab Emirates
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Old January 21st, 2007, 08:50 AM   #647
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Eraman targets RM260m sales in 2007
18-01-2007:
By Tamimi Omar
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From left: KL Infrastructure director Datuk Mohd Rezal Arbee, Umar, MAHB
chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman, Bashir, MTrans Group chairman David Chew
and KL Monorail MD Bakhtiar Jamlee at the launching



Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s duty-free retail arm, Malaysia Airports (Niaga) Sdn Bhd (Eraman Malaysia), is targeting a 4% rise in sales to RM260 million this year from RM250 million last year on the back of strong passenger traffic.

Eraman chief executive officer Umar Bustaman said: “There are more than 50 (Eraman) outlets nationwide, and with the increase in passenger traffic this year due to Visit Malaysia Year 2007, we expect sales to increase to RM260 million.”

He added that Eraman registered sales of RM225 million in 2005.

Speaking to reporters at the launch of the KL monorail train wrap-around advertisement in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 18, he said the group had allocated RM1 million for advertising and promotion this year to encourage more people to shop at Eraman.

“We have spent RM290,000 on this promotion alone. With this promotion, we hope to encourage more people who use the ERL (Express Rail Link) to shop at KLIA,” Umar said.

He said Eraman KLIA branch was the biggest sales contributor last year and expects the trend to continue.

Meanwhile, MAHB’s managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said the group was looking into creating a common lounge at the low cost carrier terminal (LCCT).

On the impending expansion of the LCCT, he said the discussions between the government, MAHB and AirAsia Bhd were still ongoing and the details, including the cost, would be announced later.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:15 AM   #648
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Qantas' subsidiary Jetstar to fly direct to KL from Sept. 9

KUALA LUMPUR: Australian flag-carrier Qantas Airways Ltd.'s subsidiary Jetstar plans to start direct flights between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur this year, making it the second foreign budget airline to fly to Malaysia, Jetstar said Tuesday.

Jetstar plans three weekly flights starting Sept. 9, using 303-seat Airbus A330-200s, a statement from the airline said.

Despite being a budget carrier, it will offer a business class section, the statement said.

The flights are subject to regulatory approval.

The Kuala Lumpur-Sydney sector is currently controlled by Malaysia's national carrier Malaysia Airlines, as Qantas does not fly to Malaysia.

Jetstar will be the second fully foreign-owned low-cost carrier to fly to KLIA after the Philippines' Cebu Pacific Airways, which made its debut last month.

Jetstar spokeswoman Simone Pregellio denied that the new flights are part of an arrangement to allow Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia to fly to Australia.

AirAsia has said it plans to spread its wings beyond the Southeast Asia-China region to Europe, India and Australia.

"We are not working with AirAsia,'' Pregellio told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Still, Jetstar plans to offer low fares through online booking with the one-way economy fare from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney costing 633 ringgit (US$180; euro141), provided the booking is made before Wednesday.

Bashir Ahmad, managing director of Malaysia Airports, said Jetstar will be the first Australian airline flying to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

"This is indeed a breakthrough for Malaysia Airports,'' the statement quoted him as saying.

Jetstar started long-haul international flights in November 2006, and now directly serves five international markets from either Sydney or Melbourne, flying an existing 18 weekly return services.

These markets include Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Bali in Indonesia and Honolulu in the United States.

It is scheduled to start a daily service to Osaka from Sydney and return via Brisbane from March 25. - AP

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Old January 24th, 2007, 10:10 AM   #649
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Air travel between KL and Singapore likely to be liberalised soon

By Tung Shing Yi, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 23 January 2007 1825 hrs



The Singapore government is optimistic that airline travel between Kuala Lumpur and the city-state will be liberalised soon.

Singapore's Minister of State for Transport Lim Hwee Hua said this on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Low Cost Airlines Congress on Tuesday.

She said that ASEAN member countries are starting to realise the benefits of having open skies.

Momentum may finally be building to open up the skies between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Speaking to reporters, she noted that Malaysia has completed a study of the issue.

Mrs Lim said: "I believe that they've gone ahead to look at the report, showing that they obviously recognise that as well. We're optimistic that there'll be good news."

According to Mrs Lim, ASEAN governments are beginning to recognise that they have to open up their skies to each other if they want to reap the full benefits that low-cost airlines can bring to their economies.

She also acknowledged that the current regulatory regime was not very liberal, even as the 2008 deadline approached for an open aviation regime between ASEAN members.

She added: "If we can get Singapore and Malaysia to liberalise, then to set the momentum, there's no telling. This industry works really quickly. The demand for open skies is really strong. We like to go back to the consumer-is-sovereign principle, and hope that amounts to something. It's really the action of 10 countries, so I'm not sure we can speak on behalf of the other ASEAN members. On our part, we are all for open skies, we will push ahead, we will do all we can to get our side of the agreement going."

At the end of the day, there is a general consensus that connectivity will bring about flows of investment, tourism and economic growth.

The consideration is how each country will adapt and work that increased connectivity into their respective economies. - CNA/ch
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Old January 24th, 2007, 10:35 AM   #650
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Agree. But what will happen to Senai airport ?
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Old January 24th, 2007, 02:44 PM   #651
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It will go into stasis.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 10:40 PM   #652
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Senai will be fine, its a lot more convenient for JB folks to travel via Senai then down to Singapore, also as a domestic airport, the advantage for Senai is that the taxes would be cheaper for traveling within Malaysia, i.e. travel KL-JB than KL-SG. It is also already an Air Asia hub, with quite a few destinations served from there
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Old January 25th, 2007, 02:10 AM   #653
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What`s happening to KL-Ipoh route . I tried to book it yesterday to visit my aunt in IPH but the sales agent said there is no more flight

There used to be up to 5 flights/day during Subang era
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Old January 25th, 2007, 03:26 AM   #654
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Finnair jettisons plans to fly to KL

By Kang Siew Li
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January 25 2007


FINNISH national carrier Finnair plc has dropped plans to fly to Kuala Lumpur as it focuses its resources on expanding its operations in fast growing India.

Finnair had planned to fly between Helsinki and Kuala Lumpur three times a week via Bangkok, Thailand, starting in May this year.

However, Finnair deputy chief executive Henrik Arle was reported on Monday as saying that the carrier had decided not to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

It is instead increasing its services to India and would rely on regional partners to handle some of its traffic in the Asian region.

The decision will also see Finnair stop its existing flights between Bangkok and Singapore from May onwards.

The carrier estimated its Asian traffic would increase by some 30 per cent this year and hopes to draw growth from the Indian market. Almost a third of its revenue now comes from its operations in Asia.

Finnair's announcement follows the decision of Austrian Airlines to pull out of Kuala Lumpur from March 25 this year because the route is no longer profitable.

"Primary reasons for termination of the (Vienna-Kuala Lumpur) services are spiralling fuel prices and vicious competition, which have resulted in a low-yield environment. (It has deteriorated to a point where) the operation has become extremely cost-intensive, therefore unviable to sustain," Austrian Airlines country manager for Malaysia and Singapore Wilson Tay had told Business Times last August.

So far this year, the KL International Airport in Sepang has attracted three new airlines, namely Russia's Transaero Airlines, Etihad Airways and Bangladesh's GMG Airlines.

Jetstar, the low-cost unit of Australia's Qantas Airways, is scheduled to commence its Sydney-Kuala Lumpur operations effective September 9.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 08:32 AM   #655
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^ n'vrmind.. airasia can fly to helsinki.. ha haa
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Old January 25th, 2007, 09:00 AM   #656
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Now with Air Asia there is no more worry about airlines refusing or planning to stop operations to Malaysia
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Old January 25th, 2007, 10:24 AM   #657
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Malaysian airports see a 5% increase in passengers
Thursday January 25, 2007
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PUTRAJAYA: There was a 5% increase in passenger load at airports nationwide last year, with the KL International Airport topping the list at 24.11 million.

Airports in Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang recorded between 3.9 and 3.1 million passengers, for both domestic and international flights.

KLIA’s main terminal saw 23.21 million passengers last year while the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) has received 4.6 million passengers since it started operations on March 23 last year.

Langkawi airport had the highest percentage of increase in passengers at 12.5%, followed by airports in Penang, Kota Baru and Tioman.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, who released the data here yesterday, attributed the 2.1 million passenger boost last year – from 41.5 million to 43.66 million – to the increase in air traffic volume with more international airlines operating from the airports since 2005.

The new airlines included those from Kuwait, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh, he told reporters after the Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Describing the LCCT as the fastest growing airport terminal in the region, Chan said it would exceed its capacity – 10 million passengers – by the end of the year, and that expansion plans by Malaysia Airports Bhd and the ministry were almost finalised.

The expansion will enable the LCCT to accommodate 15 million passengers, he added.

“Expansion will first have to be made to the departure and arrival hall as well as the airport parking to accommodate between three and five more wide-bodied aircraft with double isles like the Airbus 330 for long-haul flights.”

Chan said problems such as delay in flights would also be addressed, and it was being monitored closely now.

The second stage of the expansion plan would be to have larger car parks and probably more business outlets, he said.
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When AirAsia start flying to Euroupe???
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Old January 25th, 2007, 11:13 AM   #659
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AirAsia X offers KL-UK route for as low as RM9.99 (Updated)
By Surin Murugiah & Gan Yen Kuan, 05 Jan 2007 6:59 PM
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From 3rd left:- FAX (Fly Asian Xpress) CEO Raja Azmi Raja Razali, AirAsia Bhd
Group deputy CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Minister of Transport Datuk
Seri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Tourism Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku
Mansor, AirAsia Bhd chairman Datuk Pahamin A Rajab and AirAsia Bhd group
CEO & FAX (Fly Asian Xpress) director & co-founder Datuk Tony Fernandes
at the launch of AirAsia X in Kuala Lumpur



Fares from as low as RM9.99 from Kuala Lumpur to the United Kingdom - that is what Asia's low cost carrier pioneer, Datuk Tony Fernandes, wants to offer air travellers on a regular basis.

Fernandes broke new ground in the regional aviation industry, with the unveiling on Jan 5 of a low cost long-haul air service to be branded AirAsia X that will start operations in July this year with average fares at about 50% of the prevailing market rates.

The new long-haul service, which will be operated by Fernandes' private entity Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) out of Kuala Lumpur, will initially include flights to the UK as well as Hangzhou and Tianjin in China.

AirAsia X’s network focus will cover destinations more than four hours in flight duration offering daily point-to-point frequencies to destinations in China, India and Europe, where national air carrier Malaysia Airlines is not operating.

FAX is currently the operator of rural air services in Malaysia. FAX has also lined up flights to Berlin, Prague, Amritsar and a yet-to-be confirmed southeast Australia destination after July.

AirAsia X will operate out of the low cost terminal at KL International Airport. The new service will be branded AirAsia X pursuant to an MoU between FAX and Asia's first budget carrier AirAsia Bhd in a franchise arrangement for the long-haul service.

AirAsia has an option to take up a 20% stake, with an option for another 10%, in FAX. Fernandes is also a major shareholder and chief executive officer of AirAsia.

Fernandes said AirAsia X would also tie up with low-cost carrier partners at its various destinations in order to increase connectivity and route network.

The other owners of FAX are AirAsia's deputy chief executive officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and former chief financial officer Raja Mohd Azmi Raja Razali.

Kamarudin said AirAsia's board was deliberating the offer to take up the 20% stake and the option for another 10% in FAX.

Fernandes said fares for the new long-haul service to the UK would start from RM9.99, excluding surcharges and airport tax.

AirAsia X is finalising its aircraft requirements, which will either be the Boeing 777-300ER or Airbus 330-300. The Boeing 777-300ER will be able to make non-stop flights while the Airbus 330-300 will have to make technical stops on long-haul flights.

"The order we are looking at for AirAsia X is 20 new aircraft. We are targeting 500,000 passengers in the first year of operations," he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 5.

Fernandes owns 10% of FAX, while the other shareholders are AirAsia's deputy chief executive officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (50%) and AirAsia's former chief financial officer Raja Mohd Azmi Raja Razali (40%).

On news reports that AirAsia was in talks with the Virgin group and EasyGroup for possible alliances, Fernandes said: "I don't want to make any comment on that right now."

"There are many ideas; there are many thoughts; there are many discussions being held. But today, we want to focus on what we are talking about (the new service launch).

"We obviously have relationships with all those mentioned, but today it is about FAX. I do believe the timing of a low-cost world network is not very far away," said Fernandes.

EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic on Wednesday denied news reports that they were in discussions with AirAsia or FAX to form a global budget air travel alliance.

It was earlier speculated that Fernandes may team up with two other international personalities in the aviation industry - Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin group and Sir Stelios Haji-loannou of EasyGroup, the parent company of Britain's easyJet.

Earlier in his speech, Fernandes said AirAsia and AirAsia X would be operated separately, with him focusing on the former, while Raja Mohd Azmi would concentrate on FAX and the new service.

Raja Mohd Azmi, who is FAX chief executive officer, said FAX and AirAsia would remain two separate legal entities, each with its own operations.

"AirAsia's mandate is really to do short-haul. That is what they are good at. To mix it up will really (create) 'air complexity'.

"That is why we have two separate entities – one running long-haul. But we complement each other," he said.

Raja Mohd Azmi said FAX hoped to make profits from the long-haul flights within one to two years into operations.

"(FAX's cost) is 1.9 sen per ASK (available seat kilometre). AirAsia is talking about 2.2 sen to 2.5 sen per ASK.

"With 1.9 (sen), we think that we will be able to provide really low fares. That will provide the volume and therefore, we believe profitability will come not very far off."

Raja Mohd Azmi said the FAX's long-haul service would replicate AirAsia's model to enhance cost control, with similar brand and marketing strategies.

He said the service would include dual seating arrangements at different prices, with assigned seatings provided for the higher fares.

He said with the agreement to use AirAsia's brand name, website and uniforms, FAX would be able to save on its marketing costs.

Raja Mohd Azmi said the long-haul flights would not affect its existing operations of rural flights in Sabah and Sarawak, as these flights would have separate operations.

"They will be managed separately. Generally there will be separate people running it," he said.

He added that FAX would not channel the subsidies it received from the government for operating rural flights into the operations of the long-haul flights.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, who was also present at the function, said FAX would initially be allowed to operate routes not offered by Malaysian Airline System Bhd.

"As far as the UK is concerned, Heathrow and Gatwick are out," he said. However, Chan said FAX had been given the nod to fly into Manchester. Last year MAS dropped its KL-Manchester route.

He said both FAX and MAS had roles to play to enhance the local tourism and aviation industries.

Chan added that while initially they would fly different routes, the government would later consider applications for same routes from both.

He said Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd was expected to submit a plan to the ministry on the expansion of the low cost carrier terminal at KLIA soon and would include parking space for wide-body aircraft.
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January 25 2007


LONG-HAUL budget airline AirAsia X plans to include France in its flight service network, apart from the UK.

Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said France is among the European destinations it is eyeing to serve and has already informed the Transport Ministry of its plans.

It intends to operate the proposed Malaysia-France flight out of cheaper secondary airports.

"France is among the European destinations that we are considering right now. We are still talking to the Government about this.

"Despite the various destinations that we would like to fly to in Europe, our main focus would still be the UK," Kamarudin told Business Times in a phone interview yesterday.

The airline is currently working out details of its maiden long-haul flight between Kuala Lumpur and the UK.

AirAsia X is owned by FAX, using the AirAsia brand name.

FAX, which operates the rural air services (RAS) in Sabah and Sarawak, is privately-owned by AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes, Kamarudin and AirAsia former chief financial officer Raja Azmi Raja Razali.

Aside from Europe, AirAsia X also plans to fly to China, India and Australia.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy confirmed that his ministry has been informed of AirAsia X's interest to fly to France.

He also said Malaysia is currently in talks with the French Government on plans to double its present landing rights into France from seven to 14 times per week.

"The French Government appeared to be supportive of this proposal and because of that, we are hoping to be able to realise the talks soon.

"AirAsia X has also expressed its interest to start a budget airline service to France. The Government will decide whether to award the additional landing rights to AirAsia X (in due course)," he told reporters in Toulouse, France, last week.

Chan also gave the assurance that the expansion works on the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang would be completed on time for AirAsia X's maiden Kuala Lumpur-UK flight, scheduled to take off sometime in September.

He said the expansion work to be carried out would enable the terminal to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft to be used in AirAsia X's long-haul operations as well as to cater to the influx in tourist arrivals.

"The LCCT can only cater to 10 million passengers per year. AirAsia is expected to bring in around 10.2 million passengers to the terminal this year.

"Upon completion of the expansion works, the LCCT would be able to accommodate 15 million passengers per year," Chan added.


Last year, about 4.6 million travellers used the LCCT since it began operation on March 23.
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In the past when a foreign airliner decidess to stop operations in KLIA, many malaysians got serious heart attack ! But now with commencement of Air Asia X, nobody cares !
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