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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:11 PM   #701
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Old July 13th, 2007, 05:01 AM   #702
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43 airlines to offer check-in at KL Sentral

July 13 2007

KUALA Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will have 10 new check-in desks at the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT) at KL Sentral by July 23.

This will extend from three to 43 the number of airlines based at KLIA’s main terminal which can offer the same check-in facilities at the city centre, Express Rail Link said in a statement yesterday.

Currently only Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Royal Brunei Airlines offer city check-in service at KL CAT.

The 10 AirportConnect CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) check-in desks will be installed by global IT firm SITA.

ERL operates the high-speed train KLIA Express between KL Sentral and KLIA.

ERL’s chief executive officer Dr Aminuddin Adnan said talks are under way for more airlines to offer the city check-in service at KL Sentral. — Bernama
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Old July 17th, 2007, 04:33 AM   #703
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Emirates flies from Venice to Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and as Malaysia celebrates its 50th year of independence next month, Emirates Airline has launched its Venice-Kuala Lumpur route to further promote tourist arrivals between the two countries.

“This year, Malaysia is expecting more than 20.1 million inbound travellers and what better way to welcome tourists to Malaysia than by connecting the country with a booming city like Venice,” country manager Alban Lee said at the launch last Friday.

The new route would also offer travellers a “unique Venetian experience” through the Emirates Water Limousine airport transfer service, which would provide transportation via boats from a dedicated pontoon next to the airport to their respective hotels, he said.

The Venice route is the airline’s third Italian destination after Milan and Rome.

“Venice is a popular tourism destination and an important gateway in northern Italy for commerce. This new service will contribute to Italy’s flourishing small and medium-sized businesses by providing increased access from Venice to other major cities such as Malaysia, “ added Lee.

By year-end, Emirates will further extend its services to destinations like Newcastle, Sao Paulo, Ahmedabad, Toronto and Houston.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 04:07 PM   #704
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KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and as Malaysia celebrates its 50th year of independence next month, Emirates Airline has launched its Venice-Kuala Lumpur route to further promote tourist arrivals between the two countries.

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How is this a Venice - "KL' flight? Obviously the Venice - Dubai flight would connect to a number of other Emirates destinations including KL.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 06:25 PM   #705
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Old July 18th, 2007, 05:12 PM   #706
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Old July 19th, 2007, 12:16 PM   #707
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Air India Express to fly to Malaysia from Oct

KUALA LUMPUR: Low-cost carrier Air India Express aims to begin flying from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur from October under a new agreement to liberalize air travel between the two countries, an airline official said Thursday.

The carrier, which is a subsidiary of state-run Air India, is finalizing details of its entry to Malaysia following the signing of the pact earlier this month, said Saket Saran, country manager for Air India here.

"It is a landmark agreement. It will increase the number of direct flights to Indian cities, and make travel cheaper and more convenient for passengers,'' Saran told The Associated Press.

"Air India Express hopes to operate by October. We plan to start to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Chennai in the first phase and expand later to Trichy in southern India and to other Indian destinations,'' he said.

Malaysia will be the carrier's second international destination after Singapore, he said.

Air India Express is negotiating to fly to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, rather than to the low-cost terminal near the main airport, he added.

The bilateral pact to free up air services was signed July 13 in Kuala Lumpur following two days of extensive talks between aviation authorities from both sides, the Indian High Commission said in a statement late Wednesday.

The deal would allow Air India Express to fly to Malaysia, it said.

The agreement followed a dispute in May when India's aviation authority threatened to cut Malaysia Airlines' landing rights in India if Indian budget carriers Air India Express and Air Sahara were not allowed to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysian government granted landing rights to Air Sahara last year but state-controlled Malaysia Airlines allegedly asked the government to cancel it on the grounds that passenger volumes on the New Delhi-to-Kuala Lumpur route were low.

While Air Sahara still has the landing rights, it is not clear when or if the carrier will start flying to Malaysia.

Under the new agreement, the high commission said the aeronautical authorities of both countries can designate any number of airlines to operate the India-Malaysia route.

The two sides agreed to enhance traffic between Malaysia and six key cities in India, namely New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad over the next two years, it said.

The agreement also allow designated airlines to fly to 18 secondary airports in India, as well as remove all restrictions for cargo services, it said.

"This agreement will pave the way for growth in air operations between India and Malaysia. As a direct outcome of these talks, the operations of Air India Express on India-Malaysia route are likely to commence soon,'' the High Commission said.

Malaysia Airlines flies 27 times a week to five Indian cities, including 13 codeshare flights with Air India, Saran said.

This in addition to 28 combined flights to Kuala Lumpur between Indian Airlines, Air India and Jet Airways each week, he said.

Air India and Indian Airlines are merging as part of consolidation of state-run carriers but Saran said it would not affect the number of flights to Malaysia. - AP
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Old July 24th, 2007, 11:21 AM   #708
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Jetstar launches low-cost KL-Sydney flights

KUALA LUMPUR: Australia's Jetstar has announced that the first low-cost direct long-haul flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney will take off Sept 9 with a special web-only offer from RM88 upwards for a one-way ticket.

However, bookings have to be made between now and 10pm tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25.

The offer is for two travel periods spanning Sept 9-20 this year and Feb 3-28 next year. The standard economy fare at other periods would be RM488, excluding surcharges and taxes.

The company hopes to have three weekly flights, subject to regulatory approval, it said at a presentation to travel industry representatives here Tuesday.

"Jetstar has sought to take a price leadership position in all international markets it serves," David May, general manager of marketing, said in a statement.

The company would also modify its "Double the Difference" voucher guarantee to include its KL-Sydney route.

"If any customer who finds a lower fare online against a Jetstar International flight on the same long-haul city pair, such as KL-Sydney, on the same travel date ... we will double the difference when the Jetstar fare is purchased," he said.

Jetstar currently has five other international destinations -- Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, Denpasar and Osaka.
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Old July 24th, 2007, 11:31 AM   #709
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Im so bummed I didnt get to see the main airport, as I took Air Asia, I was stuck in the low cost airline terminal, so everything there was....... low cost
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Old July 26th, 2007, 06:22 AM   #710
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Jetstar offers RM88 on KL-Sydney flights
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KUALA LUMPUR: Qantas Airways’ low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar, is offering direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney beginning September, at fares from as low as RM88 one way, excluding taxes and surcharges.

A round trip inclusive of taxes and surcharges comes up to RM996.27.

Jetstar began selling the promotional fares on the web at noon yesterday. The promotion, valid for travel in September and February, ends today at 10pm.

“We are committed to offering the lowest fare on every route we serve,” Jetstar’s general manager of marketing, David May, said at its product launch yesterday.

May also said he expected a load factor of more than 90% for this route. Some 400,000 passengers fly between KL and Sydney every year.

Although it operates on a low-cost model, Jetstar will not fly from the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

“The advantage of KLIA (main terminal) is the connectivity,” May said. “In our costings, we didn’t find very much difference in airport charges for the LCCT.”

Jetstar will begin serving the route with Airbus A330s before it switches to the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner next August.

The aircraft will have a two-seat configuration of business and economy classes. Jetstar’s economy fares do not include the frills that come with an economy class ticket of a network carrier like Malaysia Airlines (MAS). Passengers will have to pay for meals, video-on-demand and other amenities.

Business-class passengers,however, will be lavished with all the trappings that come with the premium service. The one-way promotional fare for Jetstar’s Star Class is going for RM1,488, excluding taxes and surcharges.

“Our Star Class is comparable to Qantas’ business class on its domestic flights,” May said.

With this service, Jetstar will be the only other airline apart from MAS, to operate direct flights between the two cities.

While Jetstar’s entry will raise seat capacity on the KL-Sydney route by 20%, analysts don’t believe its services will pose a big threat to MAS.

“When you compare the frequencies, three times a week is not that great even though the prices are lower,” said an analyst with a local investment bank.

MAS’ market dominance of the so-called “kangaroo routes” is increasingly being eroded as more budget carriers offer their services. The eagerly watched, low-cost long-haul carrier, AirAsia X , is expected to offer flights between KL and an Australian city – rumoured to be Melbourne.

May did not rule out that Jetstar would offer other flights from KL in future but said the airline would “compete vigorously in every market” it was in.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 12:24 PM   #711
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Etihad on cloud nine over Abu Dhabi-KL flights
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July 28 2007




ETIHAD Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is enjoying a healthy growth in passenger numbers on its Abu Dhabi-Kuala Lumpur flights, despite stiff competition from other Middle Eastern carriers.
With an average 97-per cent full flights in July and August, its country manager for Malaysia W. Lindsay White said:


"You'll have to be lucky to get a seat from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur until at least the end of September."


That's because July to September is traditionally the busiest travel period of the year for the Airways as travellers from the Middle East head abroad in order to escape the scorching summer heat.


According to Etihad Airways' leisure division, Etihad Holidays, Malaysia has emerged the most popular destination among European and Middle Eastern travellers - beating perennial favourite Thailand - which has ruled since 2006.


"We are generating good yields on the Abu Dhabi-KL route," White told Business Times.


He added that the airline's fares on this route are currently "slightly lower" than Malaysia Airlines (MAS), but "higher" than other Middle Eastern carriers.


Etihad, which competes with the likes of MAS, Dubai's Emirates, Qatar Airways and Bahrain's Gulf Air, flies six times weekly from Abu Dhabi to KL.


The airline started flying to KL on January 16, with an A340. In March, it changed the aircraft to the bigger B777 to accommodate high travel bookings between Abu Dhabi and KL.


The airline's load factor - the percentage of seats filled - has jumped from 54 per cent to the 70s over a span of six months, said White, who left Gulf Air to join Etihad on January 3.


White has worked in the aviation industry for over 25 years, of which 23 years were with the British Airways, over a year with the Gulf Air and now with Etihad.


White said following the peak travel period of July to September, the airline will embark on brand building and promotional activities to stimulate the market in the last quarter of the year.


"Firstly, we have to further establish ourselves in the marketplace.


" Eventhough we have been here (Malaysia) for six months, we are still relatively unknown as an airline.


"As such, we will increase our branding and advertising activities, particularly above-the-line advertising and promotion," he said.


Etihad will also work with travel agencies and tour operators in Malaysia to offer various travel packages to Europe, using Abu Dhabi as a transit hub.


White also said Etihad, which only took to the skies in November 2003, is expanding aggressively across the world, with plans to fly to 70 destinations by 2010.


The carrier currently flies to 43 destinations, including KL.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 05:34 AM   #712
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Jet Airways to use larger aircraft on Chennai-KL route
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July 30 2007

INDIA'S international airline Jet Airways (India) Ltd has shelved plans to increase the frequency of its flights from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur and instead will mount a larger aircraft on the route.

The airline had initially planned to increase the number of flights between the two cities from once daily to twice daily, starting August.

"We are reconsidering our plans. We have found that increasing our frequency (to twice daily) may not be economical in terms of fuel utilisation as we would have to operate two B737s to serve the Chennai-Kuala Lumpur sector," Jet Airways country manager for Malaysia, Kavin Martinus, told Business Times via telephone.

"We feel it makes better sense to upgrade the current 140-seat B737-800 used on the sector to the bigger 220-seat A330," he said.

The change will boost seating capacity by 80 seats, or 57 per cent, per day and is expected to happen in January next year.

Jet Airways is currently enjoying an average load factor of 75-80 per cent in the sector.

Martinus said Jet Airways will then redeploy its B737-800 to another route, but declined to elaborate.

In January this year, the airline had expressed interest to start a daily Kuala Lumpur-Mumbai flight beginning November. This plan is likely to be deferred to January next year when the B737-800 becomes available.

Meanwhile, Martinus said Jet Airways has no plans to use the air traffic rights granted by the Malaysian Government to India's privately-owned Air Sahara Ltd to carry traffic between New Delhi and Kuala Lumpur via Singapore.

In April this year, Jet Airways paid US$500 million (RM1.73 billion) in an all-cash deal to buy rival Air Sahara.

"Our head office in India has not given any indication when we will utilise that (Air Sahara) rights as we are already operating to Kuala Lumpur (from Chennai)," said Martinus.

He said Air Sahara has since been renamed Jet Lite and is undergoing a restructuring to become a "low-frill airline, a cross between a full service carrier and a no-frill low-cost carrier".

"We (Jet Airways) are trying to synergise our operations with Jet Lite to support us on both the international and domestic routes. But it is a long process and assimilation will take some time," he added.

Air Sahara first received landing rights in Malaysia in 2005. However, it failed to open flights due to operational difficulties. The entire plan to fly to Malaysia has since been suspended following its merger with Jet Airways.

Its New Delhi-Singapore flight - the airline's only international route - was terminated in July this year as part of the overhaul.
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Self-service check-in starts at KLIA

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SEPANG: Travellers will now have one fewer queue to face, following the introduction of self-service check-in at the KL International Airport (KLIA).

With just their passport, credit card or e-ticket, passengers will be able to check-in at the Common Use Self Service (CUSS) kiosk and get their boarding pass in a little over a minute.

The kiosk, which resembles an automated-teller machine, has a touch screen and is powered by an IBM ThinkPad computer.

Yesterday, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced that it was the first airline at the airport to use the kiosk that would also allow passengers to update their frequent-flyer status.


Easy way: Roslan (second from right) and Ruzinah Jemari (right) using the kiosk to check-in for their flight at KLIA as (from left) Aminuddin and Ng show them how to use the check-in machine at KLIA.

“The kiosk will benefit passengers who do not need to check-in their luggage. However, for those who do have luggage, there will be a dedicated counter for them to drop it off,” KLM Royal Dutch Airlines country manager Estee Ng said.

Malaysia Airports Technologies general manager Aminuddin Yaakob said the CUSS kiosk was different from airline-dedicated kiosks as it would be able to service multiple airlines.

Malaysia Airports Bhd introduced the service as part of a number of initiatives to increase efficiency and provide comfort for passengers.

Aminuddin said at least four more airlines – Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Emirates – would join up to utilise the kiosk by the end of the year.

He said there were now 12 kiosks installed, six at the departure hall four at the Satellite Building transfer desk and two at the Pan Pacific Hotel KLIA.

“We will install 24 more kiosks in the future,” he said, adding that KLIA was the 76th airport in the world to offer the service.

MAS is looking to install the kiosks at airports in Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

“We are doing this to increase efficiency, cut costs and improve the comfort of the passenger,” he said.

Some of the passengers who were the first to use the kiosk were clearly surprised at how quickly they got their boarding passes.

Roslan Omar, 47, who was heading to Jakarta, said the kiosk beat having to queue up and was impressed with how easy it was to use the machine.
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Malaysia plans new terminal for budget carriers
Updated : 09-08-2007


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Malaysia will build a new passenger terminal at Kuala Lumpur's main airport which will boost total capacity about 60 percent to 55 million passengers a year, a government minister said on Thursday.

The terminal, dedicated to budget airlines, will help turn Kuala Lumpur into a major regional hub for budget travellers.

Kuala Lumpur, wedged between two of Asia's largest air hubs -- Singapore and Bangkok -- is struggling to draw full-service airlines to the airport.

Kuala Lumpur's airport is home to fast-growing budget carrier AirAsia Bhd , which is introducing long-haul budget flights next month through a sister company.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said the new terminal, with a capacity of 30 million passengers a year, would replace an existing facility.

He said the existing terminal, which opened just last year, handled about 4.6 million travellers in 2006, nearly half its designed capacity of 10 million.

The new terminal, which will be adjacent to the main terminal, will be ready by 2010, Najib told reporters. He gave no other details.
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PUTRAJAYA: A new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) that can handle up to 30 million passengers per year will be built, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Located within the KL International Airport (KLIA) area and close to the main terminal, the project will take four years to complete.

Najib said the cost and the actual location of the new terminal which will be connected to the main terminal by rail service has not been finalised or identified.

Until this new facility is ready, he said the current LCCT near the KLIA, will be extended and upgraded, including work on the aprons and parking lots.

He said this after chairing the cabinet committee meeting on transport yesterday. Asked as to why a new terminal needed to be built when the current one will be expanded, Najib said it can take only between 10 and 15 million passengers per year, even with the extension.

It is learnt that with the projected pace of growth in low-cost control here and around the world, a bigger and better LCCT was needed.

“An immediate study will be done on the current LCCT’s extension and upgrading works. An allocation will be finalised once the study is completed,” Najib said, adding that the decision was made by the committee yesterday.

He said that once the new LCCT terminal was completed, the old one will be converted for other use. He did not elaborate. He said AirAsia would operate the new LCCT.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, who is also a member of the committee, said the new location “is within KLIA and closer to the main terminal”.

On other matters discussed, Najib said the commitee agreed in principle to build new bus terminals, walkways and park-and-ride system in Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu, Tawau and Sandakan.

He said the Transport Ministry would do a study on this within a month before anything was done.

The committee also approved RM72 million for Sabah to buy locomotives and rolling stock for 30 level crossings.

“(Of the sum) RM57 million will be in the form of an easy loan, and the rest will be a grant,” he said.
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Malaysia to build new low-cost airline terminal
9 August 2007

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia will build a second low-cost airport terminal in three to four years because the existing one is nearing its capacity of 10 million passengers a year, the deputy prime minister said.

The Cabinet committee on public transportation has agreed to the construction of the new terminal as well as the immediate expansion of the present low-cost carrier terminal or LCCT, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said late Thursday.

He said the new terminal, which will be able to handle 30 million passengers a year, will be located closer to the main Kuala Lumpur International Airport than the present LCCT, which caters mostly to budget carrier AirAsia.

The new terminal will be connected to Kuala Lumpur International Airport by an express train, and the old terminal will be converted into a cargo terminal. Plans for the new LCCT will be completed within a month, Najib said.

No other details were provided.
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Cargo plan for low-cost terminal


KUALA LUMPUR: The existing low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) may be converted into a cargo handling area once the new LCCT has been built.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said this would be one of the options when a new LCCT is built in five years.

"One of the options is to convert to cargo handling as the current LCCT is near the cargo area," he said after opening an art exhibition entitled "The Arts of Wong Teng Hee — A 70 Retrospective Exhibition".

On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that the new LCCT could cater to up to 30 million passengers a year.

It would be built close to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and would have rail links.
Chan explained that the current LCCT was always meant to be a temporary structure.

"At that time, we needed an LCCT urgently. We could not afford to wait for four years for a proper terminal to be built. Because of demand, we set this up within eight months in 2005."

He said the existing LCCT was projected to receive 7.5 million passengers this year and expected to reach its maximum capacity of 15 million in three years.

While the new terminal is being constructed, expansion works would be undertaken to ensure the current LCCT could accommodate the increased volume of passengers, he added.

This included improving the feeder bus service between the terminal and the KLIA.
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Chan: LCCT a temporary solution
Monday August 13, 2007


KUALA LUMPUR: The present Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at the KL International Airport (KLIA) was never meant to be a permanent terminal, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said yesterday.

“The present LCCT, we needed it urgently, but it was never meant to be a permanent terminal from day one,” he said when explaining the rationale for the decision to build a new LCCT, which can cater up to 30 million passengers a year, close to the KLIA.

Chan also pointed out the existing RM108mil terminal could not be expanded due to space constraints.

“We need a new permanent LCCT to cater for the needs of the increasing number of budget carrier passengers as the present terminal will reach its 15 million-a-year passenger capacity in two years’ time,” he said after opening the Arts of Wong Teng Hee: A 70 Retrospective Exhibition.

Chan said the existing terminal was already congested with almost 10 million passengers a year since it opened in March last year.

“The new LCCT will have a very big potential when it is completed in four to five years’ time. It will also have room for expansion,” he said.

An industry expert said, the new LCCT project, announced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Thursday, would cost about RM1.7bil.

Asked what would happen to the existing LCCT, which was completed in just eight months, Chan said several options were being considered, including converting it into a cargo terminal. – Bernama
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The Top 10 Airports in the world for 2007 :
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2007	AIRPORT	                                2006
1	Hong Kong Int'l Airport	                2
2	Seoul Incheon Airport	                5
3 	Singapore Changi Airport	        1
4	Munich Airport	                        3
5	Kuala Lumpur Int'l Airport	        6
6	Zurich Airport	                        8
7	Amsterdam Schiphol Airport	        11
8	Vancouver  Int'l Airport	        15
9	Kansai Int'l Airport	                4
10	Madrid Barajas Airport	                22
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