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Old September 23rd, 2007, 12:27 PM   #741
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Malaysia Airports Ready To Host Routes 2008
Updated : 21-09-2007
By : Umi Hani Sharani


STOCKHOLM, Sept 21 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) participation at the 13th World Route Development Forum (Routes 2007) here is more meaningful this year as it will receive the baton to host the forum in Kuala Lumpur next year.

The Routes 2008, slated for Oct 12-14, will be the 14th consecutive forum and the first to be held in Asia.

MAHB has taken one of the largest booths to woo the airlines at the forum, both big and small, to attend Routes 2008.

And with that in mind, the firm that runs the highly-touted Kuala Lumpur International Airport came prepared with a strong contingent.

Among the local participants are Malaysia Tourism Board, Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd, KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Airlines, Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Sepang International Circuit and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, led by the Mayor, Datuk Abdul Hakim Borhan.

MAHB managing director, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, said the company had beat regional rivals to host Routes 2008.

"Although Routes may not be as big as other world conferences, those attending it will be crucial not only for MAHB but also boost Malaysia's tourism industry," he told reporters here Friday.

Basir said MAHB has lined up a lot of plans for the Routes 28 delegates such as sightseeing and the Formula One championship.

"A lot of the European and American airlines have yet to come to Malaysia and we want to encourage them to do so," he said.

He said although Routes has always been European-centric, MAHB hoped that next year's forum would attract a large turnout.

Judging by the preparation and enthusiasm by the Malaysian delegates, Bashir's estimation of 2,800 delegates for Routes 2008 may well come true.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 07:58 AM   #743
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9 firms shortlisted for KLIA retail expansion project
September 24 2007


MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), operator of Malaysia's 39 airports, has shortlisted nine local contractors for expansion of retail space at the KL International Airport's (KLIA) satellite building in Sepang.

It plans to announce the results by November this year.

"The cost of the proposal will be known after receiving documents from the shortlisted companies," MAHB general manager (commercial services) Umar Bustamam told Business Times in an interview.

The expansion, to be funded internally, will see a 30 per cent growth in retail space at the satellite building from the current 6,363 sq m and construction is expected to be completed by the middle of 2009.

It is part of MAHB's retail optimisation plan at KLIA, which aims to provide the most effective retail layout to ensure that passengers are actively spending money at the airport. However, construction was deferred for one year due to Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

"The postponement of the expansion project proves to be a blessing in disguise as it has allowed us to review our earlier design, during which time we visited several other international airports, picked up some good ideas and incorporated them into our design," said Umar.

One of the new features that were added to MAHB's latest design was the introduction of a new icon for the airport - the forest.

"The Jungle Boardwalk will be the first of its kind in the world," said Umar.

There will also be more space on the satellite building's mezzanine floor to accommodate new food and beverage outlets.

Viewing platforms will also be constructed at key locations on the mezzanine floor.

MAHB also plans to revamp the airport's contact pier and main terminal building.

"However, it's not going to be a major change to the layout , but more of relocating some of the outlets and making the area more interesting," he added.

The retail optimisation plan is set against MAHB's target to increase revenue contribution from commercial or non-aeronautical activities to 50 per cent by 2010.

Commercial activities, such as the lease of facilities and equipment, hotels, rentals and service concessions, accounted for 42 per cent of the airport operator's 2006 revenue of RM1.13 billion. - By Kang Siew Li
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British Airways to discuss reinstating flights to Malaysia
Wednesday September 26, 2007


STOCKHOLM: Officials of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and British Airways (BA) will meet in a couple of months to continue discussions on BA reinstating flights to Malaysia.

MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, who met with BA CEO Willie Walsh at the 13th World Route Development Forum here, said: “There is certainly an interest to return but right now, they are looking at figures and forecasts to ensure that when they do operate, the service will be viable and sustainable for the long term.”

“No date (to commence flights) has been fixed as it depends on the viability of the operations and the availability of aircraft,” he said, adding that it was purely a business decision.

“Every time we talk, the picture becomes clearer. We appreciate their willingness to talk to us openly and to share their views on this matter,” he said.

BA was being cautious because it did not want to have to pull out again. “Once they come in, they want to stay,” Bashir said.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 09:09 AM   #745
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MAHB Aims To See 70 Airlines Operating In M'sia In Five Years
September 26, 2007 14:03 PM
From Umi Hani Sharani


STOCKHOLM, Sept 26 (Bernama) - Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) aims to see an increase in the number of airlines to 70 from the current 50 operating in Kuala Lumpur over the next five years, managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said today.

"In two to three years' time, we're looking at an average of four to five airlines coming in yearly," he said.

Noting that benchmarking airlines must also take into account the frequencies of flights, Bashir said five airlines presently operating in Kuala Lumpur have expressed interest to increase their frequencies over the next 12 months.

"Besides Malaysia Airlines, those with the highest frequencies in Kuala Lumpur are Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines," he told reporters on the sidelines of the World Route Development Forum here.

Earlier at the event, Bashir received the baton for Malaysia Airports to be the next host of the forum, better known as Routes, from Kerstin Lindberg Goransson, managing director of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.

At the largest meeting of both airlines and airports, Bashir said Malaysia Airports had met with representatives of 37 airlines, of which 15 are already operating in Malaysia.

He said of the remaining 22 airlines, five of them are charter operators which have expressed interest in coming to Malaysia.

"There is a strong possibility of them coming and a few will look at not only Kuala Lumpur but other gateways in the country as well in 2009," he said.

According to Bashir, Malaysia is seeing an increase in chartered flights, especially from the Middle East during the summer holidays.

"We met with Mahan Air, an Iranian charter operator which will be increasing its frequencies to 10 this year from the current five flights," he said.

Bashir also said that another five non-charter airlines have indicated strong interest to operate in Kuala Lumpur in one and half years' time or possibly earlier.

"Others need to evaluate their proposals first to see the viability of being present in Kuala Lumpur. But we will be keeping touch with them," he said.

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Old September 26th, 2007, 09:13 AM   #746
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Malaysia Elected To Powerful World Aviation Body In Montreal
September 26, 2007 10:05 AM
By Alan Ting


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has been elected to the aviation world's highest body - the International Civil Aviation Organisation or ICAO Council, at the 36th ICAO Assembly in Montreal Tuesday.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, who is heading the country's delegation to the assembly, said Malaysia was deeply honoured in being elected for the first time by 190 contracting states to sit on the powerful council.

Malaysia has been a member of ICAO for the past 50 years but has only now been elected to sit on its council which is instrumental in deciding matters related to world civil aviation.

A global forum for civil aviation, the Montreal-based council deliberates on issues concerning global civil aviation and adopts international standards and recommended practices.

The council, which is a United Nations specialised agency and ICAO's governing body, comprises 36 members who are elected every three years.

"This is the highest achievement for Malaysia. It's very significant for the country since being accepted as an ICAO member 50 years ago," Chan told Bernama by phone from Montreal when conveying the results of the election held just hours ago.

ICAO works to achieve its vision of safe, secure and sustainable development of civil aviation through cooperation among member states.

Among other things, ICAO codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport.

ICAO, whose headquarters is located in the Quartier International of Montreal, also adopts standards and recommended practices concerning air navigation, prevention of unlawful interference, and facilitation of border-crossing procedures for international civil aviation.

ICAO also defines the protocols for air accident investigation followed by transport safety authorities in countries signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, commonly known as the Chicago Convention.

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Old September 27th, 2007, 09:37 AM   #747
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MAHB: More airlines to operate from KLIA
From Hamisah Hamid
September 27 2007


STOCKHOLM: Airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects the number of airlines operating at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang to increase from the current 50 to 70 in the next five years.

Managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said efforts put in by MAHB in the World Route Development Forum (Routes) over the years have borne fruit as most airlines are aware of Malaysian airports, interested to start operation there or are exploring the Malaysian market.

"In the next two to three years, we would see an average of four to five new airlines per year commencing operations in Malaysia.

"Besides large airlines, we also welcome smaller airlines," he told the Malaysian media at the end of the three-day 13th World Route Development Forum (Routes 2007) on Tuesday here.

Bashir said MAHB is not only focusing on the number of airlines, but also to increase flight frequencies which ultimately would mean more business for the company.

Bashir said there are always two considerations by airline route planners when considering particular airports - market (demand) and yield from the market (airfare).

He said out of 30 airlines which MAHB talked to during the 20-minute pre-arranged meetings, 15 are those currently operating at KLIA.

"These 15 airlines spoke of increasing flight frequencies, where four to five of them said that they will increase flight frequency to Kuala Lumpur in the next 12 months," he said.

He said another 22 airlines that are yet to come to Malaysia have expressed keen interest to start operations in the country.

From India, Kingfisher Airlines and budget carrier Air India Express have plans to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Among the airlines interested to start operations in Malaysia are five charter flight operators.

Some of them are considering flying to other parts of Malaysia including Langkawi in 2009.

These charter flights include LTU, Condor and TUL from Germany, Italy's Eurofly and Canada's Zoom.

"We also met Mahan Air from Iran, which will fly to Malaysia in March next year. They plan to increase their current charter aircraft from five to 10," he said.

On British Airways, Bashir said the airline is interested to return to Kuala Lumpur but they are still studying the viability of the operations and availability of the aircraft.

British Airways pulled out from Malaysia at the height of the Asian financial crisis some 10 years ago.
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Booth space for Routes 2008 in KL snapped up
September 27 2007


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STOCKHOLM: ALL exhibition booth space for next year's 14th Route Development Forum (Routes 2008) has been sold out three days after opening.

It comprises 42 large booths and 40 small booths.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) marketing head Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah said booking for the booths was opened on the first day of Routes 2007 on Sunday.

"By the end of the three-day forum, all booth space were sold out," he told the Malaysian press.

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and the City of Stockholm were the host of this year's Routes, while the baton has been passed to MAHB and Kuala Lumpur City Hall to host the event next year.

Routes 2008 will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre between October 12 and 14.

Route Development Group Ltd group sales director Mike Berman said this is the fastest sale of Routes booths so far.

"We never had a response like this. It may probably be due to delegates being happy with the event and MAHB has also included tourism packages," he said.

He said the number of booths in Kuala Lumpur is the biggest among Routes exhibitions held so far.

Berman said for most of the European airlines, this will be their first time in Asia and Malaysia, where they could explore the markets there.

At a news conference to announce Routes 2008, MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said the high expectations on MAHB as a host are justified.

"We want to surpass the expectations," he added.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan said the City Hall is going through the checklist for Routes 2008 such as cleanliness, safety, traffic management system and excitement in the city.

Routes founder and chairman Mike Howarth said issues to be deliberated at next year's Routes Leaders' Forum will be decided next month.

"We will pick current important issues," he said, adding that over 500 chief executive officers of airlines are expected to participate in the high level forum. - By Hamisah Hamid
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IATA: Resolve airport tax issue
By Anna Maria Samsudin
October 6 2007


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THE International Air Transport Association (IATA), a grouping of more than 250 airlines worldwide, said it could take Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to court if Malaysia's move to lower airport departure taxes at its two low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs) was not resolved.

Its director-general and chief executive officer Giovanni Bisignani said, however, that legal action would only be a last resort and that it is focusing on finding a solution to the issue.

"We had a similar case in Europe before this. We brought the company (airport operator) to court and the company lost (the case). In this particular case, we hope to discuss the matter with the authorities here and come up with a satisfactory resolution," he told a media roundtable discussion in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

On June 1, Malaysia reduced airport taxes at the LCCTs in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu to RM25 from RM51 for international departures and to RM6 from RM9 for domestic departures.

Full-service airlines (FSCs) using the main terminals were unhappy over the move, saying it was "unfair and discriminatory" and felt that the lack of transparency in justifying the lower tax rates violated International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) policies on charges.

The Geneva-based IATA, the governing body which regulates international air transport, wants greater transparency on how MAHB was able to reduce its departure tax by up to 51 per cent, said Bisignani.

He said FSCs are questioning why they need to pay more when all airlines, including low-cost carriers, use the same main infrastructure, mainly runway and air traffic control.

"The main difference between the main terminals and the LCCTs is the aerobridge. Aerobridge does not cost that much as airlines only have to pay US$20 (RM68) per docking.

"We don't see the validity that the absence of aerobridge at the LCCT should be the main reason for lower passenger charges," he said.

"We want more transparency here. We don't want airlines and passengers using the main terminals to cross-subsidise those at the LCCTs. These are against the rules and the policy of IATA and ICAO. We want competition to be fair and ICAO rules must be followed," he added.

In July, Bisignani had written to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to call for a level playing field for all airlines operating in Malaysia and that they be given the same incentives.

Bernama reports: Malaysia has agreed to further deliberate with the IATA on the differences in passenger service charges between the main terminal and LCCTs, Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, said yesterday.

Chan said the ministry had a discussion with IATA yesterday evening on a number of issues including the passenger service charge at the LCCTs which was halved to RM25 from RM51.

"We agreed to pursue this issue further through open and frank discussions," he said.
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Airline: KL-Amsterdam passenger load up
By Kang Siew Li
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THE merger between Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which created Europe's largest air carrier in 2004, has driven up passenger traffic on the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur sector.

Air France-KLM country manager for Malaysia, Estee Ng, said the airline has seen an increase in passenger numbers for the first nine months of 2007 but declined to reveal the load factor, citing a policy of not commenting on specific routes.

She also declined to reveal the revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) on the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur sector, saying only that Malaysia is one of the airline's top five markets in Asia.

"What I can say is that Air France-KLM's September passenger load factor for Asia was up by 7.2 percentage points to 89.7 per cent than that in September 2006 on 8.2 per cent higher capacity.

"Meanwhile, load factor for the first nine months of 2007 was 87.8 per cent, in line with last year's performance," she told Business Times in an interview.

Ng attributed the rise to the airline's enlarged choice of connecting opportunities as a result of the merger between Air France and KLM three years ago.

"We have maintained the two companies' brands, hubs (Paris and Amsterdam) and networks. These have enabled us to offer more choices in terms of flight schedules and destinations and a higher capacity to our passengers.

"This kind of offerings will be difficult to match elsewhere," she added.

Air France-KLM, which serves 253 destinations in 113 countries, currently operates daily flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and onwards to Jakarta under the KLM brand.

"We operate a B747-400 mixed passenger/cargo (combi) aircraft, which can seat 278 passengers, for five of our flights and the remaining two flights a B747-400 all-passenger aircraft, which can accommodate 428 passengers," said Ng.

On the possibility of increasing flight frequencies between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, Ng said KLM has no plans at this time.

"Apart from our direct-service operations, we also code-share on Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) daily flights between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur.

Since March this year, KLM passengers on flights between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur are also able to book under KLM flight numbers connecting domestic services operated by MAS between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu.

"This (code-share) is an ideal arrangement because by working together we (KLM and MAS) can offer our customers more choices and flexible schedules," she said.

Meanwhile, Ng said KLM is holding its own on the Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta sector despite increasing competition from low-cost carriers (LCCs), namely Indonesia AirAsia.

"We do not benchmark ourselves against the LCCs because a customer that expects low-cost air travel will never look at us anyway," she said.

She also commended the Malaysian Government's support of the aviation industry.

"Incentives such as the five-year waiver on parking and landing fees for new carriers and airlines which increased their frequencies promote an investor-friendly environment. It also helps that Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd continues to participate in international events like the World Route Development Forum to promote the KL International Airport in Sepang as a hub," she added.
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Hong Kong Express to fly into KLIA next month
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FULL-SERVICE airline Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd (HKE) is expected to start its maiden flight into Kuala Lumpur next month.

The airline, which predominantly serves cities in mainland China and Asia, will start operations on November 11 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.

The company's website reveals that it already flies to nine destinations including Hong Kong. It plans to fly to Yangon, Bangkok and Jakarta in the near future.

The company's general sales agent in Malaysia revealed that HKE will fly daily from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong. The flights are scheduled for 7.45pm.

The promotional fare for a 14-day return ticket, for a minimum stay of three nights, is RM655 inclusive of all taxes.

Information on HKE's website reveal that it started in 2004 with an investment of US$100 million (RM337 million).

It began to fly to popular cities in mainland China using Embraer 170 aircraft.

This year it took delivery of the first of five Boeing 737s it ordered.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Etihad Airways, United Arab Emirates’ national airline, has carried more than 93,000 passengers for the Kuala Lumpur-Abu Dhabi route in the first nine months since it began operations here.

In the three months to September alone, the airline has flown more than 43,000 passengers on this route, with an average seat factor of 74%. This was due to increase in tourists from the Middle East during the peak travel season.

The airline aims to carry in excess of 124,000 passengers for the KL-Abu Dhabi route by year-end.
Speaking to reporters at its new office in Menara Standard Chartered here yesterday, Etihad Airways Malaysia country manager Lindsay White said the airline’s revised winter schedule would boost passenger figures locally.

The revised winter schedule, which started on Oct 28, reduces transit time in Abu Dhabi for Europe-bound passengers to less than three hours. This translates into much shorter flight connectivity, which helps to lure more passengers.

Passengers flying the KL-Abu Dhabi route accounts for 3% of Etihad Airways’ total number of passengers in its entire network.

Concerning new routes, White said the airline is currently looking to fly into either Beijing or Shanghai early next year. However, the addition of the number of new routes next year may not exceed nine as achieved this year.

Etihad Airways is launching this month a promotional fare of RM1,950 to selected European destinations, such as London, Geneva, Munich, Frankfurt and Milan.

The airline also plans to introduce web check-in, which allows passengers to choose their seats and print their boarding passes from its website.
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Jetstar sees KL as possible Asian hub
by Sharon Tan
11-09-2007:The Edge


KUALA LUMPUR: Low-cost carrier Jetstar may use Malaysia as its Asian hub when it flies to south Europe in the near future following its inaugural flight to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Sunday.

Jetstar chief executive officer Alan Joyce said the carrier was now in talks with airport authorities in Europe, but a decision on its flights to that continent would not be made until the end of next year.

“There are a lot of opportunities for us here in KL,” he said on the possibility of Malaysia being used as its Asian hub.

Last Sunday, Jetstar’s inaugural Sydney-Kuala Lumpur flight landed at KLIA, Qantas’ first scheduled flight from Australia since 1998, with 260 passengers. The return flight to Sydney had 160 passengers. Jetstar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas.

Joyce said Jetstar hoped to increase the Sydney-KL flight frequency to daily from three times weekly since there was no restriction for it to fly the route.

He said a particular constraint it was facing was the shortage of aircraft, which would be resolved by August next year when it took delivery of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners (B787-8) over a period of 15 months for its long-haul fleet.

“We won’t have any extra aircraft arriving until August 2008, so some time during that period and depending on the performance of the market, we could be going into daily operations,” said Joyce, adding that Jetstar was also looking at the Melbourne-Kuala Lumpur route.

Joyce said Jetstar was the fastest growing international carrier and it was also looking at new destinations such as Taiwan, Korea, India, China, southern Europe and North America.

Asked on Malaysian low-cost carrier Air Asia X’s upcoming flight to Australia, Joyce said the airlines were competing on different routes and different markets.

“We also want to point out that Air Asia X’s long-haul product is very different from our product. People should be aware of that,” he added.

On its Asian expansion plans, Joyce said it was working to align the products and operations of Jetstar Asia and Pacific Airlines, which are based in Singapore and Vietnam, respectively.

“Those two are a start of our intra-Asia plan. Jetstar Asia has been making money and has improved significantly over the last year.

“Once we have established and got them completely aligned, then we will look further for opportunities in the region,” he added.
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KLIA Awards & Recognitions 2007
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- 5th Airport of the Year 2007
- Best Immigration Service Awards 2007

The Brand Laureate
KLIA was awarded "The Brand Laureate", the Grammy Awards for branding for Best Brands Transportation Airport 2006-2007.
- Best Brands Transportation Airport 2006–2007

Trade Leaders' Club
KLIA has been chosen as 'The Most Outstanding Establishment in the Tourist, Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Field for the year 2007' by the Trade Leaders' Club, Madrid
- The Most Outstanding Establishment in the Tourist, Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Field

Airports Council International
- World Third Best Airport
- Asia Pacific Third Best Airport
- World Best Airport 15–25 million Passengers Category
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