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Old November 7th, 2008, 01:51 AM   #181
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MAHB predicts lower passenger traffic
By Roziana Hamsawi
Published: 2008/11/07

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (5014) (MAHB) expects less passengers using its airports next year as the economic slowdown take its toll on air travellers.

Senior general manager operation services Datuk Azmi Murad said the airport operator is targeting a lower growth in total passenger traffic to four per cent in 2009 from 4.5 per cent this year.

MAHB, operator of the country's 39 airports had recently reduced its initial target of five per cent growth in passenger volume at two airports this year, namely the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal Airport (LCCT).

"Up until September, the two airports have registered 20.5 million passengers, slightly better than the five per cent growth registered in the same period last year," Azmi said.
Speaking to reporters after a ceremony at KLIA to welcome the arrival of Bangladeshi's private airline Best Air, he said 27.5 million passengers are expected to use KLIA and LCCT by the end of this year, the bulk of them low-cost carrier passengers.

He said AirAsiaX's plan to fly to London and its recently launched destinations, namely Perth and Melbourne, are expected to still boost passenger volume in 2009.

Meanwhile, Best Air is the fifth new airlines flying into Kuala Lumpur this year, taking the total number of airlines servicing KL to 55.

The other four new airlines were Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia, SilkAir and Air Niugini.

"Best Air, which first flew into KLIA on October 1 is operating five flights weekly on Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur and vice versa route. Its chairman Haider Uzzaman said the company is interested to increase the number of flights by another two once authorities from both countries give their approvals.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #183
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Several Airlines Keen To Operate Direct Flights To Kuala Terengganu - MB
November 05, 2008 18:59 PM

KUALA TERENGGANU, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- Several airlines have shown interest in operating direct flight to Kuala Terengganu, said Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said.

"We plan to make Sultan Mahmud Airport, Kuala Terengganu as the main gateway for foreign tourists to the east coast," he told reporters after chairing the State Executive Council meeting here Wednesday.

Ahmad said to encourage tourism, the state government would pick up the RM50 airport tax imposed on each passenger on direct flights from abroad as had been done by Sabah and Sarawak.

The strategic location of Kuala Terengganu airport that was situated not far from China, Korea, Japan and Thailand made it attractive to several foreign airlines.

He said the state government had discussed with several airlines including low-cost carrier Air Asia on the possibility of operating direct services to Kuala Terengganu.

The menteri besar also said starting January, budget airline Fire Fly would operate four weekly flights from Kertih to Subang.

The service would benefit people in Kemaman and Dungun, particularly oil rig workers who commute regularly between Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur.

He said Fire Fly aircraft would not face difficulty during landing as Kertih airport was in better shape than that of Kuala Terengganu airport previously.

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Old November 9th, 2008, 05:30 AM   #184
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Firefly to launch Kerteh service next year
Saturday November 8, 2008 TheStar

KUALA TERENGGANU: Domestic airline Firefly Sdn Bhd is expanding its wings with a new route serving passengers in Kerteh, Terengganu, from next year.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said that four weekly flights would land at Kerteh airport, apart from Firefly’s current route to Kuala Terengganu.

The flights, he said, would enable passengers to commute between Kerteh and Subang Airport in Selangor.

“The service will be a boon for Kemaman folk, especially those in the petroleum industry who can now fly directly to Kuala Lumpur.

“Passengers from towns in Kemaman can save the hassle of driving to the Kuala Terengganu or Kuantan airports,” he said after chairing the weekly exco meeting here.

Ahmad said that facilities at Kerteh airport were adequate to accommodate requirements for domestic flights.

“Kerteh airport was much better than Kuala Terengganu airport until it was upgraded last year,” he said.

Ahmad said the state was willing to absorb the airport tax for international flights landing directly at Sultan Mahmud Airport.

He said this would help the state promote tourism.

Ahmad said the state would hold talks with related aviation companies on the matter tomorrow.

He added some cargo handlers, especially those in the oil and gas industries, were keen to use the airport as a hub, and the state was considering their proposals.
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MAHB flying high
Monday November 10, 2008 TheStar

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has had about 200 additional weekly flights since early this year.

The flights are from 12 airlines with more than 55 routes.

In a statement, MAHB said it was a significant achievement given the current economic climate and the impact of high oil prices on the world’s airlines. Seven more destinations were expected to start before the year’s end, it said.

AirAsia will continue its network expansion from Kuala Lumpur to Australia with services to Melbourne and Perth in November and to Hangzhou and Tiruchirapally.

Air Niugini, a new carrier to Kuala Lumpur, plans to start new services to Papua New Guinea, the statement said.

At the KL International Airport, Malaysia Airlines has started flying to Karachi and Yogyakarta while AirAsia has launched flights to Guangzhou, Yogyakarta, Singapore, Ho Chih Minh City, Hong Kong, Haikou, Guilin, Batam and Pekanbaru.
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Old November 11th, 2008, 07:38 AM   #187
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That is new sports complex located just next to the airport as well as Sepang International F1 Circuit which located just next to KLIA!

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Old November 11th, 2008, 07:39 AM   #188
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Proposed terminal needed to replace Sepang as it reaches full capacity
Tuesday November 11, 2008 By SARBAN SINGH TheStar

SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan government has proposed that an airport be built to replace the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the state had held talks with Sime Darby Group and AirAsia over the matter.

“We are all agreeable that we need a new airport to replace the LCCT,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

A working paper had been submitted to the Transport Ministry.

Mohamad said although the authorities had in principle agreed to the proposal, a comprehensive paper would be tabled to the Cabinet for final approval.

The construction of the new airport, on a 2,800ha area at the state’s central corridor in Labu, would be financed by the private sector, he said.

“AirAsia is already facing some difficulties at the LCCT as its volume of passengers has almost reached full capacity. This way, Negri Sembilan will also have an airport of its own,” he said.

The three parties hoped to start talks with Malaysia Airports Bhd soon.

Sime Darby owns the land where the proposed airport would be built.

Mohamad said the state came up with the idea after the Federal Government rejected a request from AirAsia to move its operations to the old aiport in Subang.

Asked if it was viable for the state, Sime Darby Group and AirAsia to proceed with the project amid the uncertain economic outlook, Mohamad said it was a good time to do so as construction costs would be low.

Mohamad said that with the completion of the dual-track rail project between Seremban and Gemas by 2012, more people would relocate to the southern part of the state and the demand for air travel would also increase.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 10:05 AM   #189
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Complaints on MAS for cabinet meeting


Complaints about Malaysia Airlines' services have been brought to the attention of the Economic Council at its recent meeting.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said yesterday said she would raise the matter at the cabinet meeting.

The grouses included reduced flight frequencies to London and quality of service, Azalina said after the launch of the Tourism Ministry's booth at the World Travel Market Trade exhibition here.

"They (Malaysia Airlines) may be trying to raise profits, but they are a government-linked company. They must balance the issue of direct profitability with the effects on the country's tourism industry."

Azalina said instead of cutting down on international flight frequencies and service levels, MAS should increase them.

She said the move by MAS to reduce flight frequencies only benefited neighbouring countries' airlines.

"Singapore Airlines has increased the frequency of flights to London. MAS' fares are also quite high and the service is not very good.

"I have received complaints that in the economy class, the seats sometimes cannot be reclined. They should look at profit-making from a wider context."

Azalina said members of the Economic Council, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, were concerned with the issues raised about the national carrier.

Another problem, she said, was the lack of direct international flights to airports in Penang and Langkawi.

"We spent millions to build international airports in Penang and Langkawi, but Malaysia Airlines is not utilising them. That is not good."

On the exhibition, she said with the current global economic downturn, Tourism Malaysia was trying to reach out to budget travellers.

"This is where Firefly and AirAsia play an important role. Our tourist arrivals have increased although not by a big margin. We can still attract travellers despite the lacklustre global economy.

"I am happy to note the increase in long-haul travellers from abroad."

Azalina also said that in the first 10 months of this year, there were 303,569 tourist arrivals from Britain, a 36.1 per cent increase for the same period last year.

Each tourist spent an average of RM3,510 and 9.6 days in Malaysia, Azalina said.
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Old November 14th, 2008, 07:25 AM   #190
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Firefly stopover service a big hit
Friday November 14, 2008 By CHOI TUCK WO TheStar

LONDON: Firefly is tapping the international stopover market by offering its much-touted “low-fare and incredible value” offer for long-haul travellers.

More than 20 international travel firms have registered with the airline to act as agents to provide stopovers in Malaysia.

Marketing and communications head Angelina Fernandez said the stopovers could allow the passengers to take the airline’s direct connecting flights to other domestic destinations or to Thailand and Indonesia.

She said they were overwhelmed by the response from travel agents from countries such as Britain, the United States, Sweden, Germany, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and India.

“One agent from the Maldives even pledged to bring the first batch of travellers for stopovers in Subang and Penang next week,” she said at the four-day World Travel Market at Excel London which ends today.

Angelina said they had provided a new venue for travel agents who faced connecting problems domestically such as high costs, long travelling time and distance.

She also said agents were surprised with Firefly’s 20kg baggage allowance for domestic flights, compared with the usual 10kg or 15kg.

The airline also provided assigned seating and complimentary in-flight refreshments and snacks which were a welcome change for an airline offering low fares.

“We’re not a low-budget airline but we offer low fares at extremely incredible value.” Angelina said most agents requested for popular diving destinations such Redang, Perhentian, Penang, Bandar Aceh, Koh Samui, Phuket and Johor Baru.

She said they also offered competitive pricing where long-haul travellers could fly to any destination within Malaysia for as low as £10 (RM60).

From there, they could take connecting flights to Langkawi or Koh Samui for a few days, before flying to Terengganu or Medan.
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Airfares to KL in freefall

Sun, Nov 16, 2008
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By Ven Sreenivasan

THE Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route, monopolised for so long by the national carriers of the two countries which routinely charged return fares in excess of $400, is opening up with some aggressive promotions. Travellers are spoilt for choice.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has become the first to throw down the gauntlet, with its 'One Price, All Seats, All Flights' online promotion offering one-way, economy-class fare on its flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur for $89 nett.

MAS also dropped its fares for flights from Singapore to Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, offering similar $89 nett one-way, economy-class fares to these destinations. This represents a reduction of up to 78 per cent of the lowest normal online fares on these routes.

The move comes ahead of the liberalisation of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route from Dec 1, and services between Singapore and East Malaysia, which starts next week. Not to be outdone, Tiger Airways has charged into the battle with one-way fares between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur at $29 (RM69), all inclusive. AirAsia and Jetstar Asia have also launched a slew of additional services, beginning next month, between the two major cities. And flights between Singapore and the East Malaysian towns of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu begin next week.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir have launched promotional return fares to Kuala Lumpur at $293 nett, and to Penang at $313 nett. While these may still appear to be on the high side, they are a sharp markdown to what SIA, a premier airline, used to charge in the days when it monopolised the route along with MAS.

Meanwhile, Jetstar Asia's CEO Chong Phit Lian said that her airline had already been cutting fares on the route for several weeks.

'Yes, we have already started cutting fares to KL with everyday low fares,' she informed. 'But next week, we will embark on even more aggressive fare reductions on our website.'

AirAsia has been trying to out-manoeuvre its rivals by scrapping fuel surcharges (a move which will lop off $20 from ticket prices) in an effort to try to lure passengers.

In addition, the budget carriers are also offering several tens of thousands of 'free tickets' during the month of December to commemorate the further liberalisation of routes between Singapore and the Malaysian destinations.

All this comes after Malaysia and Singapore decided to fast-track their air connectivity by liberalising routes between Changi and several Malaysian destinations. This has resulted in a scramble by both legacy carriers and low-cost carriers to launch more flights and compete more aggressively for passengers.

In about three weeks, flights between the Republic and Kuala Lumpur are set to double to 29 daily as AirAsia, SilkAir, Jetstar Asia and Tiger battle it out against incumbents Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Interestingly, the fare battle comes as the global aviation industry - including Asia-Pacific carriers - is wrestling with the impact of a widening global economic slowdown.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA) noted that passenger and cargo demand had already fallen dramatically in recent months, with expectations of a further deterioration during the first half of 2009.

'Oil prices are likely to remain subdued given continuing weak economic conditions,' AAPA said. 'This should enable carriers to keep fares competitive and help maintain travel demand at a time of diminished consumer confidence.'

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Old November 16th, 2008, 11:26 PM   #192
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MasKargo prepared to offer better deals
Monday November 10, 2008
By SHARIDAN M. ALI



International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (second
from left) at the launch of the forum. With him from left are: MasKargo senior
manager for corporate affairs Rosli Md Yasin, chairman Datuk M Sadasivan,
TIACA chairman Jack Boisen and Yunus Idris


MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) is ready to negotiate competitive rates with prospective importers who want to fly goods out of Australia due to the current low load factor.

According to the Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) cargo arm, capacity exceeded demand for shipment out of Australia especially since export of perishable items has reduced due to the drought that had plagued the country over the past three years.

This is contrary to the robust demand for shipment into Australia, the strongest market for MASkargo.

Currently, Australia is importing a lot of goods from China and Europe via Kuala Lumpur, which serves as a transhipment hub. Consolidation of goods from other Asean countries to Australia is also done in Kuala Lumpur.

MASkargo general manager for business development and sales Mohd Yunus Idris said those who wanted to import goods from Australia on a regular basis could discuss with MASkargo for more competitive airfreight rates.

“We have four weekly flights to Australia via our freighter and daily flights via passenger aircrafts,” he told StarBiz at the 24th International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition 2008 (ACF2008) last week.

He said the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) could also be the transhipment hub for Australian goods to be flown to other countries via MASkargo’s new Airbus 300-600 freighter which flies the Asian routes.

The freighter’s weekly schedule includes flights to Dhaka, Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, Madras, Guangzhou, Taipei and Kota Kinabalu.

“In addition, we also have our passenger flights’ cargo belly capacity. These flights are well connected to all Asian countries,” Mohd Yunus said.

MASkargo too has not been spared from the sluggish trade that has affected the majority of international commercial transportation companies and admits it has already felt the pinch.

MASkargo managing director Shahari Sulaiman said there has been a 5% reduction in volume to-date in the second half of the year.

“Due to the good performance in the first half of the year, our total volume to date is 3% higher against the same period last year. By year end, we expect the growth to be flat,” he said.

Shahari anticipates revenue to rise slightly higher to about RM2.8bil this year from the RM2.7bil last year.

“This is because of higher fuel surcharge experience in the middle of the year,” he said.

On whether MASkargo is reducing its capacity in line with the recent MAS announcement on the matter, Shahari said, they had marginally reduced their capacity as well.

“Basically, we have to protect our bottomline from eroding rather than fight for a higher market share,” he said.

Mohd Yunus said lower crude oil price had reduced their operating cost significantly.

“Jet fuel and airplane lease now accounts for about 55% of our operating cost against 70% when crude oil was at its record high of about US$147 per barrel in July,” he said, adding that the current oil price was still 30% higher than two years ago.

Mohd Yunus said he was more concerned on the global financial crisis, which is crimping demand.

“When oil price was at its highest, we faced competition from other modes of transportation especially shipping.

“But, now as capacity exceeds supply in the marketplace, everybody is talking about price cutting. This is the pressing issue that we are looking at now,” he said.

Mohd Yunus said MASkargo was going back to basics to prepare itself to face the challenge.

“We are monitoring our operating cost and retention of revenue over operations. We are also optimising our flight operations,” he said.

Citing an example, he said, if the operational cost of the China-Europe flight was higher via Malaysia and Dubai, a more cost effective alternative stopover via Tashkent was available.

“Reducing flying time is vital as the operational cost of flying a freighter now is about US$18,000 per hour. We are also very cautious on expansion and exploring new markets at this point in time,” he said.

The ACF2008 hosted by MASkargo was a success. There were more than 4,000 participants with an excess of 200 exhibitors comprising 70 airlines, freight forwarders, customs brokers, shipping companies, and logistics providers that attended the three-day event.

Malaysia is the first Asean country and the second in Asia after Hong Kong, to host the prestigious event organised by the International Air Cargo Association.
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Tiger starts flying to Kuching Thursday
Published: 2008/11/17 BusinessTimes

TIGER Airways Pte Ltd, a budget carrier 49 per cent-owned by Singapore Airlines Ltd, will start daily flights between Singapore and Kuching on Thursday.

This will be followed by daily flights between Singapore and Kota Kinabalu starting March 1 2009.

With the new services, Tiger Airways will be operating 14 flights a week between Singapore and Sabah and Sarawak.

To celebrate the new routes, it is offering 15,000 seats for S$0.01 (RM0.024), excluding taxes and charges, each way for travel between Singapore and Kuching from November 20 to October 5 2009.

It is also offering 8,000 seats from S$86.99 (RM207), including taxes and charges, for one-way travel between Singapore and Kota Kinabalu from March 20 to October 29 2009.
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Airbus Freighter says smaller is better
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2008/11/17 BusinessTimes



WHILE rivals such as Boeing Co forecast a shift in demand to large freighter planes, Airbus is going against the norm by investing in the development of mid-sized and smaller-range freighters.

"Common wisdom in air freight is that larger planes make economies of scale, but is this what the market wants?," Airbus Freighter Aircraft head of marketing Didier Lenormand told Business Times on the sidelines of the World Air Cargo Forum held in Kuala Lumpur recently.

He said that with the slowdown in the world economy, clients are looking for smaller cargo planes to cater to reduced cargo.

"A larger aircraft has limited frequencies, and in an increasingly challenging market driven by frequencies, the demand will be for more smaller freighters which can handle more frequencies, with the right cost structure," Lenormand said.

He said more frequent services translates to better services, increased market presence and market share, as well as better yield for their clients.

"Because of the current economic situation, we believe that this (the A330-200 Freighter) aircraft is the right one for the (air cargo) market," Lenormand said.

Airbus has been in the midsize conversion market for the last 10 to 15 years. Early 2010, will see the aircraft manufacturer moving into new build freighters with the A330-200F.

Airbus' A330-200F programme has 80 firm orders so far, mainly from the European and American carriers.

The A330-200F is aimed at replacing the aging 50 to 70-tonne capacity aircraft such as the older DCbFs and the aging DC10Fs, that so far have no credible replacement.

The Airbus Global Market Forecasts demand for over 400 freighters in the 60+ tonne category during the next 20 years.

Lenormand said Airbus is also looking at converting passenger aircraft to freighters for small payloads of less than 30 tonnes.

The first plane is expected to be converted in 2012.
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Kuching International Airport

Kuching International Airport (KIA) (IATA: KCH, ICAO: WBGG) is Sarawak's main international airport and is situated 11 km (6NM) south of the city of Kuching. The airport is also an airbase for the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the newly renovated terminal complex is capable of handling 5 million passengers per annum and it is the third largest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. KIA has grown rapidly with an increasing number of passengers and aircraft movement. In the year of 2006, KIA handled 3,196,352 passengers with a corresponding volume of 40,292 flights. In the same year, 29,716 metric tonnes of cargo were handled. Kuching International Airport is the secondary hub for Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia and has been growing rapidly to tackle the demand of the travellers in the East Malaysia region.

History
The airport was built by the British Government of Sarawak in the 1940’s on the outskirt of Kuching town. It was opened for used on 26th September 1950. The airport consisted of a small “L” shaped single storey Terminal, Cargo, Fire Station. Air Traffic Control Tower, Meteorological Service and Maintenance building clustered in one area, a small apron of 4 parking bays and 1372 meter long with 46 meter width of a single runway. Navigational (Direction Finding Equipment) and Radio Aids were installed at the airport.

Kuching International Airport then became the gateway to Sarawak, Brunei and North Borneo (Sabah as it is called today) with the introduction of once weekly Dakota services originated from Singapore. By the end of 1954, scheduled air services into Kuching International Airport grew by leaps and bounds. This was depicted in the 1954 statistics which recorded 1550 aircraft movements, 13,564 passengers, 95,911 kilogram cargo and 25,984 mails.


Kuching International Airport at NightIn 1959 the runway was extended to 1555 meter length to make way for Viscount aircraft operations.

Followed by another expansion in 1962, make it 1921 meter length to accommodate Comet 4 operations. The terminal was also enlarged in the same year. A Control Zone was established at Kuching in November as apart of the plan to provide an Air Traffic Control Service commensurate with the growth of air traffic. Malayan Airways Limited operates the Singapore / British Borneo Territories Regional Services with Viscount and DC3 aircraft, daily schedules link Kuching and Sibu with Singapore on the other side, and Brunei and Borneo on the other.

In 1971 the Malaysian Government (as Sarawak joined the Federation of Malaysia on 16th November 1963) engaged a team of Canadian Consultants to make Master Plan study of Kuching International Airport.

In Decembers 1972, the government accepted the Consultant’s report. Among the recommendations were:

The extension and strengthening of existing runway to take bigger jet aircraft. E.g. Boeing 707.
The construction of a new terminal building on the north site of the runway.
Work on the extension and strengthening of the runway was started in 1973 and was completed in 1976 ready to take Boeing 707 with the new runway measured of 2454 meter length.

In 1980, consistent with the advent of Airbus 300 operations it was imperative the runway pavement strength be upgrade to meet Airbus 300 requirement. Work on this began and completed in early 1982.

Construction of the terminal complex at the north site took a center stage at the end of 1978 and was completed in July 1983. This modern terminal replaced the previous terminal, was opened on 24th August 1983. The terminal complex covering a built-up area of 81 hectares with a floor space of 13,000 square meter, comprised the three-storey passenger terminal flanked by a neatly planned buildings of Air Traffic Control Tower and Operation Block, Cargo Building, Fire Station, Maintenance Building, VIP Building and ancillary services building.

As in 1999, two airlines companies from two neighboring countries operate schedule services into Kuching International Airport besides three of Malaysia own airlines companies and as many of 8 private general aviation companies. Irregular charted flights are also operating by two foreign airlines into the airport.

The millennium takes another rapid development in aviation world. As a result, the new terminal with a new face was renovated and extended replacing the old shape. The new terminal complex was opened on Monday 16th January 2006 by Yang Amat Berhormat Pehin Sri Dr. Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud (Chief Minister of Sarawak) and Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Chan Kong Choy (Minister of Transport Malaysia). The full work on the terminal completed in April 2006. Consisting of 9 bays (3 bay for B747 & A380 widebody aircraft), and 4 remote bays (for turboprop aircraft). Plus 3 new bays at the General Aviation Apron.

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Guys. The TGG Airport. When the 747 arrives it turns into ''Kuala Terengganu Sultan Mahmud International Airport''. Theres a proove on youtube.
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Tiger Airways launches Flights to Kuching
Friday, 21 November 2008

Tiger Airways has launched flights between Singapore and Kuching in East Malaysia.

Flights to Kuching will depart Singapore at 14:35 arriving in Kuching at 15:55. Flights from Kuching will depart at 16:25 arriving in Singapore at 17:45.

Rosalynn Tay, Managing Director of Tiger Airways Singapore said, “Tiger Airways is delighted to finally have the opportunity to provide true low fare travel to East Malaysia. The introduction low, low fares by Tiger Airways will provide an important economic booster to trade and tourism between the two cities and stimulate further economic growth. Now friends and relatives from both cities have more access to their loved ones with our low fare flights offered.”

Dato’ Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports added, “I strongly believe this service will be a fruitful route for Tiger Airways, and Kuching will benefit in terms of passenger movements and tourism.”
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Tiger Airways to boost tourism in Sarawak
Saturday November 22, 2008 TheStar

KUCHING: Sarawak expects a 30% increase in arrivals from Singapore following a fourth airline servicing the Singapore-Kuching route.

State Tourism and Urban Development Minister Datuk Michael Manyin said if the state could tap 3% of the seven million tourists from Europe, Japan, South Korea and Australia visiting Singapore annually, it would help boost its tourism industry.

He was speaking to reporters after welcoming 177 passengers on board the Tiger Airways inaugural flight that landed at the Kuching International Airport on Thursday afternoon.

The other airlines providing the Singapore-Kuching direct service are Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and SilkAir.

Last year, Sarawak recorded some 33,000 visitors from the republic.

Sarawak Tourism Board chief executive officer Gracie Geikie urged local hoteliers to offer special rates to visitors from Singapore to reciprociate what their counterparts had done for visitors from Sarawak.

She said the state has about 5,500 hotel rooms of three-star status and above.

Geikie said 3,000 more rooms would be ready in the next two years with the completion of several new hotels here.
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Malaysian airports pessimistic on next year's passenger handling
2008/11/24 Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, MON:

Recording a four percent increase in passenger handling this year, Malaysian airports continue to be pessimistic of next year’s forecast in view of the global economic downturn.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, in acknowledging this, said passengers passing through the nation’s airports will depend on Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

According to him, this year’s growth came during the first eight months of 2008 but the last quarter is expected to be severely dented by the prevailing economic conditions.

“This (economic downturn) is the overall scenario that we should have in mind. We know at this juncture, this is primarily due to the economic downturn globally,” Ong said.

“However, it shouldn’t be construed merely on the total number of passangers that we are going to have but also on future economic conditions,” he said during a press conference after launching the 45th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation Asia and Asia Pacific Regions.
Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines’ senior general manager of sales Datuk Bernard Francis told a local daily that the airline would not scrap routes in the current economic slowdown but would make seasonal adjustments to its capacity.

Ong said that Malaysia would be working closely with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to be the pioneer state for the secure freight programme for air cargo security.

“This will be part of our efforts to enhance aviation security. We are in consultations with Australia on air security officers to be placed on aircraft,” he said.

“We are also consulting with the European Commission to facilitate international passangers bringing liquid, aerosol and gels from Malaysia transiting in European countries,” he added during his opening speech.

Touching on environmental concerns within the aviation industry, Ong said Malaysia would also continue to actively monitor and initiate further environment-friendly initiatives, measures and programmes and consult the industry to reduce the impact of aviation emissions.

“Among the measures planned is the introduction of the Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) concept,” he said.

“We are in discussions with the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines Pilots Association to implement CDA trials at Kuala Lumpur International Airport,” he added.
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