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Old February 14th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #301
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Analysts positive on MAHB revamp
Published: 2009/02/14

ANALYSTS have given the thumbs up for Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) (5014) long-awaited restructuring plans.

They said the announcement on Thursday would have a positive impact on the airport operator's bottomline and recommended investors buy the stock.

"MAHB could become the darling of investors if it executes the announced details of its operational and financial restructuring well," Maybank Investment Bank said in its research note.

It raised its 2009 and 2010 net profit forecasts for MAHB by 26 per cent to RM387.4 million and 37 per cent to RM497.9 million respectively.

"This is due to lifting of certain socio-economic weights off the company. For instance, monies from its passenger service charges (PSC) previously diverted to other projects like the Express Rail Link will be returned to MAHB, and this alone could result in an additional RM60 million pre-tax profit in 2009," Maybank said.

Under the restructuring plan, MAHB will now pay the government on a revenue-sharing mechanism.

All revenue by MAHB and its local subsidiary except interest income would be shared with the government at the initial rate of 8.3 per cent and subject to a 0.25 per cent increase yearly.

Meanwhile, OSK Research Sdn Bhd said the positive impact to the company's earnings per share is 2.1 sen for financial year 2009 (FY09) and three sen for financial year 2010.

Since the company intends to continue with its 50 per cent payout ratio for its dividend policy, OSK said this will attract investors looking for a defensive dividend stock.

"For the time being, we are projecting a reasonable dividend yield of above 5 per cent for the next three years," it said.

OSK also added that MAHB will not have difficulty to pay the government RM508 million in cash under its restructuring exercise as it had some total cash of RM749.4 million as at September 30 2008.

OSK's target price for MAHB is RM2.88 while Maybank Investment set it at RM4, which is 11 times its 2010 earnings per share.

Kenanga Research also revised its target price up to RM3.35 from RM2.86, due to a 19 per cent revision in earnings per share from 32 sen to 38 sen assuming the new PSC but no increase in landing charges.

MAHB shares closed 8 per cent higher at RM2.26 yesterday, after the stock was suspended on Thursday pending its restructuring announcement.
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MAHB has RM1b facilities for LCCT project
13-02-2009: by Doreen Leong
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SERI KEMBANGAN: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is able to draw down from its existing RM1 billion facilities secured from a local bank that it could use to fund the construction of the permanent low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at KLIA.

Its senior general manager Faizal Mansor said the RM508 million cash to be paid to the government from its internal funds would not have a negative impact on the company as it had the available facilities to tap into.

Under MAHB’s financial restructuring plan, it is required to pay the government the cash amount immediately upon execution of the agreements. For the nine months ended Sept 30, 2008, MAHB’s cash and cash equivalent stood at RM749.38 million.

Speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony to conclude the approved restructuring plan here yesterday, MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said it would be able to undertake the development of the new LCCT using its own funds.

He said the commercial viability of the new LCCT at KLIA would be premised on cost minimisation, riding on existing infrastructure, its extensive operational experience as an airport operator and network multiplier effect due to connectivity with the existing main terminal.

However, Bashir declined to provide the estimated cost for the new LCCT but it is believed to range between RM1.3 billion and RM1.6 billion, depending on the facilities and size of the new terminal.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said discussions between MAHB and budget carrier AirAsia Bhd to iron out matters pertaining to the new LCCT were ongoing.

“Talks are still in progress. The government is not involved in the discussions. They have to sort out among themselves. There should be synergies between both parties,” he added.

The government turned down AirAsia’s and Sime Darby Bhd’s proposal to build a RM1.6 billion airport in Labu, Negeri Sembilan and directed MAHB to build the new LCCT at KLIA, in close consultations with AirAsia.
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Sultan Abdul Halim Airport (IATA: AOR, ICAO: WMKA) is an airport that serves Alor Star, a city in the state of Kedah in Malaysia.

The airport, located 13 km away from town, can handle up to 800,000 ppa. The new terminal is already operational by 5 May 2006 to cater for future traffic growth. The new terminal has the capacity to receive the Airbus 330 operations as the runway was extended from the previous 1,963 meters long and 45 meters wide to 2,745 meters long and 45 meters wide. In 2005, the airport handled 323,669 passengers with 3,267 aircraft movements.

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Bina Darulaman wins airport contract
Published: 2009/02/17

BINA Darulaman Bhd has won a six-month contract worth RM5.13 million to upgrade the infrastructure and building facilities at Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Alor Setar, Kedah.

The company, which received a Letter of Acceptance from Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd on January 14 told Bursa Malaysia that the works will be conducted by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kedah Sato Sdn Bhd.
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KUALA LUMPUR (The first International Airport in Malaysia: 1965)
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, (formerly Subang International Airport), often called Subang Airport, is an airport located in Subang, Malaysia, and primarily serves general aviation and some turboprop domestic flights. Although plans existed to convert the airport into a low-cost carrier hub, the change was opposed by Subang Jaya residents.

Until the 1998 opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, the (then) Subang International Airport served as Kuala Lumpur's primary airport. Subang Airport is currently the hub for Berjaya Air and Firefly.

Subang Skypark finishes terminal refurbishment
Published: 2009/02/17

SUBANG Skypark Sdn Bhd has completed the internal refurbishment works to the Skypark Subang Terminal, which was formerly known as Terminal 3 Subang.

The refurbishment and improvement to the terminal encompassed interior and exterior works, costing a total of RM40 million.

The newly unveiled interior now boasts state-of-the-art amenities and facilities.

In a statement issued yesterday, Subang Skypark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said some 70,000 sq ft of retail space has been created, of which 85 per cent has been leased.
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RM40mil facelift for Subang airport
Friday February 20, 2009
By TAN KARR WEI


THE Terminal 3 at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport at Subang has been given a RM40mil facelift and renamed the Skypark Subang Terminal.

Compared with its previous rundown state after the main airport shifted its operations to the KL International Airport in Sepang, the upgraded terminal now has a friendly environment with a more pleasing ambience.

Subang Skypark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said air travellers could look forward to a pleasant and comfortable time at the terminal.



Modern: The refurbished Skypark Subang Terminal.

Instead of rows of plastic chairs typically found in airport terminals, there are leather sofas dotting the centre of the terminal, giving it a classy cosy look.

“We also provide high speed WiFi services and Samsung LCD TV sets around the terminal so that passengers and patrons will be entertained,” Ravindran said.

He said passengers would be spoilt for choice for both retail and F&B services, with a choice of international and local cuisine available.

Two banks have already set up operations at the terminal and a spa is in the works.

Ravindran said passengers could look forward to limousine, taxi and coach services at the terminal.



New look: Most parts of the terminal has been refurbished,
like this walkway leading to the departure hall.


“This will provide them with options in travelling out from the airport. For now, we have the normal taxi counter,” he said.

With proper signboards and directories installed at strategic places, passengers and patrons will find it easier to get around the terminal.

“Once the exterior renovation is completed, passengers can expect a more systematic traffic movement as the check-in counters will be the first they see when they are departing from the terminal,” Ravindran said.



Welcoming: There is a cosy lounge to greet the corporate
and private jet travellers at the Fixed Base Operations facility.


The interior is almost completed while the exterior refurbishments are due to be completed by June.

“By then, we will have proper drop-off lanes for passengers, valet services and more for the comfort of patrons,” Ravindran said.

He said the terminal was not a budget terminal as perceived by many people but an international terminal catering for community airlines such as FireFly and Berjaya Airways.

“With the community airlines expanding their business and their routes, we are expecting some 1.5 million passenger traffic for the year,” Ravindran said.



For convenience: The Skypark Subang Terminal has
new check-in counters for Firefly and Berjaya Air passengers.


With the wider range of retail and F&B outlets, the Subang Skypark is also positioning itself as a shopping and eating destination for people working and staying in the area.

“Those working in the area now have another option for lunch and even the residents have something new to look forward to during the weekend. This transformation of the terminal will also regain Subang’s prominence and long established name on the global aviation map,” Ravindran said.

The terminal also boasts of a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) facility called the Skypark FBO Malaysia.

“The FBO is the regional hub for private jet charter giant VistaJet. The facility comprises a fully-equipped business centre, relaxation facilities, food and beverage services plus dedicated crew amenities. This places Skypark FBO on par with other FBO facilities worldwide,” Ravindran said.

Besides the FBO, there is also a Regional Aviation Centre and Skypark has allocated 30 acres of land to house this comprehensive hangarage facility which will include a hub for maintenance, repair and overhaul and aircraft parking.



Work in progress: The facelift to the exterior
of the terminal is still being carried out.


The car park opposite the terminal has been cleaned up and has more than 350 parking bays for of passengers and patrons.

“We have a 24-hour secure parking system. Security cameras are placed around the parking vicinity for safety and more lights have been installed,” Ravindran said.

There are also plans for a commercial building where the car park is located.

“The commercial nexus is in the concept design stage and we are now finalising planning details.

“We see the commercial nexus as something exciting that we have in store for the passengers and residents in the vicinity.

“We are looking at a 15-month time period for the completion of the commercial nexus,” Ravindran said.[/QUOTE]
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Proposal for LCCT in Labu still under discussion
Published: 2009/02/21

THE proposal for a new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Labu, Negri Sembilan, is still under discussion between the government and related parties, the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director general Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob said.

He said the government had approved the project in principle as it was viewed as a form of private sector investment, but there was a need for concerned parties to study the matter in respect of all technical and safety requirements.

"This must be done and the Ministry of Transport consulted on the technical requirements. Until or unless all this is sorted out, we cannot do it," he told reporters after delivering a talk on the current economic crisis in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He said this when asked to comment on the current status of the proposal to set up the new LCCT.

Recently, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said a final decision had not been made on whether to proceed with or scrap the proposal to build the LCCT in Labu.

In a written reply to Loke Siew Fook (DAP - Rasah) in Parliament, he said a detailed and comprehensive study was being done to ensure that the project was feasible and would benefit the people.

Ong, however, said, AirAsia Bhd would have to bear the cost of building the new LCCT as well as include connectivity costs such as road construction and rail tracks and other infrastructure. - Bernama
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Najib shuts the door on Labu LCCT
23 Feb 2009

DEPUTY Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday quashed any possibility of reviving the proposed low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Labu, Negri Sembilan.

"We have decided. The project in Labu cannot continue because Sime Darby will not cover the infrastructure cost. They will only sell the land to the party developing the LCCT," he told the Malaysian media here.

Najib, who is also finance minister, said the infrastructure cost related to the proposed LCCT in Labu would amount to RM800 million.

"I received confirmation from Sime Darby. If they are not contributing (towards the infrastructure cost), then there is no basis for the project to be considered."

Najib said the new LCCT would be built at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

He said AirAsia's requirements for the new LCCT, such as parking charges, were being negotiated.

It was reported last week that the proposal for the Labu LCCT was still under discussion.

A Bernama report quoted Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat as saying in a written reply in Parliament that a final decision had not been made on whether to proceed with or scrap the proposal to build the terminal.

The report said a comprehensive study was being done to ensure that the project was feasible and would benefit the people.

Ong also reportedly said AirAsia Bhd would have to bear the cost of building the new LCCT as well as take on the connectivity costs, such as constructing roads and rail tracks and other infrastructure.
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New flights from Penang in the offing
23-02-2009:-

PENANG: The Transport Ministry will explore new routes and revive old ones on the Penang sector to boost the state economy, said its minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

He said the plan included adding new routes from Penang to Singapore, India and China following calls from Penang MCA to reap the economic potential.

“We feel it is our obligation to help stimulate the faltering economy of the state after almost one year under the opposition,” he told reporters after opening the MCA Convention here yesterday. — Bernama
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Airasia Grateful To Najib Over New LCCT Site
February 24, 2009 16:45 PM

SEPANG, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- AirAsia Bhd has expressed gratitude to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for resolving the questions surrounding the construction of a new low cost carrier terminal (LCCT).

"The company is grateful for the new LCCT location at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. We believe the decision was made in the best interests of all the parties involved," AirAsia said in a statement.

The budget carrier hoped Malaysia Airports Bhd could deliver a terminal that matches their Labu proposal for consumers to enjoy even lower fares and turn Malaysia into the most dominant low fare hub in the region.

The new LCCT will contribute even more significantly to the growth of the Malaysian economy, given their route connectivity and flight frequency.

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Extra flights to Penang proposed
NST Online » Local News 2009/02/23

GEORGE TOWN: The Transport Ministry wants more flights from Penang to India, Singapore and China.

Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said yesterday this would bring more tourists to the state.

"We have discovered that Pakatan Rakyat, after ruling for almost a year, has failed to boost the economy of Penang and this is very disappointing.

"We cannot wait for them and, therefore, have proposed flights to these three countries," he after opening the state MCA convention here.

He added some of the routes would be new while others that had been discontinued would be revived.

He said flights on existing routes would also be increased.

Ong said priority for the flights to the three countries would be given to home-grown airlines.

The government will also consider allowing airlines from the three countries to fly into Penang.

He said the government recognised that Penang was an important tourist destination. "Therefore, we want to have as many flights as possible into Penang."
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Subang-Kerteh link
Friday February 27, 2009

KERTEH: Firefly’s newly-introduced route from Subang to Kerteh will help boost Terengganu’s economy.

“Oil-rich Kerteh is the top economic contributor to Terengganu and the connection will bring economic benefits to the state,” said Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said after Firefly’s new aircraft, the ATR72-500, arrived at Kerteh Airport last week.

“Local and foreign tourists travelling to Terengganu are expected to increase, and we look forward to exposing our tourist and leisure spots to lure more visitors to the state.

A total of 3.5 million tourists visited Terengganu last year. The figure is expected to rise to at least four million this year as the state is now more accessible with the introduction of direct flights from Subang to Kuala Terengganu and Kerteh by Firefly.

In the past, the journey to the two districts was cumbersome as travellers had to land at Kuantan Airport and then endure a two-hour drive on the highway.

“Investors in the state were previously turned away due to these factors,” said Ahmad.

Island-hopping activities will be introduced soon to capitalise on Terengganu’s beautiful islands and marine life.

Other projects such as a bird park, a mini zoo, an elephant sanctuary and a water theme park also hope to lure tourists.

Meanwhile, Firefly managing director Eddy Leong said the airline should not be seen as a low-cost carrier but as service-based, taking into account the trends and current situation in the country.

“Our objective is to provide convenient transportation that is economical to and from Kerteh,” he said.

Having served 16 routes domestically and internationally, Firefly continues with its daily low-fare offers. Domestic flights are as RM35, covering a 20kg check-in baggage allowance, assigned seating and in-flight refreshments.
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M'sian airports passenger volume up 5%
The Business Times, February 26, 2009
MAHB expects pace of growth to halve this year as financial crisis deepens
By PAULINE NG
IN KUALA LUMPUR




Mr Bashir: Says January passenger movements
grew about 2% but could slow in the months ahead


TOTAL passenger volume at Malaysian airports grew 5.1 per cent to 47.45 million despite a turbulent year for the aviation industry last year.

However airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) expects the pace of growth to halve this year as the global financial crisis deepens.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, its main gateway, registered a 4.6 per cent expansion in passenger volume. In contrast, Bangkok, which in the region was the worst performer, posted a 5.1 per cent decline owing mainly to its political problems.

Asean and the Middle East provided most of the passenger growth, expanding 9.3 and 17.6 per cent respectively, even as passenger volumes from Europe, North and South America contracted by double digits.

Singapore maintained the No 1 spot as the top city of origination for passengers with slightly over 1.9 million passengers, or a 10.7 per cent market share (10.1 per cent in 2007). This was followed by Bangkok with 1.3 million passengers.

'The increase is mainly because of the opening up of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore sector which has led to additional flights by other airlines,' MAHB managing director Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid told a media briefing yesterday.

Malaysia Airlines topped the list of international airlines for MAHB with 6.9 million passengers. But its market share declined to 38.4 per cent from 45.4 per cent the year before.

AirAsia's 3.8 million passengers gave it a higher market share of 21 per cent from 16.3 per cent, while its long-haul unit AirAsia X improved to 1.4 per cent from 0.1 per cent.

'AirAsia's market share is growing significantly, and yes they are a big contributor to us,' said Mr Bashir of the budget carrier, which in recent weeks had been competing with MAHB to build a new budget terminal until the government decided to award it to MAHB which is 73 per cent owned by Khazanah Nasional.

January passenger movements grew about 2 per cent, Mr Bashir said, but could slow in the months ahead.

For the full year to end-December 2008, the company posted a net profit of RM306 million (S$128 million), 5.7 per cent higher than a year ago, while revenue improved nearly 10 per cent to RM1.51 billion.

Its profit for the last quarter fell to RM58 million from RM106 million in the same period last year, mainly because the company had hosted the annual aviation forum, Routes KL 2008, in October, and the fall in palm oil prices which had hurt its agriculture earnings, Mr Bashir said.

The company's non-aeronautical business grew by 17 per cent last year, versus 3 per cent for its aeronautical segment, with both segments now accounting for about half of its revenue.

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'MAHB can take legal action against AirAsia'
Published: 2009/03/03

MAHB CAN TAKE LEGAL ACTION AIR ASIA TO RECOVER DEBTSKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 --

Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB) can take legal action against AirAsia to recover airport tax amounting to RM99,881,491 owed by the low-cost-carrier to MAHB as of January 31, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin said at the moment, MAHB was holding discussions with AirAsia to recover the debt.

"If necessary, we do not dismiss taking legal action to recover the money," he said when winding up debate on the motion of thanks for the Royal address on behalf of his ministry.

On the uniforms worn by stewardesses of local airlines, he said the ministry has issued reminders that they must conform to Malaysian requirements. - Bernama
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MAHB identifies site for new budget terminal
Published: 2009/03/04

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has identified the site for the new Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), said managing director/chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad.

"The site has been identified and we will announce at an appropriate time," Bashir told a media briefing held in conjunction with the Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat's visit to the KL International Airport (KLIA)in Sepang today.

The government recently turned down AirAsia's proposal to build a RM1.6billion airport in Labu, Negeri Sembilan.

MAHB was then tasked with building a new LCCT, located near the present terminal at KLIA in Sepang, in close consultations with AirAsia.

"We can't reveal the discussion but it is on-going," he said, when asked on the progress of its negotiation with AirAsia Bhd on the new LCCT.

On pilferage in the airport, Bashir said MAHB committed to reduce and eliminate pilferage from its airport completely.

"We are pushing for zero pilferage and we have taken steps over the year that the level of pilferage has reduced in our airport.

"If we compare our airport to many other airports around the world, ours is very low," he said, but added that MAHB was still not happy.

Meanwhile, Ong said the ministry has submitted many projects in the proposal to the Ministry of Finance to be included in the mini-budget.

He said the projects will cover all the major sectors ranging from land transport, maritime as well as aviation. - Bernama
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Mas and AirAsia face intense competition: MIDF
Published: 2009/03/05

MALAYSIA's two passenger airlines - Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia - face a near future of intense competition forthe remaining consumers who are confident enough to spend on travel.

"It really is a traveller's market when the choices presented are premium low cost of five-star service at a value," said MIDF in its research note.

The recently concluded fourth quarter result came below the research firm's expectations as the sector felt the effects of a worse than anticipated economic slowdown and bad bets on fuel prices, it said today.

"Nonetheless, the expectation is a reprieve in 2009, especially on the cost structure fuel hedging that would ease some pressure on operating margins," it added.

MIDF said if a recovery takes place in the first half of 2010, both arlines should benefit from an unexpected surge in passengers from the Asian region.

"The low fuel prices favour AirAsia as they can price their tickets very aggressively and we expect them to start hedging again if fuel prices range moves upward to the US$60-US$70 per barrel," it said.

In addition to passengers, MAS's cargo operations are expected to do well,the research firm said. - Bernama
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