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Old May 6th, 2009, 03:17 PM   #401
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New terminal opens with a fuming MB
Wednesday May 6, 2009
By CHEN PELF YEEN

MALACCA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam was left fuming when he realised that a whole lot of problems needed fixing despite the official opening of a new terminal at the Malacca International Airport.

First, he was informed that the extended 1,800m runway under the RM131.5mil project could not be fully utilised because several obstructing trees had yet to be removed.

Later, he took to task airport officials for failing to provide a wheelchair for an elderly passenger who could hardly walk.

He said the airport must have sufficient wheelchairs for passengers as the airport was designated as an entry point for health tourism in the state.

“There seems to be coordination problems between the contractors and state officers monitoring the progress.

“I will chair a meeting tomorrow (today) with all the relevant officers,” he told reporters after a ceremony to welcome the passengers of Riau Airlines yesterday.

The ceremony saw Malaysia Airports Berhad beginning operations at the new terminal to handle its first flight – a Riau Airlines Fokker 50 from Pekan Baru at 9.30am.

The project to build a new terminal and to extend the former 1,362m runway to 1,800m was launched in April 2007.

However, at present only 1,476m of the runway is being used owing to various obstructions, including the trees.

Mohd Ali said the 1,800m runway would be fully operational by Sept 1 and thereafter, would see Firefly’s inaugural flight to Singapore with their Fokker ATR72 airplane.

“The longer runway will allow for Boeing A737 and Airbus 320 to land,” he said.

Mohd Ali said some 1.5 million tourists were expected to enter Malacca via the airport within three years.
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Upgraded Malacca airport to boost health tourism
By : Jason Gerald John

MALACCA: The newly upgraded airport at Batu Berendam is expected to receive 500,000 passengers within the next three years.

This figure is not far-fetched as the airport, which will be renamed Malacca International Airport by year end after a RM131.5 million upgrade, is targeted to boost the state as a hub for health tourism.

In citing an example, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said even with the old airport, the health tourism sector in the state had seen a steady increase in medical tourists, especially those from Singapore and Indonesia.

"Take the state-owned Putra Hospital for example. It recorded revenue of RM100 million from medical tourism packages last year compared with RM70 million in the previous year.

"This is why I foresee the airport playing a significant role in bringing in the medical tourists, especially from Sumatra, which has about 70 million people," Ali said after the soft launch of the new Batu Berendam airport terminal here yesterday.

Earlier, Ali, accompanied by Malaysia Airports Berhad managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid, received 26 tourists from Indonesia who arrived at the new terminal via Riau Airlines.

On the operations of the airport, Ali said Riau Airlines would fly to Batu Berendam once daily while Firefly, the low-cost carrier of Malaysia Airlines, would resume its operations from here to Singapore in September.

"AirAsia will only operate from here in November when the full length of the runway, which measures 2,135 metres, is completed."

Ali added that there had been a request from AirAsia to privatise the Batu Berendam Airport similar to the Senai International Airport in Johor.

"AirAsia proposed to take over the operations of this airport and we have no problem with that.

"However, any decision on this will have to be made by the Federal Government."
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KLIA, Penang airport awarded
Thursday May 14, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s airports bagged two awards at the 2009 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) for Best Green Airport and Best Emerging Airport.

KL International Airport (KLIA) was named Best Green Airport while Penang International Air-port was named Best Emerging Airport during the awards in Hong Kong on April 22.

Malaysia Airports managing director, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, said they were pleased with the achievements.

“While KLIA added another award into its long list of accolades, the Penang airport’s success shows it has good prospects to compete in the region,” he said.

KLIA recorded 27.5mil passengers movements for the year 2008, while Penang International Air-port registered 3.4mil passenger movements.

The AFSCA is organised by leading transport and logistics newspaper Cargonews Asia.
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Senai welcomes first cargo airline next month
Published: 2009/05/15

EFFORTS to make Senai International Airport a regional cargo hub is becoming closer to reality, with a cargo airline company agreeing to commence operations there from next month.

Senai Airport Terminal Services (SATS) Sdn Bhd deputy chief operations officer Shahrull Allam Shah Abdul Halim said the company is also the first to do so.

"It is a breakthrough. When the cargo airline company begins operations, it will attract other players from the logistics industry to also use Senai Airport to fly out their cargo.

"The move will also serve as a catalyst in our efforts to make the Senai Airport a regional logistics and cargo hub," he said in an interview at his office in Johor Baru recently.

At present, cargo from the Senai Airport is ferried using MAS passenger flights as well as AirAsia.

Senai Airport is located within the Iskandar Malaysia Economic Corridor.

Shahrull Allam Shah declined to name it the firm but confirmed that it is a company of international standard.

He also said that for a start, the cargo airline company will operate flights to regional destinations before expanding to the Middle East and Europe.

He indicated that when customers see that Senai Airport offers consistent and efficient cargo services with multiple routes, they will make it the airport of their choice for air cargo within the region.

SATS, according to him, is always striving to attract airline companies, irrespective of whether they are cargo or passenger based, to operate from Senai Airport.

"We have specific programmes to create connectivity at Senai Airport. We hope to get more cargo operators to the airport," he said.

According to Shahrull Allam Shah, the company is providing an area of 1,000 acres close to the airport for the logistics industry along with a plan to develop it as the regional cargo hub.

Meanwhile, he also disclosed that SATS is in discussions with several firms interested in providing aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) as well as other flight related services at the airport.

"Some of the companies concerned have aleady agreed to begin operations at Senai Airport.

"We are in the final stages of getting the approval of authorities such as the Department of Civil Aviation and the Transport Ministry," he said.

Last March, SATS signed an agreement with Air Logistics Inc, a US-based company, to shift its overseas base from the United Arab Emirates to Senai Airport.

Air Logistics Inc plans to set up an MRO operations at Senai Airport. - Bernama
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MASwings is a regional airline operating the Rural Air Services (RAS) in East Malaysia. It took over the RAS previously operated by FlyAsianXpress. The first flight was on October 1, 2007. MASwings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.
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Malaysia Airports in talks with 5 parties
By Presenna NambiarPublished: 2009/05/18

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) says it is in talks with as many as five parties to set up base at the Malaysian International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) in Subang, Selangor, but declined to name them.

The airport operator, which manages the centre, has already put in a request to the Transport Ministry to acquire an additional 140ha nearby to accommodate the potential tenants.

That is because the 480ha currently designated for development under MIAC is almost fully taken up by investors.

MAHB senior general manager of corporate planning, Datuk Mahat Samah, said only pockets of land, totalling some 6ha are left.
"Leases have been signed (with various tenants to occupy and use the current land at MIAC), it's just a matter of the tenants deciding when they want to come in," he told Business Times in an interview.

One such tenant is Universiti Kuala Lumpur, which plans to locate its Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT) campus there.

MIAT was supposed to have started construction last year, but its plot at MIAC was still left vacant.

"We have allocated 20ha for them. We are just waiting for them to start construction," said Mahat.

Mahat also said that with the signing of a 60-year land lease with the government for MIAC, MAHB will now be able to offer longer leases to its tenants.

Prior to this, most tenants were given three-year leases with the possible extension for up to three more years.

MIAC is now offering 10-year leases with an option for another 10 years or its combination up to a maximum of 30 years to new tenants.

Mahat said existing tenants would be up for a review upon the expiry of their current lease contracts.

The terms of the leases depend on the nature of their business as well as the infrastructure that is in use.

"Of course when you use infrastructure built by us (MAHB), you pay more. But if you build your own infrastructure, you can actually offset it against your lease amount," Mahat said.

MAHB rakes in some RM20 million per year in leasing income from MIAC.
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Published: 2009/05/19

SINGAPORE'S budget arline, Tiger Airways, has confirmed the start of direct flights from the republic to Kuala Terengganu soon.

Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) was informed of this matter by the airline recently.

He said Tiger Airways is in discussions with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and MAHB on the frequency of the flights to the Sultan Mahmud Airport (LTSM) in Hulu Terengganu.

"An MAHB officer informed the state government that Tiger Airways will start operations to Kuala Terengganu," he told reporters yesterday.

Ahmad said the state government is ready to provide incentives to Tiger Airways if it flew direct to the LTSM, including paying its bills and taxes, for the first three years of operations here.

"This means the airport taxes, landing, parking and aerobridge charges at the LTSM would be paid by the state government to MAHB," he said.

Ahmad stated that the incentive will also be granted to any other international airline which makes direct flights to the LTSM.

He highlighted that Tiger Airways is the second airline to make direct flights to Kuala Terengganu from Singapore, after another budget airline, Firefly.

Malaysia's Firefly will operate three-weekly flights to the LTSM from next month.

"The state government is also having discussions with China Airlines for direct flights from Guangzhou, China, to Kuala Terengganu," Ahmad said. - Bernama
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LCCT-KL cab ride to cost more
Tuesday May 19, 2009



Airport walkabout : Nazri Abd Aziz (left) and Liew touring the LCCT where
they had a dialogue with bus and taxi drivers yesterday. Accompanying
them was Mesra Indah Jaya general manager Norhisam Bajuri.


SEPANG: Taxi fares from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Se**pang to Kuala Lumpur will be raised soon.

The current fares are lower than fares from KL International Airport to the capital, although the terminal is further by 13km.

Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz said the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) would be reviewing the rates soon.

A budget taxi from the terminal to Kuala Lumpur costs RM61, but is RM67 from KLIA.

Nazri said the new fares would be based on distance.

“The licensing board will work on it to introduce a fair price,” said Nazri.

Board director Naimah Ramli said the taxi fares from the terminal were lower because it was a budget terminal.

Nazri, accompanied by deputy minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong, board chairman Datuk Markiman Kobiran and Naimah, visited the terminal and KLIA yesterday.

Nazri also announced that taxi permits for the terminal had been frozen until the demand for taxis there increased.

Currrently, there are 1,512 taxi drivers at the terminal.

“Taxi drivers complain they can hardly make three trips a day and this is insufficient for them to pay their instalments,” he said.

An action committee led by Nazri, comprising representatives from the CVLB, the Road Transport Department, police, taxi operators and taxi drivers association had been formed to meet every three months, he said.

Nazri also said he would be discussing with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat on a proposal to set up roadblocks at the terminal and KLIA exits to check taxi touts.
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Ipoh airport set for revival with new regional flights
Tuesday May 19, 2009
By SYLVIA LOOI and CLARA CHOOI

IPOH: The under-utilised Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here will be revived again with the introduction of several regional flights.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said the Ipoh-Singapore route had been approved for two airlines; while one airline had been gi**ven the green light for the Ipoh-Medan sector.

“The air rights had been sorted out with the respective countries. The onus is on the airlines concerned on when they will start flying,” said Ong, who is also the MCA president.

Besides the two sectors, the Transport Ministry had also received applications to operate flights from Ipoh to Guangzhou, China.

“It is expected to be approved too. It is up to the respective airlines on the frequency of flights they wish to operate,” he told reporters after opening the MCA 60th anniversary dinner organised by Perak MCA here on Sunday.

Noting that transportation was considered a catalyst for growth, Ong said the Perak MCA was always involved with efforts to boost the economy in the state.

On extending the airport’s runway to accommodate larger planes, Ong said it might involve tedious land acquisitions.

The ministry, he added, was studying the alternative, which was to construct a new airport.

On another matter, Ong said Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) had been instructed to follow up on land swapping with the Perak Government over the case of squatters staying on railway land at Kuala Sepetang and Simpang Halt.

Meanwhile, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the state government was waiting for a response from the Federal Govern**ment to its RM50mil request to extend the airport runway by 200m.

“I have written to the Prime Minister. As this is considered a high-impact project, I expect that he will respond to our request very soon,” he told a press conference after attending the launch of SMK Sultan Azlan Shah religious school’s 25th jubilee celebration yesterday.

Dr Zambry said that the runway extension would finally facilitate the landing of Airbuses at the airport.

On the intention to build a new airport, Dr Zambry said the state had identified two possible sites in Perak Tengah and Lembah Beriah.
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LCCT expansion work completed
Wednesday May 20, 2009
by CHARLES FERNANDEZ

MALAYSIA Airports Hold-ings Berhad (MAHB) has completed the expansion work on the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at the KL Inter-national Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, which included new international departure and arrival halls, a public concourse, government offices, a curbside and a parking area.

However, by 2011 the current LCCT will be converted into a cargo-handling terminal once the new terminal is completed.

Construction of the new RM2bil LCCT is expected to start by the middle of this year and scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2011.

According to MAHB chairman Tan Sri Aris Othman, it will not be a problem to convert the current LCCT into a cargo terminal without incurring much expenditure as the structure is designed for easy conversion.

Aris said this during the opening ceremony of the Marrybrown fast-food outlet at the LCCT-KLIA.

He said the new LCCT, to be built near the KLIA would be able to handle up to 30 million passengers a year from the current 15 million.

“We will have the potential to increase the passenger volume to 45 million a year as we have studied all angles for future expansion,’’ Aris said.

The new terminal was proposed to be sited near the KLIA after a joint-venture plan by the low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd and Sime Darby Bhd to build a new LCCT costing RM1.6bil at Labu in Negri Sembilan was vetoed by the federal government.

Aris said MAHB had discussed with the airlines on a structural design which could cater to both low-cost and full service carriers.

He said although a new LCCT was being planned, MAHB would not compromise on passenger comfort at the present LCCT and would continue to improve the services.

“The expansion of the LCCT-KLIA allows us to receive an additional five million passengers per year from the previous 10 million passenger arrivals,’’ he said.

Aris said MAHB was confident that the passenger traffic, especially international flights, would continue to rise despite the current economic situation as low-cost carrier operators continued to introduce new destinations and increase flight frequencies to increase the number of passengers.

“This will further increase the need to encourage more retail and food and beverage activities at this terminal, so there is a need to multiply dining options,’’ he said.
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Firefly to spice up KL-Singapore air travel market
Tuesday May 19, 2009
By B.K. SIDHU

PETALING JAYA: Firefly’s debut on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore airspace is set to spice up the market as it will be the only carrier flying from Subang to Singapore beginning July 1 while the rest of the pack flies the route from KL International Airport and the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

Flying from Subang has been a dream for many passengers from the logistic perspective and some experts believe Firefly will be able to grab a slice of the market share from the other players even though Firefly’s managing director Eddie Leong was modest in saying that “we are doing it more to complete our network rather than compete.”

For a start, Firefly is offering one-way fares from RM88 to Singapore and for the first two weeks of the month, it will have three daily flights.

The frequency will be increased to four daily flights, totalling 280 seats. This is possible after Firefly takes delivery of its seventh turboprop in the last week of June. A turboprop can seat 70 passengers.

“We are more interested in the secondary points such as Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Baru to the republic even though the Subang-Singapore sector is important as it will serve the needs of our business passengers,” he told StarBiz.

At the end of this week, the airline will begin aggressively marketing the new Subang-Singapore route. It is also in the midst of finalising ground handling arrangements for its landing in the republic.

“Even without much publicity, we have managed to get some bookings and are hopeful of getting more once we begin our advertising (blitz),” Leong added.

The KL-Singapore route was a duopoly enjoyed by MAS and Singapore Airlines (SIA) before it was liberalised. Now more carriers ply the once lucrative route and Firefly’s entry is expected to give passengers an alternative, that is flying from Subang instead of KLIA and LCCT.

Currently, low-cost carriers such as AirAsia, Singapore’s Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia ply the route alongside premium carriers such as MAS, SIA and Silk Air. Firefly and Silk Air are subsidiaries of MAS and SIA respectively. Other carriers such as Japan Airlines, Sri Lanka Airlines and Air-France KLM France also ply the route with limited frequencies.

Since the liberalisation of the sector, air fares have fallen from RM840 to less than RM200 for a return trip.

AirAsia is currently offering RM55 one way to the republic for a limited period. Tiger’s one-way fares are from RM69 and Jetstar Asia’s fares are from RM65.

“To remain in the game, even the full-service carriers will have to drop fares further to keep their market share at a time when demand for air travel is falling,” said an industry expert.

MAS last weekend offered specials at RM9 one way excluding taxes and other fees for travel this year and zero fare for travel next year for the KL-Singapore route. “We will roll out more of such promotions and our lowest all-inclusive return fare currently on a MAS-operated flight is from RM353 for economy class travel,’’ MAS senior general manager for sales Datuk Bernard Francis said.

But Leong is of the view that fares are already low and he does not think Firefly is a threat to the other carriers given its capacity constraints.

“The prices may be pretty cheap now but the market responds to promotions and anything is possible,” Tiger Airways head of communications Matt Hobbs said.

But not to worry, he said. “The market is big enough for all the players.”

AirAsia and MAS fly seven times daily, SIA, Silk Air and Tiger each plies four times daily on the KL-Singapore route, while Jetstar Asia flies three times daily.
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Firefly is a low cost airline and a full subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. It claims to be the first community airline in Malaysia. Its base of operations and hub is now in Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, Selangor. This replaces Penang International Airport which is now becoming the secondary airport for Firefly. The airline's first flight was on April 3, 2007 from Penang to Kota Bharu.
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Tour buses get LCCT warning
Thursday May 21, 2009

PUTRAJAYA: Tour bus operators that allow their buses to pick up individual travellers at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang will risk having their permits revoked, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said yesterday.

He said the buses were only allowed to send or pick up passengers from the LCCT travelling on tours arranged by travel agents.

“I am warning tour bus operators who contravene the conditions in their permit that we will revoke it and there will be no warning issued,” he told a press conference after attending the Prime Minister’s Department legal affairs division excellence awards presentation ceremony.

Nazri said he had received complaints from taxi operators during his visit to the LCCT recently that they were losing customers to tour buses.

On the freeze on taxi permits, he said it only affected taxis at the LCCT as there were already about 1,400 taxis operating at the airport.

Asked if the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board would be stepping up operations to nab touts at the KLIA, he said the board was short-handed as it had only 45 enforcement officers nationwide.

“I am also looking at creating a permanent committee that will include the police and the Road Transport Department to curb problems with commercial vehicles.

“These authorities have the power to act if the operators commit offences. Their joint efforts will complement our enforcement,” he said, adding that he hoped to meet with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat soon to discuss the matter.
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Analysts upbeat on MAS, AirAsia first quarter results
Friday May 22, 2009
By LEONG HUNG YEE



,B>They expect performance to be better than the fourth quarter

PETALING JAYA: Although Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd have yet to release their results for the first quarter ended March 31, analysts are largely optimistic on the carriers’ financial performance.

MAS and AirAsia are expected to announce their results at the end of this month.

Analysts are upbeat that both airlines would have a positive report. “We expect an improvement in their first-quarter results over the fourth quarter,” an analyst said.

However, many expect AirAsia to “surprise on the upside” in its upcoming announcement.

An analyst with a foreign brokerage said the focus this time would be on MAS as to whether fuel hedges would hit the national carrier.

There would also be interest as to whether low-cost carrier AirAsia could return to profitability.

“The airline (MAS) has been marred by fuel hedges gone wrong in an already challenging operating environment last year.

“Although lower fuel prices these days should benefit airlines, several including MAS are still paying off hedges locked in when crude oil hit a high of US$147 per barrel last year,” he said.

While MAS is using up its high fuel hedges as it goes along, AirAsia unwound its hedge position last year.

“Free of the hedging contracts that weighed down the second half of 2008, AirAsia appears set to soar,” an analyst said.

He said AirAsia was gaining share as other airlines cut flights in the current difficult environment.

“First-quarter passenger numbers were up 21% by year-on-year, while seat occupancy only slipped two percentage points.

“Unlike most full-service airlines, average revenue per seat is also up due to major surge in ancilliary revenue,” a foreign brokerage said in a report.

It added that AirAsia’s costs improved by 23% to 24% year-on-year on a lower jet fuel price.

“In addition, its growth is expected to be focused on the high-yield markets of Singapore and India,” the brokerage said.

Another analyst said AirAsia should not be affected by fuel hedges anymore as the low-cost carrier was buying on spot prices now.

“MAS should still be consuming 50% of its fuel requirements at US$100 per barrel under its hedging.

“We expect AirAsia to post a strong first-quarter result due to savings from fuel,” he added.

Meanwhile, analysts expect the load factors for both MAS and AirAsia to average at their norms of 65% to 70% and 75% to 80%, respectively.

AirAsia is forecasting a 15% to 20% increase in passenger numbers this year while MAS will continue to cut capacity and has unveiled a programme to cut costs by a further 7%.

For the financial year ended Dec 31(FY08), MAS posted a net profit of RM244.3mil on revenue of RM15.5bil compared with RM851.4mil and RM15.2bil respectively in 2007.

AirAsia, however, reported a net loss of RM471.7mil on revenue of RM2.64bil for FY08, compared with a net profit of RM697.6mil on revenue of RM1.93bil in FY07.
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WCT upgraded to trading buy
by Surin Murugiah
Monday, 25 May 2009 10:34

KUALA LUMPUR: OSK Investment Research has upgraded WCT Bhd to a trading buy at RM2.14 with a target price of RM2.70 and said a slew of positive news is likely to swing WCT's way.

In a research note issued on May 25, it said the positive news could be in the form of two letters of intent valued at RM500 million, a proposed large-scale job worth more than RM1 billion, possible participation in the LCCT and additional contracts for Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) and New Doha International Airport (NDIA).

"In light of this, we think a further re-rating on WCT is likely. Upgrade to trading buy, at a target price of RM2.70," it said.

The research house said works on the Abu Dhabi F1 track has accelerated as the entire core structure is completed. Bulk of the remaining works (mainly specialist works) would now be executed by nominated subcontractors, and an official deadline for the job has been set at Aug 31, 2009, in time for the maiden race in November this year.

"Management said the value of the entire job has now been raised to AED3.6 billion (about RM3.5 billion) from AED3.3bn to account for additional works (WCT has a 50% share in the job)," it said.

OSK Research also said WCT could potentially participate in the new LCCT. It came to understand that the consultants appointed by Malaysian Airports were working on the LCCT design.

The job was likely to be awarded via open tender and it reckoned WCT stood a good chance, given its experience with the KLIA and ongoing Kota Kinabalu Airport (KKIA) and New Doha International Airport (NDIA). There is also a strong possibility that the latter two airports could see their contract value increased as additional works may be implemented,it said.

On the company's property segment, the research house said WCT had not any new launches in the past three quarters and expected this to be minimal in the rest of FY09.

"Holding back on launches is less of a concern given WCT's low holding cost and limited land going forward. We are guided that sales have picked up in the recent months, averaging RM2.5 million per week, up from RM500,000 to RM1 millionin 1Q 2009. Its unrecognised sales stands at RM116 million," it said.

OSK Research raised its FY09 earnings forecast by 6.2% following WCT's better-than-expected 1Q FY09 results (up 20% above expectations).

The research house that no further changes were being made to its estimates at this juncture. It was also assuming RM1 billion worth of jobs for FY09 and RM1.5 billion for FY10 and FY11.

"We think more positive news flows are likely to come WCT's way via the materialising of two letters of intent, the possibility of a more than RM1 billion job, its potential participation in the LCCT and higher contract value for KKIA and NDIA. We think investors will continue to re-rate WCT upwards and value the company based on more bullish parameters," it said.
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Business Community Hails MASwings' Fare Discount
May 27, 2009 18:18 PM

TAWAU, May 27 (Bernama) -- The business community here welcomed MASwings' offer of lower fare for Tawau-Sandakan flights via its "Amazing Deal" promotion which offers discount of up to 50 percent.

Chairman of Tawau Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Yap Yiw Sin, the offer would encourage more businessmen to use MASwings' the flights between Tawau and Sandakan flights and vice versa.

"The move is good because prior to the offer, the return fare for the flight was high, which is over RM200," he told Bernama here today.

Yap said usually, businessmen who wanted to save transportation cost, would use the road but this would take a long time as the distance between the two places was long.

The booking for the promotional fares can be made via MASwings' website, www.maswings.com.my at least 21 days before the flight.

The booking period starts from now to July 31, 2009 for travel ending on Dec 31, 2009.

Meanwhile, MASwings managing director, Salleh Tabrani, said the domestic demand was encouraging despite the global economic slowdown.

"The 'Amazing Deal' promotion is another of our commitment as a community airline," he said.

MASwings also announced the reduction in fare of up to RM45 for the Sibu-Bintulu route.

-- BERNAMA
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MAHB hopes to be proftable this year
Published: 2009/05/28

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) hopes to be profitable this year amid projection of zero per cent growth in passenger volume.

MAHB, which operates 39 airports, recorded 5.01 per cent growth in total passenger volume for financial year ended Dec 31, 2008 to 47.45 million.

Its chairman, Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman, said for its budget preparation this year, MAHB selected two scenarios, the first with zero per cent growth and the second, negative five per cent.

"Nevertheless, both scenarios will see a fall in profitability. We only have four months of actual report.

"The data in terms of passengers indicate we are more or less even. No decline no growth," he told a media briefing after the company's annual and extraordinary general meetings today.

Aris said it was considered "very good" for MAHB although no growth was recorded in the four-month period.

"If you look at neighbouring airports, their experience was worse than ours. But it is too early as we only have four months and we still affected by the influenza A (H1N1)," he said.

However, he said, MAHB did not see a marked decline in passengers due to the flu.

Meanwhile, managing director, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, said phase one of the new low-cost carrier terminal was on track for completion by the third quarter of 2011.

He said 97 companies had been pre-qualified for consultation jobs under 38 packages.

Bashir said most of the consultants were local companies.
"So much interest. We don't want to rush in selection," he said.
He said MAHB may open the tender for construction jobs not later than two weeks from now.

Bashir said MAHB was looking at expanding its airport consultation segment to Middle East, Africa and China.

"We will make an announcement on the new destinations by year-end," he said.

MAHB has already extended its management expertise in India, Kazakhtan and Turkey. - Bernama
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MAHB: Tenders for new LCCT out within 2 weeks
By Jeeva Arulampalam Published: 2009/05/29

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB)(5014) will carry out open tenders for the construction of the new permanent low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang within the next two weeks.

Managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said the land survey of the 60ha had been completed and an appointed consultant was now due to carry out the soil survey.

Bashir said MAHB had moved swiftly since the first announcement in March. The new LCCT will be located to the west of the main KL International Airport terminal building.

"The open tender for construction will be sent out in the next one to two weeks," he told reporters after the group's annual general meeting in Sepang yesterday.
Bashir said it was important for the airport operator to ensure the overall process, including the open tender was carried out correctly, and reiterated that MAHB was on track to completing the building and additional runway by the third quarter of 2011.

On its 2009 financial performance, Bashir said the group will remain profitable despite fewer passengers at its airports.

In March, MAHB came out with two sets of headline key performance indicators: one based on flat passenger traffic growth and another based on a 5 per cent contraction in passenger growth.

"For the first four months, we are more or less even in terms of passenger (movement), as we have not seen a decline nor growth," said MAHB chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman.

However, Aris said it is too early to tell if passenger movement will move upwards or downwards for the remaining year, driven by external factors such as the economic downturn.
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Firefly to break even on profitable Malaysian routes
Published: 2009/05/29

National turboprop operator Firefly is set to break even this year, on account of its profitable domestic routes.

"We make money from all our domestic routes, they are exceptionally profitable. As for our international sector, it is seasonable traffic but sustainable," said FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong.

Firefly flies to 16 destinations of which nine are domestic and seven international. It has six aircraft while the seventh is due to arrive next month.

"We originally had planned to have 10 aircraft this year but decided to delay receiving three to next year," he said.

Currently, the carrier enjoys a load factor of more than 70 per cent amid the weakened global airline industry.

Firefly will add five new routes to its network soon begining with flights from Subang Skypark to Singapore, followed by Ipoh-Singapore, then Kuala Terengganu-Singapore, Kuantan-Singapore and finally, Malacca-Singapore.

It will make its first entrance into Singapore skies on July 1, departing from SkyPark Subang terminal at 7.50am arriving at the Changi Budget Terminal at 9.05am. This four times daily route is targeted at business travellers.

Leong expects more traffic flow to come from Singapore to Malaysia.

"There will be more tourists landing in Singapore wanting to hop over to Malaysia. Then, there are also quite a number of Malaysians working in Singapore wanting to come home for the weekends," he said.

Earlier this month, Firefly got approval from the Transport Ministry to fly five more routes. They are Penang-Singapore, Langkawi-Singapore, Kota Baru-Singapore, Alor Setar-Singapore and Kertih-Singapore.

Leong then said flights from Penang and Langkawi to Singapore are already well-served. The timing of route launch will depend on additional demand and availability of more aircarafts.
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