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Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB)
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) is in the business of managing and operating Malaysia’s airports, as well as providing airport-related services. The airports under its ambit include five major international airports (KLIA, Pulau Pinang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu), 15 domestic airports and 18 short take-off and landing ports. MAHB’s role in airport operations includes the development, management and maintenance of existing terminal buildings, runways, roads and car parks. Through its subsidiaries, the Company operates duty-free and non-duty-free outlets; the provision of food and beverage-related services at the airport, and palm oil plantations. The Company operates in seven segments: Duty Free and Non Dutiable Goods, Airport Services, Agriculture and Horticulture, Hotel, Events Management, Project and Repair Maintenance, and Auction.

Airports managed
- International


KL International Airport (KLIA), Federal Territory
Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah
Kuching International Airport, Sarawak
Langkawi International Airport, Kedah
Penang International Airport, Penang
Senai International Airport, Johor
(operated by Senai Airport Terminal Services)

- Domestic

Batu Berendam Airport, Malacca
Bintulu Airport, Sarawak
Labuan Airport, Federal Territory
Lahad Datu Airport, Sabah
Limbang Airport, Sarawak
Miri Airport, Sarawak
Sandakan Airport, Sabah
Short Take-Off and Landing Airports (STOL), Sabah, Sarawak
Sibu Airport, Sarawak
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang
Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Kedah (Alor Star)
Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport, Pahang (Kuantan)
Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Perak (Ipoh)
Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kelantan (Kota Bahru)
Sultan Mahmud Airport, Terengganu (Kuala Terengganu)

Tawau Airport, Sabah

Note : State's Capital City Airport

- Airports Overseas
Other than Malaysia, the company (MAHB) also manages 5 international airports outside Malaysia. They are:-

Astana International Airport, Kazakhstan
Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India
Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Turkey
RM105m investment for Istanbul job: MAHB
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2009/10/26



Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) will spend some RM105 million this year on its soon-to-be-launched airport management venture in Istanbul's Sabiha Gocken International Airport.

MAHB has paid about RM80 million for its 20 per cent stake in the project, RM25 million of which was settled in 2008.

A further RM50 million will be spent by the end of the year, to complete expansion works.

The new terminal and apron, which was completed in 18 months, some 12 months ahead of schedule, will be officially launched by Turkey's prime minister on October 31

The airport operator will fund the investment from its own coffers.
"At the moment, due to its initial stages, the revenue contribution is quite minimal, mainly coming from technical and consultancy fees. We don't expect revenue from dividends to come in until at least five years after completing the expansion works," MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad told Business Times via e-mail recently.

In 2008, the Istanbul Sabiha Gocken Uluslararasi Havali-mani Yatirim, Yapim Ve Isletme As (ISG), a joint venture among three companies - MAHB, Limak Holding and GMR Infrastructure Ltd - won the bid for the project.

The ?343 million (RM1.7 billion) project, comprises the completion of a new international terminal building, a car park building as well as the construction of a hotel and a VIP annexe.

MAHB's 20 per cent stake in the joint-venture company entitles it to have two representatives on the board of ISG, currently held by Bashir and MAHB's chief financial officer Faizal Mansor. A few of MAHB's senior officials, who include Bashir, are also heading airport working committees.

The international terminal building project concession is for a period of 20 years.

"With two international airports in Istanbul, Ataturk on the European side and Sabiha Gocken on the Asian side, we see great potential in the airport," Bashir said.

MAHB's analysis shows that Ataturk has growth constraints due to space limitations while Sabiha is the second largest airport with a growing surrounding population and plenty of space for future expansion.

As at August 20009, Sabiha Gokcen was the fastest growing airport in Turkey and, maybe, Europe with 35 per cent growth in passenger traffic compared to the same period last year.

The venture is the third of its kind for MAHB, which already has equity stakes in two other airports overseas - Hyderabad International Airport and New Delhi International Airport.

On whether there are any plans for similar investments, Bashir said while it is looking at a few possibilities, no decisions have been made.
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5 International Airports the First in Asia to Receive SMS Certification
Oct/20/2009



SEPANG, 20 October - With the successful certifications of five international airports in Malaysia, Malaysia Airports is aiming to get the domestic airports under its management to obtain the Safety Management System (SMS) certifications soon.

Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "We are very pleased to have all five international airport to be SMS certified, making these airports amongst the earliest to achieve the certifications, and the first in the Asia region. Next in the pipeline is to have another five domestic airports to be SMS certified - Bintulu, Tawau, Miri, Sibu and Terengganu in the year 2010."

Tan Sri Bashir added: "The SMS certification is a testimony of our initiatives to ensure the highest level of safety at our airports and to fully comply with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Safety Management Program."

KL International Airport (KLIA), Penang International Airport, Langkawi International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Kuching International Airport had to undergo an audit by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to achieve this certification. Apart from the audit, the airports have also completed specific documentation for submission to DCA.

The SMS indicates conformance to all safety requirements and achieving continuous improvement in safety performance. These include the essential features of safety such as policy, strategy and planning and implementation as well as promotion, records, staff training and competency.

It also certifies that the airports have successfully implemented the 'Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control (HIRARC) while the listing of Acceptable Level of Safety (ALOS) has conformed to the requirements of the DCA.

Y.Bhg. Dato' Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, DCA's Director General, in his speech said: "With the certification, we can demonstrate to the world that our airports placed importance to safety, and I hope the airports will continue to maintain the highest level of safety measures. These airports will continue to undergo Annual Scheduled Inspections to ensure that the requirements of the certification are continuously met."

Malaysia Airports are always committed to ensure good safety management. This is shown through the establishment of a safety office, joint efforts with risk management and the business continuity programme, blending and complying with Occupational Health and Safety requirement.

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Penang International Airport
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Kota Kinabalu International Airport
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Kuching International Airport
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MASkargo eyes bigger freighters next year
By Kang Siew Li Published: 2009/10/20

MAalaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the air cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, says it is looking for bigger cargo planes next year when the lease of its four narrow-body freighters expires.

Managing director Shahari Sulaiman said he was deliberating on the best aircraft type for the carrier in light of a recovery in world air freight volume and was considering wide-body freighters such as the Boeing 747-400 and the Airbus 330.

Currently, MASkargo has a wet-lease contract for four 747-200 freighters (747-200Fs) provided by Air Atlanta Icelandic, which expires at the end of April next year. This is in addition to two 747-400Fs that it owns.

A wet lease is the leasing of a plane including crew, maintenance and insurance.

"Next year, we have an opportunity to right-size our freighter capacity (to better match demand). We are working out what is the best aircraft type to use beyond April and may look at the bigger 747-400Fs or A330Fs," Shahari told Business Times in an interview.

He added that cargo volume in the third quarter had shown encouraging signs of a recovery.

MASkargo saw year-on-year demand improve from a 30 per cent decline in the first quarter of the year to a 23 per cent decline in the second quarter. Its biggest improvement was in the third quarter, with September showing a 9 per cent decline.

"Cargo volume handled in September was higher than in December last year. As such, we expect to see positive growth in cargo volume by November."

While Shahari believes that the worst is over for the air cargo industry, he feels that recovery will be slow.

"This year, the business environment has never been this challenging for the aviation industry, including the air cargo segment. Volume has dropped drastically and the region most impacted was Asia-Pacific.

"However, in recent months, we see a recovery (in volume) in Asia-Pacific, especially China. So, while we were the first (region) to be hit by the global economic crisis, we were also the first to recover from it," he said.

MASkargo's average load factor continues to hover at 70 per cent, above the 48 per cent market average, thanks to capacity cuts in the first quarter.

"We parked one of our 747-400Fs in March this year to cut costs amid the global economic downturn. In addition, our parent MAS had cut scheduled passenger flights by 13 per cent, affecting the bellyhold capacity which accounts for 60 per cent of our cargo capacity. These measures have kept our cargo load factor up," said Shahari.

However, with capacity down, even though cargo numbers have started to rise, yields remain weak.

"According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the yield dilution in the airline industry was close to 17 per cent. Ours are below that level," Shahari said.

In response to the seasonal upturn in cargo demand in the fourth quarter, MASkargo brought back into service last month its parked 747-400F.

"With the reintroduction of our freighter, we launched a once-weekly service between Kuala Lumpur and Narita, Tokyo, via Senai, Johor Baru, and increased our flights between Pudong, Shanghai, and Amsterdam to twice a week.

"We have also increased our charter business from China to Europe as well as to new destinations never served before. For instance, last month, we provided a charter flight service from Melbourne to Djibouti," Shahari said.

On the home front, MASkargo will begin a "multi-million-ringgit" project to expand its cargo capacity at the Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC) at KL International Airport in Sepang by the year-end.

"We plan to increase our cargo handling capacity to one million tonnes a year within the next three to four years, from 650,000 tonnes at present, by improving our processes. The expanded facility will cater for our requirements for the next 10 years," Shahari said.

MASkargo expects to handle 600,000 tonnes of cargo at the ACC this year, down from 620,000 tonnes last year. However, it anticipates an increase of at least 10 per cent in cargo volume next year.
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Istanbul venture raises MAHB's stature
Published: 2009/10/28

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is on the right track towards scaling new heights in emerging as an international class airport operator, with its latest venture in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gocken International Airport (ISGIA).

After having notched up commendable success from the Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan, the new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, MAHB’s expansion in Istanbul certainly enhances its stature as an international airport operator and manager.

The new terminal at the ISGIA, with MAHB as part of the consortium behind the project, will be officially opened this Saturday.

The opening ceremony for the new terminal will be graced by Turkey''s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

MAHB has joined hands with GMR Infrastructure Limited of India and Limak Group, a Turkish company, to develop, manage and operate ISGIA.

The facility, on the Asian side of the bicontinental city, is named after Sabiha Gokcen, the first female combat pilot in the world.

ISGIA, a greenfield airport, built from scratch in a new location, chalked up the highest passenger growth rate between 2002 and 2007.

Passenger traffic is expected to reach 25 million passenger by 2023.
MAHB has a 20 per cent equity in the consortium involved in building the new terminal which is estimated to cost 343 million euros and will cater for 10 million passengers annually.

Besides being a shareholder in the consortium, MAHB is also involved in the provision of advisory and consulting services in the airport master plan and detailed design study, especially in the operational readiness and airport transfer exercise.

MAHB currently manages and operates 39 airports in Malaysia -- five international, 16 domestic and 18 short take-off and landing ports.

The completion of the new terminal by 2010, will bring MAHB even closer to achieving its targets.
For one thing, developing the ISGIA and placing it among the leading airports in the world, will contribute tremendously to the travel and tourism industry of Turkey.

"Besides this, the terminal will open a new chapter for Malaysia Airports in its overseas endeavors and further reinforce our status as one of the most sought-after service providers in the field of airport operations," Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman, the chairman of Malaysia Airports was quoted as saying after the ground breaking ceremony for the new terminal last year.

MAHB has assigned a number of its experienced personnel to ISGIA to assist in the operations, technical and financial matters of the airport.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, who made a visit to the new terminal early this month, was reported as saying that the project served as an international acknowledgement of Malaysia''s expertise in airport development and management.

He said it was also "a good example of how government-linked companies like MAHB can succeed abroad, on their way to becoming global icons".

Meanwhile, its managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said MAHB was always looking for new opportunities in countries closer to home like India, China and the Middle East.

He also revealed that discussions have been ongoing with two parties in the Middle East and Africa on the possible management of airports with expectations that talks might hopefully be concluded by the first quarter of next year.

On MAHB''s airport management venture with JSC International Airport Astana (Astana), both have agreed on the mutual termination of the Trust Management Agreement for it effective June 4, this year.

MAHB said the decision was made in view that the expertise, knowledge and experience garnered by Astana from working with MAHB had enabled it to manage and operate the airport independently.

"During the two years under the Trust Management Agreement (TMA), Astana, the second largest international airport in Kazakhstan, had significantly improved its performance," the company said.
Astana also won the Best Airport of Commonwealth of Independent States in 2007, for the category of passenger traffic of more than one million passengers per year.

This increase in passenger traffic and the award received by Astana International Airport is further evidence that MAHB had met the objectives of the TMA.

MAHB’s involvement in ISGIA officially began on March 19, 2008 when the Implementation Agreement for the realisation of the ISGIA Terminal Building and its Complementaries through a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Model, was signed between the Government of Turkey and the consortium.

The BOT project involved the construction of a new international airport terminal building with a passenger capacity of 25 million in 18 months, besides managing the existing domestic and international terminals.

MAHB''s role was to provide expertise in the area of operation and management of the Airport.
SGIA is the second airport in Istanbul with two terminals, covering an area of 3,300 acres.

After completion of the new terminal, the current international terminal will be converted to an all domestic terminal subsequent to construction of new terminal.

The development of the ISGIA comprised the construction of a new terminal buliding with a total area of 180,000 sq m. The development work also included a four-storey car park building with 4,718 parking lots and a six-storey hotel with 128 rooms.

As an airport operator, MAHB took a minimum equity stake of 20 per cent in the joint venture.
The total concession fee is 1.93 billion euro (about RM9.7 billion) and is structured over a 20-year concession period, with no concession fees payable in first three years. - Bernama
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KL to host aviation conference
By Hamisah Hamid Published: 2009/10/29

AIRPORT chiefs across the world will converge in Kuala Lumpur beginning Monday to attend the 19th ACI World Annual General Assembly and the ACI Asia-Pacific Conference and Exhibition.

Hosted by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (1171), the three-day event is expected to see some 600 airport executives sharing their experiences and solutions to achieve a sustainable future.

"This year's general assembly is significant because it is held at a time when the aviation industry is going through the worst period," MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad told Business Times.

"This is due to the impact of several issues happening at the same time - an economic crisis, the outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) and the oil price increase," he added.
"People said things will be better next year but we should learn from the worst crisis in history and come out stronger and prepare for future crisis, which hopefully there won't be any," said Bashir, who is also ACI World Governing Board member and ACI Asia-Pacific Board secretary treasurer.

This is the first time for the ACI World Annual General Assembly to be held in Asia.

The event, which comprises a two-day conference, is scheduled around official and regional ACI Board and committee meetings.

Themed "Above the Turbulence - Sustaining Business Excellence", this year's conference will cover panel discussions and plenary sessions, that will see industry experts speaking on aviation related issues such as airport economics, industry trends and human capital.

Malaysia Airlines managing director and chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin will be on the panel discussion on "Cash, Capacity, Crisis", while Civil Aviation Department director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman will present a keynote address at the opening of the conference.

Bashir, who has been in the aviation industry for 37 years, said besides setting the stage for future direction to be taken by the industry, the event will also provide a platform for Malaysia to showcase itself to the delegates.

The Airports Council International (ACI) represents close to 600 members from over more than 1,600 airports in 176 countries.
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Malaysia Airports to focus on domestic airports too says chairman
Published: Friday October 30, 2009 MYT 2:56:00 PM

ISTANBUL: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), reputed in the aviation industry for international airport operations, will also focus on managing domestic airports, Chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman said Thursday.

"We don't want to concentrate 100 per cent on international airports all the way. Our domestic airports and our tourism sector are also equally important," he told Malaysian journalists here for the official opening of the new terminal at Istanbul Sabiha Gocken International Airport on Friday by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

MAHB is part of the consortium awarded the contract to build the terminal.

Other partners of the consortium are GMR Infrastructure Limited of India and Limak Group, a Turkish company that built, manages and operates the Istanbul Sabiha Gocken International Airport.

Deputy Minister of Transport Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, who was present at the press conference, said Malaysia expects to woo 20 million tourists a year.

"We want more tourists to come (to Malaysia). So, we not only need to renovate old airports but also improve air and related services," Aris said.

MAHB currently manages and operates 39 airports in Malaysia - five international, 16 domestic and 18 short take-off and landing ports.

The airport operator is also engaged in projects at the new Hyderabad International Airport and the New Delhi International Airport in India.

Asked on MAHB's next overseas venture, Aris said it will be in the next two to five years.

"We like to be global but we have to balance up between the race and resources available," he said, adding that the company needs more than a year to train people especially in the language and social cultural differences.

"Social and cultural differences are a big factor to consider in overseas operations. Of course, if you wait too long, the advantage you have in being on the forefront in airport operations will be overtaken by other airports involved in the same business," he said.

Aris said MAHB's partners - GMR and Limak - wanted the company to join them in other projects but due to its limited capacity, it had to hold on.

He said there had been negotiations between MAHB and other parties on the prospect of managing and operatring airports but after detailed evaluation, MAHB felt it was too risky and called off the talks.

MAHB operated under two business models - purely consultancy and equity and consultancy - in overseas ventures, he said.

Aris said the contribution from overseas ventures was very small currently at less than two per cent. - BERNAMA
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MAHB may reprise tie-ups for more airport jobs
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ISTANBUL: Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) may team up again with Turkish conglomerate Limak Group and India's GMR Group to bid for more airport jobs, after their successful completion of the new terminal at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISG) here.

The new terminal was opened last Saturday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish government is now considering building a third terminal here.

Given the speed with which the job was done and the smooth relationship between the partners, it would not be surprising if the three parties collaborated to bid for work on the third terminal.

"If the conditions are favourable, we will consider working together to bid.
"However, it's too early to tell now as we don't know how the project is going to be. We don't know where the airport will be located," said Limak chairman Nihat Ozdemir, who is also the ISG chairman.

Besides the third terminal, the Turkish government is also planning to set up at least two new airports in Turkey.

Tenders for the airport projects, which are expected to be based on the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model, are expected to be issued soon.

MAHB's involvement in ISG was attributed largely to its good relationship with GMR.

GMR Infrastructure executive board chairman G.M. Rao said the company expected to work with MAHB on more airport projects in future.

"We share a lot in common. We understand each other's culture. MAHB is our number one choice of partners," Rao said.

The newly completed terminal, which is expected to be operational next Monday, is believed to cost some ?500 million (RM2.5 billion). It took 18 months to complete.

"We made this investment when the world was in a crisis. We created over 10,000 jobs and we will transfer ?3.3 billion (RM16.7 billion) to the public," Ozdemir said.

ISG is 40 per cent owned by Limak, 40 per cent by GMR and 20 per cent by MAHB.

The airport, expected to attract 6.1 million passengers this year, is forecast to draw 8.5 million passengers next year.

During the official launch of the new terminal, Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said that a second runway was expected to be built at the ISG over the near to medium term to handle more planes as passenger volume increased.

The Turkish government has given the green light for land to be acquired and the tender to build the runway is expected to be announced soon.
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Malaysia Airports looks overseas
Monday November 2, 2009
By YEOW POOI LING



From left: Nihat Ozdemir, GM Rao and Tan Sri Aris Othman having a light
moment at the launch of the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport’s
new terminal.

Airport operator eager for more jobs after Turkey venture

ISTANBUL: The Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISGIA) is expected to continue growing significantly in passenger arrivals, thanks to rising demand for low-fare flights and the country’s booming tourism industry.

In anticipation of rapid growth, the Turkish authority has allocated some 100 million euros to build a second runway at the ISGIA, said Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Uluslararasi Havalimani Yatirim, Yapim Ve Isletme A.S. (ISG) chief executive officer Gokhan Bugday.

The new runway is expected to be completed by 2012.

ISG, which holds the operation rights of the airport for 20 years, is a joint venture between Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), GMR Infrastructure Ltd of India and Turkish company Limak Insaat ve San Tic AS on a 20:40:40 basis.

According to Bugday, the airport is expected to grow 50% next year from this year’s estimated passenger arrivals of 6.1 million.

“Turkey is an important point in this region. The Ataturk Airport is already constrained, so the growth will come from ISGIA, where passenger arrivals is expected reach 10 million by 2010,” he said at a briefing in conjunction with the launch of ISGIA’s new terminal on Oct 31.

ISGIA is an economic airport, offering 25% discounts on landing and parking fees to low-cost airlines. The cost of the new terminal as well as the car park and hotels is about 500 million euros.

Bugday said Turkey was “the bridge between Asia and Europe,” and therefore, did not see any significant impact on its aviation sector from the global economic downturn.

The country’s aim was to become the transit hub between Asia and Europe, like Amsterdam, he added.

According to Limak chairman Nihat Ozdemir, the Turkish government is already mulling the idea of setting up a third airport in Istanbul due to the strong growth in passenger arrivals.

The proposal was still preliminary but if the conditions were attractive, the consortium of Limak-GMR-MAHB would consider it, he said.

GMR chairman GM Rao said the ISGIA had the advantage of having existing traffic volume, which unlike greenfield airports would have to build demand from zero.

The airport charges a service fee of three euros per passenger for domestic routes and 12 euros for international destinations.

It also offers services like refuelling, cargo warehousing and ground-handling to airlines.

Bugday said the payback period for the investment, including construction and future rentals, was seven to eight years.

This is the second collaboration between MAHB and GMR, after their involvement in the Hyderabad International Airport and Delhi International Airport projects in India.

MAHB chairman Tan Sri Aris Othman said airport development involved building capacity ahead of time to cater for future growth, and was not merely to meet existing demand.

Turkey, with its rapidly growing economy, offered a good opportunity for the airport operator to widen its presence overseas, he said.

He added that there were eight MAHB personnel involved in the operational readiness and airport transfer exercise of the ISGIA, which commenced six months ago.

“Our airport consultancy arm, Malaysia Airports Consultancy Services, is continuously exploring other overseas opportunities to further expand our expertise and knowledge in airport management,” Aris said.

GMR is India’s leading infrastructure company with a market value of more than US$7bil, specialising in infrastructure development, energy, roads and airport projects.

Limak, meanwhile, is a huge Turkish conglomerate involved in a wide range of sectors like construction, energy, tourism, cement, food and aviation.
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MAHB Targets Five Per Cent Increase In Passenger Traffic Next Year
November 02, 2009 20:43 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) aims to post a four to five per cent increase in passenger traffic next year on optimism of a recovery in air travel, managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said Monday.

Based on the industry trend observed in the last two to three months, the increase will be slightly more than than the three to four per cent gowth projected this year, he said.

"We believe that air travel will start to recover and this will help with growth in 2010," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Airport Council International (ACI) and Asia-Pacific Conference and Exhibition here.

Bashir said that MAHB was doing better than expected this year in line with higher tourism figures.

"The tourism industry has done a good job as it has helped to boost our traffic figures," he said.

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MAHB: Revenue from foreign markets to rise
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Published: 2009/10/31



ISTANBUL: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) expects revenue from foreign markets to make up one-tenth of group revenue in 10 years, as it expands globally.

Currently, foreign sales contribute less than 2 per cent of group revenue. Last year, the group made RM1.5 billion in revenue.

According to MAHB chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman, growth does not solely depend on the number of airports it operates, but on the number of businesses it is involved in each of the airports.

"You need to depend on other businesses like hotels, car parks, ground handling and others. Of course, we would like to get more opportunities in these areas," Aris said here yesterday.
Aris and a group of senior management team members of MAHB are in Istanbul to take part in the launch of Istanbul's Sabiha Gocken International Airport (ISG).

The new terminal will be launched by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan this evening.

Aris added that the company is in talks with a few airport operators for the possibility of joint bids and partnerships.

Nevertheless, the MAHB chairman expects the firm's next overseas venture to be within the next two to five years.

"There are several things we need to consider before any partnership, such as financial aspect, as well as whether or not the partner is easy to work with. Plus, we don't want to spread out too thin, in terms of resources like human capital," Aris said.
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LTBB to start international flight operations
Published: 2009/11/12
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The Batu Berendam Airport(LTBB) here, is expected to begin operations for international flights in mid-January next year, said Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

He said that the LTBB would be known as the Melaka International Airport after the inauguration by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak on January 15.

"With the inauguration by the Prime Minister, a new era will begin for this airport," he told reporters after the meeting of the Melaka State Assembly at Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh here, today.

Mohd Ali hoped that budget airline AirAsia Bhd, would begin operations mid-January next year for flights from Melaka-Penang-Langkawi, Melaka-Penang-Jakarta and other international destinations such as Medan, Padang, Pekan Baru and Surabaya.

He also expressed the hope that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will also start using the Melaka International Airport. "I will also write to the Philippines budget airline, Cebu Pacific Air, to start using this airport," he said.

The project to raise the status of the LTBB is being undertaken by Konsortium Uni-Integrated to house a new 7,000 sq m terminal complete with various facilities to receive domestic and international flights.

The airport runway has been extended from 1,476 metres to 2,135 metres to enable Boeing and Airbus aircraft to land and take-off.

The process to enlarge and improve the airport costing RM131.5 million began on April 23, 2007 to provide facilities for health tourists, especially from Sumatera, which has now reached 60,000 annually.

The new LTBB terminal can handle 1.5 million passengers annually compared to just 300,000 previously. It has four counters for departures and six for arrivals for both domestic and international flights.

The LTBB also has two parking bays suitable for Boeing 734 aircraft and the Airbus 320. -- BERNAMA
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November 13th, 2009

IPOH: Work on extending the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport runway and upgrading the terminal building will start next year.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said the Cabinet had approved RM60mil for the two projects.

He said the runway could now be extended by 200m from the present 1.8km apart from the airport terminal being upgraded.

This would allow the airport to attract more budget airlines within Asean to fly there, he said.

Currently, only Firefly offers flights from here to Singapore daily.

"Our surveys showed that Perak hold immerse potential as a tourist destination.

"With the extension, we hope other budget airlines will be attracted to use the airport," said Ahmad Husni Saturday.

Speaking to reporters after a ground-breaking ceremony for a market at the Tanah Hitam New Village in Chemor near here, Ahmad Husni, who is also Tambun MP, said work on extending and upgrading the airport would start next year.

On another matter, Ahmad Husni said elected representatives had also been roped in to ensure projects under Budget 2010 were carried out.

"The Yang Berhormats can also write to the Prime Minister or the Deputy Prime Minister if projects in their area are facing problems," he said.

Najib was reported to have asked his ministers to closely monitor projects under Budget 2010.

The Prime Minister wants the 160 projects listed to start according to schedule as this was the commitment given by the Government to the rakyat.
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MALAYSIA SIGNS POLICY STATEMENT TO LIBERALISE CIVIL AVIATION INDUSTRY

Bernama - Wednesday, November 18



KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is among the seven countries and the European Union (EU) which have signed a multilateral statement of policy principles to liberalise the civil aviation industry.

The non-binding statement is related to the implementation of bilateral air service agreements, the Transport Ministry said today.

Besides Malaysia and the EU, the other signatories were Chile, Panama, Switzerland, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United States, it said in a statement.

The policy principles concerned the freedom to access capital market, freedom to do business, freedom to price services, and fair competition, the ministry said.

This was the result from the conference held in Montabello in Quebec, Canada, from Nov 14 to 16, by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to discuss efforts to further liberalise the industry.

The Malaysian delegation to the conference was led by the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Zakaria Bahari and included Malaysia's permanent representative to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Datuk Kok Soo Chon.

Participants at the conference agreed that liberalisation efforts should be stepped up to promote a more efficient and systematic air transport system.

They said that such measures were necessary due to the current economic challenges such as fuel price increase and economic downturn which affected the financial position of airlines.

The airlines were also hampered by the regulations and restrictions placed by governments on the industry, they added.

According to Zakaria, the document on policy principles was in line with Malaysia's existing policy to promote a more liberal civil aviation sector.

He said Malaysia's participation at the conference and signing of the document also showed the country's proactive approach as an ICAO council member.

Malaysia, he added, intended to retain its seat in the ICAO council and would contest again in the election scheduled next year. -- BERNAMA

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Eastar Jet Offers Seoul-Kuching Christmas Flight
November 19, 2009 19:41 PM

KUCHING, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- South Korea's new low-cost carrier Eastar Jet to start its inaugural chartered direct flight Seoul-Kuching-Seoul starting Dec 24 this year, Sarawak Tourism and Urban Development Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said Thursday.

He said about 120 Korean tourists are expected to be on board for six hour and 20 minutes on the B737-700 aircraft scheduled to land at the Kuching International Airport here on Christmas eve.

"Sarawak is desirous of collaborating with Eastar Jet in developing tourism opportunities in the state," he told reporters here Thursday.

"We are hopeful to tap into the Korean market and attract more tourists to the state with the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the chartered direct flights Seoul-Kuching-Seoul," he said.

Earlier, Manyin on behalf of the Sarawak state government and Eastar Jet's chairman Lee Sang-Jik signed the MoU at the minister's office here Thursday.

Eastar Jet, solely owned by KIC Group, made its maiden flight from Gimpo International Airport to Jeju International Airport on Jan 7 this year, and recorded the highest load factor from January to June this year in the domestic flights.

Manyin said the state would promote its golf courses here to attract golfers from South Korea to Sarawak.

"Golfing is an expensive sports in Korea. The cost of golfing for one month in Korea is equivalent to one year in Sarawak. We are targeting the eight million golfers in South Korea to play cheap golf in Kuching," he said.

Lee said Eastar Jet was planning to fly to the resort city of Miri in Sarawak.

"We are still in talks with the Sarawak state government," he said.

On the chartered direct flight Seoul-Kuching-Seoul, Lee said more than 1,300 Korean tourists have been booked in the 11 flights, scheduled between Dec 24 and January next year.

The flight frequency is one in three days.

Eastar Jet currently has a fleet of five B737s and will acquire an additional five by next year.

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All eyes on AirAsia and MAS results as others turn in losses
Friday November 20, 2009 By B.K. SIDHU

PETALING JAYA: Several regional airlines have incurred huge losses in the third quarter of this year although demand for passenger air travel is trickling in, and it will be interesting to see what financial numbers the local carriers will report this week and next.

For AirAsia Bhd, analysts are upbeat that its financial results for the third quarter (Q3) ended September 30, 2009 will be good but they cannot say the same for Malaysia Airlines (MAS), even though the latter is expected to show better financial numbers for its fourth quarter.

“AirAsia’s financial numbers for Q3 should be pretty strong,’’ said an analyst. The airlines’s passenger growth in Q3 was said to be stable, with load factor at about 75.4%.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, in an SMS reply, said Q3 was always the weakest quarter “but we are happy with the results’’. The airline will release its results today.

For the first half-year ended June 30, AirAsia’s net profit was RM342mil on revenue of RM1.37bil. For Q2, it was RM139mil and RM657mil respectively. Analysts project RM513mil net profit and RM2.7bil sales for the full year.

As for MAS, an analyst is of the view that the airline may not be able to break even.

“But if it just managed to break even in Q3, it would be good for the airline,’’ he said, citing international traffic decline as a reason.

MAS reported a net profit of RM876mil, aided by RM1.34bil derivative gains on fuel hedging, for its second quarter ended June 30, 2009. Operationally, it reported a loss of RM420mil while revenue was at RM2.56bil.

MAS, in its profit projections to Bursa Malaysia, said in a worst-case scenario, it may report a loss of RM499mil to a net income of RM50mil. In the best-case scenario, the profit could be between RM501mil and RM1bil.

“It is a tough environment (in which airlines are operating),’’ said MAS managing director and CEO Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin.

“Yields are under pressure and airlines are pressured to keep fares low,’’ he told StarBiz recently.

On his expectation for the Q3 results, he said: “It should be better than the second quarter.’’ MAS is slated to release its results in the middle of next week.

Last week, Asia’s largest airline, Singapore Airlines, announced its first quarterly loss since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in 2003 with a US$221.7mil operating loss and US$213.3mil net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2009.

This was due to the devastating combination of the global economic downturn, the outbreak of Influenza A(H1N1) and large fuel hedging losses.

Thai Airways International slipped to a net loss of US$121.5mil in Q3 2009, due predominantly to foreign exchange losses and falling passenger yields.

The International Air Transport Association reported a miniscule 0.3% rise in international traffic for September even though the month is normally a busy period for business travel. Premium traffic fell 13.9% in September compared with a year earlier.

Rising fuel prices and a weakened dollar will also remain a concern, going forward, for airlines.
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Airport rivalry heats up, cash perks for airlines
Friday November 20, 2009
Friday Reflections - By B.K. Sidhu

AIRPORT management business has never been so competitive.

Over the last decade, airports are forced to knock on airline doors to lure them to fly into their airports. This is a major shift in the way airports market themselves globally.

It comes as no surprise when Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) announced that it is offering cash perks to airlines to bring in more passengers. The amount may only be RM10-RM25 per passenger but it is more the gesture of goodwill to help airlines ride through the turbulent times and help them reduce their cost.

For MAHB, the dent to its bottomline for giving out cash incentive is RM25mil to RM30mil, something which it can manage given the rise in non-aeronautical revenues.

This is notwithstanding the fact that Malaysia’s airport charges are the lowest in the region, if not the world. Airlines pay much less in landing and parking fees here than anywhere else.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) lauds MAHB’s efforts as it sees it as a pro-active action to provide support to the industry. IATA hopes other airports will emulate what MAHB is doing.

Indeed, other airports are already giving out cash. The difference here is that they have remained silent about it but MAHB is loud in its announcement.

Singapore’s Changi is known in the airline fraternity to be an airport that gives out cash in the form of marketing/promotional incentives and the amount that some airlines get is significant.

Analysts believe AirAsia Bhd will be the biggest beneficiary for the cash perks that MAHB is dishing out since this low cost carrier is aggressive in its expansion in terms of routes and frequencies.

MAHB is doing it to reward airlines that continue to support the airport operator, including foreign airlines that have continued to be loyal to Malaysia. These airlines can easily shift operations to Changi or Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi but have remained committed during good and turbulent times.

It is also about competition. KL International Airport also has to offer something to remain relevant as it is up against Changi and Suvarnabhumi. These airports are savvy and will do a lot to attract airlines, more so as they have the transit traffic that an airline looks for when flying into a particular point.

Suvarnabhumi and Changi are two of the top 30 busiest airports in the world. They stand at 20th and 21st on the list, each handling about 38 million passengers a year.

In comparison, KLIA handled 28 million passengers last year. KLIA has 55 airlines operating from its base and these two airports have much more.

The world’s busiest airport is US-based Atlanta, which handled 88 million passengers for the 12 months ended July 2009 followed by London’s Heathrow with 65 million passengers, according to data compiled by the Airports Council International.

Even Jakarta is on that list at number 28, handling 33 million passengers.

Hopefully this and the other incentives MAHB is offering will allow it to lure more airlines to KLIA but Malaysia as a country will have to look at more than just airport incentives.

Perhaps it’s time to look at how we market ourselves as a tourist destination overseas – some tuning and refining may help and bring more airlines and tourists to the country. We must not forget that KLIA is competing with over 1,600 airports in the world for tourists.

B.K. SIDHU is deputy news editor and for now she is more interested in checking out bargains during the Malaysia Year End Sale 2009.
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