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Old January 25th, 2010, 05:06 PM   #661
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MAHB, GMR ink technical services pact
Published: 2010/01/25

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said it signed a preliminary agreement to provide technical services to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.

The accord will allow Malaysia Airports to “further explore and venture in commercial opportunities with” GMR “particularly for the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad,” the company said in a statement today. - Bloomberg
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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #662
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Melaka Government Offers To Take Over Management Of Airport Terminal
27 Jan 2010

MELAKA, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- The Melaka government has expressed interest to take over the management of the new RM190 milion international airport terminal in Batu Berendam here.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the state government and its partner, Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, had forwarded the offer to the present operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

"The joint takeover plan has been submitted to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister's Department," he told reporters at Seri Negeri Wednesday.

The EPU's response was that the proposed takeover should be negotiated with MAHB for agreement, he said.

Senai Airport Terminal Services is the first independent air operator in Malaysia and has been running the Senai Airport terminal since 2003.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to officiate the Melaka International Airport on Feb 4.

The airport has a new 7,000 sq m terminal complete with various facilities to handle domestic and international flights. It now has the capacity to receive 1.5 million passengers annually compared with only 300,000 previously, and the main target is health tourists from Indonesia.

Ali said he had discussed the matter with MAHB Managing Director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad.

If successful, he said, the joint venture between the state government and Senai Airport Terminal Services planned to reduce the airport tax which currently stood at RM52 per passenger.

"RM52 is too high for low fare airline AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines to operate using the Melaka airport," he said.

He said MAHB had given a RM25 discount for the first year and RM12 for the second year from the original charge of RM52 for AirAsia to operate at the Melaka airport but the airline's request was RM8 for each passenger.

"At the same time, AirAsia has also offered to manage the Melaka airport terminal," Ali said.

He said the state government's strategy to attract airline companies to use the airport was by reducing airport charges.

Only Riau Airlines presently uses the airport for daily flights between Melaka and Pekanbaru in Riau, Indonesia.

-- BERNAMA
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Old February 5th, 2010, 11:37 AM   #663
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Make Malacca airport soar
Friday February 5, 2010

MALACCA: The Malacca Government has been asked to formulate strategies to promote the new Malacca International Airport as the main gateway for visitors from neighbouring countries and to optimise its usage.

Speaking when opening the airport in Batu Berendam here, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the airport had modern facilities to attract tourists, including medical tourists, and investors.

“This is the advantage of having an airport. There will be an increase in the number of visitors and investors while medical tourism will also see an upturn,” he said.

Najib, who is on a one-day visit to the state, earlier arrived on a special aircraft at the airport which the Government plans to turn into a hub for medical tourism.

He said among the aspects which the state government should focus on was connectivity by attracting more airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and AirAsia to operate from there.

New destinations, such as Medan in Indonesia, should also be identified, he added. Among the earliest airlines to operate at the airport was Indonesia’s Riau Airlines, serving the Pekan Baru-Melaka sector, he said.

Najib said the “Malacca” brand was renowned internationally due to its historical heritage.

He said developing modern elements such as the airport would further put Malacca prominently on the global map, adding that the aviation sector had a huge multiplying effect to the tune of 12.5 times.

At a news conference later at Seri Bendahara, after meeting Malacca Barisan Nasional leaders, Najib was asked on the Malacca government’s proposal that the RM60mil loan from the Federal Government to upgrade the airport be converted into assistance.

“We’ll see,” Najib said, adding that it would be discussed with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said the airport would be among the busiest airports in Malaysia as there were also non-commercial flights, run by the Malaysian Flying Academy, operating there.

Last year, the Malacca airport handled 23,751 passengers.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 04:09 PM   #664
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MAHB passenger movement up 8.2% in 2009
Thursday February 11, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Total passenger movements at the airports operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) increased by 8.2% to 51.335 million in 2009 compared with 47.448 million in 2008.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, MAHB said the KL International Airport’s (KLIA) passenger movements amounted to 29.682 million last year.

This was higher by 7.8% from the 27.53 million recorded in 2008.

Meanwhile, other airports’ passenger movements in 2009 rose to 21.653 million from 19.918 million previously.

MAHB, however, said total cargo movements last year declined by 13.8% to 803.964 million kg from 932.439 million kg in 2008.

The airport operator said aircraft traffic at the KLIA rose by 7.4% to 225,251 planes in 2009 from 209,681 planes in 2008.

As for the other airports, aircraft movements rose by 8.4% to 310,542 planes compared with 286,590 planes previously. — Bernama
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MAHB may operate more Asia airports
Published: 2010/02/11

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) plans to manage another one or two airports in Asia by year-end.

"We are looking at this prospect. We will announce it once it is finalised," said managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad today.

Under its overseas operations, MAHB currently operates two airports in India and another in Turkey.

Bashir said that MAHB was aiming to achieve a four to five per cent increase in passenger travel growth from 8.2 per cent recorded last year.

"I think the industry is recovering. If you see last year, the industry started to recover over the last couple of months and we believe the recovery will carry forward this year. We are sure to see growth this year, and we are being very conservative," he said.

Bashir also said that four international airports in Malaysia being managed by MAHB have achieved platinum airport status under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) barcoded boarding passes project.

The airports concerned are the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Kuching International Airport.

With the platinum status, MAHB is playing a leading role in Asia to improve the travel experience of passengers, he said.

"We will be ensuring that other airports are barcoded by end-2010 as per IATA-mandated," he added.

Meanwhile, MAHB will be hosting Check-in Asia, the passenger and baggage processing forum for Asia Pacific travel industry stakeholders from Nov 24 to 26 this year.

The event is expected to attract more than 250 attendees and 20 exhibitors.

"MAHB values the opportunity to provide the platform for the region's air travel industry stakeholders to discuss and decide the best possible solutions regarding the evolution of their passenger and baggage processing methods and other potential systems," Bashir said.

He said with the check-in process embarking on a new era of methods, the forum will be beneficial to all industry players. -- BERNAMA
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Malaysia Airports Q4 net more than doubled
Published: 2010/02/24

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd, the airport operator, said fourth-quarter net income more than doubled to RM140.2 million from RM57.2 million a year earlier.

Revenue rose to RM476.6 million from RM354.9 million in the same three months ended Dec 31 a year ago, the company said in a statement to the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange. - Bloomberg
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Etihad to focus on building awareness in Malaysian market
Published: 2010/03/01

ETIHAD Airways will focus on building its awareness in the Malaysian market this year, given its relatively new presence, said Malaysian country manager Adam Phillips.

The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, which has been flying out of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport since 2007, seeks to tap the passenger travel market to Europe, by utilising its hub in Abu Dhabi.

By leveraging on its code-share agreement with Malaysia Airlines, Etihad will be able to offer the local domestic market connecting flights to Europe via a stopover in Abu Dhabi.

Both airlines signed a memorandum of understanding in 2008 to collaborate on code-sharing, frequent flyer programmes, ground and cargo handling to improve load factor, yield and opportunities to reduce cost.

Eithad, which operates a fleet of 54 aircraft, flies to 60 destinations including the Middle East, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the US, Canada and South Africa.

With an average load factor of 75 per cent, the airline will be adding another four to five Airbus aircraft this year.

Phillips said that there were no plans to add flight frequencies on top of the airline's daily flights currently between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur

"This year is about delivering on the proposition of us wanting to be a world leading airline. We are upgrading our first class with a new suite," he told Business Times at a media lunch in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Last August, Etihad unveiled its improved first class suite featuring seats that convert to fully flat beds, on demand a la carte fine dining served at a large wood-finished table, and private space with sliding doors. The investment was some US$70 million (US$1 = RM3.41).

The first aircraft to be fitted was a brand new A340-600 used to service the Abu Dhabi to London route.

An additional five A330-300 aircraft, due for delivery over the next two years, will be fitted with the new first class suites. Also, five A340-600 and three A340-500 aircraft will be retrofitted with the new first class suite this year.
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MAS drops RM124m suit against Air Maldives
Published: 2010/03/05

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) today withdrew its US$35.5 million (RM124 million) civil suit against Air Maldives (AML) filed in the Kuala Lumpur High Court in 2004 following an agreement reached with the Maldives Government two weeks ago.

Under the agreement sealed in the Maldives capital Male on Feb 14, the Maldives Government withdrew a US$90 million (RM315 million) claim filed with the Singapore-based International Court of Arbitration on March 1.

MAS officially notified Bursa Malaysia today on the out-of-court settlement between the two parties.

The agreement was reached with the Maldives authorities after a series of intense negotiations by two top MAS executives led by its General Manager of Network and Revenue Management Dr Mohd Amin Khan and General Manager of Corporate and Legal Services Dr Wafi Nazrin Abdul Hamid.

Dr Mohd Amin and Dr Wafi Nazrin were advised by MAS External Counsel Rosli Dahlan and Nadia Marni Mat Zin. The Maldives' team was led by the Minister of State for Finance and Treasury Ahmed As-ad and Attorney-General Uz Husnu Al-Suood.

MAS and AML had earlier entered into a joint-venture agreement between the Maldives Government and Naluri Corporation Bhd, a corporate vehicle of then MAS chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli.

The settlement brings to an end one of MAS' disputes. For the record, this is the second major cross-border dispute settled by MAS since last year.

It also paves the way for MAS and the Maldives Government to develop new business opportunities for the Kuala Lumpur-Male sector and other destinations in India.

In Mid-2009, the same MAS team settled another claim by a German company, ACL GmBH.

The Arbitration Tribunal in Geneva found MAS liable for breaching a 10-year cargo handling contract with the company.

The tribunal awarded 5.5 million euros (RM27.5 million) though the company had filed a claim for 63 million euros (RM315 million). -- Bernama
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Malaysia to host ’Check-In-Asia’ in Nov
Published: 2010/03/05

MALAYSIA will play host yet again to another aviation industry event, Check-In Asia, from November 24 to 26.

The event is a passenger and baggage processing forum for Asia Pacific travel industry stakeholders.

The forum will offer insight into latest check-in technologies and offer in-depth technical sessions in an interactive environment on the Fast Travel programme, which covers bag registration, document scanning, flight re-booking, self boarding and bag recovery.
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High hopes for Senai airport
By ZAZALI MUSA Friday March 5, 2010

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JOHOR BARU: Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS) wants to position and develop the Senai International Airport as one of the leading multi-modal airports in the region.

Chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman said the airport would not only provide aviation-related activities but also venture into non-aviation services.

“Airports the world over have evolved over the years and many of them have diversified into non-core activities to improve their earnings,” he said in an interview with StarBiz.

Sidik said SATS’ multi-billion ringgit Senai Aviation & Airport City, a mixed development project to be developed over 10 years, would be the growth engine for the airport and the Senai area.

Sited on 1,133ha beside the airport, its residential, hospitality and commercial components cover 323.74ha while an air cargo logistics centre and a high-tech park occupy 404.68ha each.

The entire development is undertaken by SATS’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Enigma Harmoni Sdn Bhd, and SATS subsidiary Senai Hi-Tech Park Sdn Bhd (SHTP) will operate the park.

The Senai park is Malaysia’s second high technology industrial park after Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) in Kedah and the former is helmed by the former KHTP chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Shukri Tajudin. It is probably the first integrated hi-tech park in the world connected to the airport while similar parks like those in Dubai and Frankfurt are located a distance from the airport.

To date, SHTP has received RM1.7bil investment from China-based EQ Solar Technology International Sdn Bhd to produce solar modules and RM60mil from MOX-Linde Gases Sdn Bhd, an industrial gas provider.

SHTP’s target investments are in the avionics/aeronautics industry, information technology and communications technology, including integrated circuit design, high-tech manufacturing, among others.

Opened in 1974, the Senai airport is the only one in Malaysia managed by private company SATS which took over the operations from Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd in 2003. The company is closely linked to billionaire Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary, who controls MMC Corp Bhd, which has interests in the Senai airport, the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) and Johor Port.

“When we first took over the airport, we wanted to build up the air passenger and the air cargo businesses. Years later we realised that we should also venture into the non-aviation activities,” Sidik stressed.

He said the airport’s location in the Senai-Kulai zone within Iskandar Malaysia augured well for its growth as the zone would be developed into an integrated logistic hub.
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Malaysia Airports wins CR awards
Published: 2010/03/05

a Airports Holdings Bhd has bagged two awards at the inaugural StarBiz-ICR Malaysia Corporate Responsibility Awards 2009 in the environment and community categories for companies with market capitalisation of below RM1.0 billion.

Seven companies were honoured for their exemplary corporate responsibility (CR) initiatives in the event jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and the Institute of Corporate Responsibility (ICR) Malaysia.

ICR Malaysia's chairman Datuk Johan Raslan said the awards were organised to raise the awareness of corporate responsibility as a key component of business and to emphasise that CR goes beyond narrow philanthropy or community activities.

"It is unfortunate that some companies still view CR as unwanted cost or as a gesture to please the authorities who appear committed to an international agenda," Johan said at the award ceremony in Kuala Lumpur today.

"Without a doubt, companies that want to remain competitive in a globalised business environment cannot ignore the CR agenda due to external pressure," he said.

According to Johan, good CR practices can lead to cost savings through greater innovation, improved efficiencies and better management practices.

The awards were presented by Perak Crown Prince Raja Nazrin Shah, who is also the patron.

In the marketplace category for companies with market capitalisation of below RM1.0 billion, the winner was Tex Cycle Technology (M) Bhd while Aluminium Company of Malaysia Bhd was the workplace category winner.

Telekom Malaysia Bhd clinched the community category award for companies with market capitalisation of above RM1.0 billion while the marketplace category winner was Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd.

DiGi.Com Bhd won the award in the environment category for companies with market capitalisation of above RM1.0 billion while the workplace category winner was Guinness Anchor Bhd.

This was the second year that StarBiz and ICR Malaysia had collaborated to organise the awards. -- Bernama
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Malaysian Airports: Passenger movement for January up 15pc
Tuesday March 09 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Total passenger movements at the airports operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) increased by 15 per cent to 4.36 million in January 2010 compared with 3.79 million in the same month of 2009.

In a statement here today, MAHB said the KL International Airport’s (KLIA) passenger movements rose by 19.7 per cent to 2.60 million from 2.17 million a year ago.

“International passengers at the country’s main airport went up by 26.4 per cent to 1.82 million while domestic passengers rose by 6.6 per cent to 781,474,” it said.

As for other airports, MAHB said international passenger movements added 25 per cent to 317,051 while the domestic passenger movements rose by 5.5 per cent to 1.44 million.

MAHB said overall, the other airports posted 8.6 per cent growth with 1.75 million passengers recorded in January this year.

It said total cargo volume saw an increase of 21.1 per cent to 68.99 million kg from 56.91 million kg in the same month of 2009.

Cargo movements at KLIA went up 28.3 per cent to 50.30 million kg, it said.

“International cargo movements climbed 30.5 per cent to 45.75 million kg, while domestic cargo went up 10.1 per cent to 4.54 million kg,” it said.

As for the other airports, the cargo movements went up by 5.6 per cent to 18.692 million kg with international cargo movements up 5.8 per cent to 11.13 million kg and domestic cargo widened 5.1 per cent to 7.55 million kg, it said.

It said the number of aircraft movements also increased with KLIA recording a 7.3 per cent growth to 19,968 movements in January, while movements at other airports rose 10.8 per cent to 27,583.

“At KLIA, the international aircraft movements perked up 6.2 per cent to 12,527 while the domestic movements climbed 9.1 per cent to 7,441.

“At the other airports, international aircraft movements rose 21 per cent to 3,975, while the domestic movements rose 9.3 per cent to 23,608 movements,” it said. — Bernama
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Airline increases Penang-Guangzhou flights
Friday March 12, 2010

CHINA Southern Airlines is increasing its number of flights for the Penang-Guangzhou route and vice versa from four per week to daily flights, effective April 1.

Its general manager Terry Deng told a press conference yesterday that the rationale for increasing the number of flights was because of the region’s improved economy.

“We believe it is possible now to increase passenger traffic to Penang from Guangzhou and vice versa. Our move will also enable us to attract more passengers from Indonesia and Thailand,” he said.

Also present at the press conference were Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and state Tourism Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law.

Deng said the airline was targeting to fly 2,000 passengers daily on the Penang-Guangzhou route, compared to over 1,000 presently.

He also said the new arrival time in Penang, starting next month, would be 8.35pm instead of the present 11pm.

“The change is to allow our passengers time to travel out of Penang.

“The new arrival time in Guangzhou is being shifted to 12.55pm instead of noon presently to cut short the transit time for our passengers,” he said.
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Indonesian Airport - Paul Andreu

Sorry guys. Apology for non-related interruption.

Just a word of warning for those who plan to travel to Jakarta.

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Dear Administrator,

I am a member of the Indonesian Forum with interests in Urban Infrastructure and Aviation. Unfortunately for some hilarious reasons, I was banned by one of the Indonesian moderators, D***d-80.

I have never been impolite or even use strong language. The harshest
word I used was 'P*ss Off' -which I believe isn’t as severe as the ‘F’
variety- to some members who laugh and made joke at the expense of low
skilled migrant workers who returned from years slaving abroad, only to be
robbed by local corrupt immigration and customs officials. Which is a
very common and acceptable practices in Indonesia.

I believe my being barred was also triggered by my realistic reports of the sorry
state of Indonesia’s main gateway, Soekarno-Hatta International
Airport. From the way the immigration officers attempts to extract
monies from me for being Part European (or from anyone of non-native origin as people in general have the view that foreigners are cashcows), to the severe lack of hygiene in the toilets, which is unexpected for an 'International' Airport. My experience was exacerbated by my being mobbed by aggressive taxi touts and being stalked by underage beggars at the International Arrival Hall.

Paul Andreu, one of the best architects in the world specializing in
Airport infrastructures, designed the Airport about two decades ago as
a sophisticated representation of local architecture. Unfortunately,
the local management have never use proper planning & blue print for
the infrastructure expansions since. So instead of extending based on
the existing original structure and architecture, they just attach a
completely new buildings with no visual correlation whatsoever
(Imagine adding concrete blocks to Versailles Palace). Apparently,
again, such thoughtless action is a common practice in Indonesia.
Nonetheless, when interviewed on the reason of the service flow and
architectural chaos at the Airport, the management outrageously blamed
and dismissed the original principal architect (in this case Monsieur
Andreu) as ‘unsuitable’ for the project.

Back to my being banned from the forum, I noticed they do this a lot
in local websites where objectivity is not a standard, and
intellectual immaturity rules. Just like most things in Indonesia, the
people in power are very likely to abuse their authority. And this is
a very low and basic sample. But if I am not mistaken, Skyscrapercity
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Old March 16th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #675
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I m sorry.. i don't see the point of your posting in this Malaysian airport branch?

Perhaps u are genuine in your intention, as to warn future visitors to CGK of the possible setbacks/difficulties that one might encounter upon arrival. If that is the case, then I say, thank you.

I can't believe i m doing this, but allow me to write something, in defense of Indonesia airport!

I am regular traveler to Indonesia - my annual holiday has always been Bali, and every now and then, I flew to Jakarta from KL for business. While it is not a monument of glass and steel like KLIA or Suvarnabhumi, i always find CGK to be charming and a fitting tribute to the cultural diversity that is Indonesia. Plus, the airport is fairly small and easy to navigate, and the cleanlines (at least on the airside) is pretty acceptible too. And finally, I am not entirely bothered by the taxi touts and the beggars, because I only consider them to be a minor annoyance, rather than a real problem.

You are too harsh on your airport. Chill down, and give them some chance okay
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Old March 17th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #676
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Airport @ Layang Layang island
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Underwater sanctuary Layang-Layang
Situated just over 300km northwest of Sabah's capital Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea, Pulau Layang-Layang (Layang-layang Island) is an isolated atoll-like ring of 13 linked coral reefs. The whole island is only 7.5km long and two km wide. Due to its remoteness, the Layang-Layang reefs are pristine with superb visibility. Steep walls provide spectacular diving down to a great depth, and attract pelagic species such as Barracuda, Bigeye Trevally and Sharks.
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MAHB eyes RM430m from non-aero ops
Published: 2010/03/31

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects revenue from its non-aeronautical business to increase by 20 per cent to RM430 million from RM350 million last year, its chief financial officer Faizal Mansor said.

Among others, MAHB is increasing the retail space and product mix at its airports, he said on the sideline of Invest Malaysia 2010 in Kuala Lumpur today.

Meanwhile, managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said passenger tariff is expected grow better than the 4-5 per cent projected for 2010.

"There was 30 per cent increase in January-February this year compared with the first two months of last year and hopefully the momentum stays."

He also said there has been request for MAHB to manage two airports in Asia, but declined to reveal details. -- Bernama
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Sungai Besi airport to be redeveloped
MARHALIM ABAS Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 12:59:00



ON STANDBY: A Nuri helicopter belonging to
the 10th Squadron on the tarmac at the airport


KUALA LUMPUR: Plans to redevelop the Kuala Lumpur airport, better known as the Sungai Besi airport, into a commercial business hub, complete with a heliport, have been revived, although it is unclear when the project will take off.

Defence industry sources told The Malay Mail that stakeholders operating at the 162ha historical airport, also known as Simpang Airport, had been informed of plans to redevelop the area by the government.

It is expected the government will tender the project out to the private sector but no deadline has been set.

Simpang is the country’s first international airport. It served as the main air link from 1952 till 1965, when the Subang airport was opened.

It was originally used as an airstrip in the 1930s but was turned into an airport after World War II.

Both Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal claimed they were not aware of any redevelopment plans for the airport.

The Paper That Cares was informed that the airport’s operator, the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) — which designated the area as the KL air base — had conducted a feasibility study to determine its need and options for a relocation exercise to make way for redevelopment.

The sources said initial results of the study showed the air force “has no operational reasons to object to the relocation”.

The Malay Mail was also informed that another unit based at the airport, the police air wing, is prepared to move out “as soon as our new facilities are completed”.

Apart from RMAF and the police air wing, the air unit of the Fire and Rescue Deparment (Bomba) also operates from the airport, as well as the Royal Selangor Flying Club with its fleet of three Cessna aircraft and a Robinson R44 Raven helicopter.

The biggest hindrance to the relocation exercise, according to the sources, will be the cost of constructing new facilities for users relocating from the airport after new sites are identified.

The sources said building new facilities would probably cost the government “hundred of millions, or even billions of ringgit”, which may prove to be the biggest obstacle to the redevelopment plans.

Sources said the huge cost of relocation was one reason why redevelopment plans in the past never took off.

Previously, plans by the authorities to turn the airport into a civil helicopter hub was turned down by the military due to fears of security breaches. Development plans around the airport had also been severely curtailed due to the height restriction imposed by aviation authorities.

A high-ranking serving officer told The Paper That Cares: “We have heard of the same plans before but they never took off. This time around, it sounds serious, but I don’t think it will occur within the next five years.”

The Malay Mail was informed that the RMAF relocation will be the most expensive as it has two operational command headquarters operating from the airbase — the No 1 Air Division and the Air Logistics headquarters.

The 10th Squadron, which keep Nuri and Blackhawk helicopters for utility and VVIP purposes, and the Aerospace Medical Institute are also located at the base, as well as the RMAF museum.

It is envisioned that both the command headquarters will be moved to the Subang airbase, together with a medical institute.

Sources said that it has not been decided where the 10th Squadron will be relocated to. The air force may be able to construct a new airbase at the Jugra air station, which now has designated landing zones for helicopters only.

Both the police air wing and the Bomba air unit are expected to be relocated to the Subang airport if the redevelopment proceeds as planned.

Details of this airport’s redevelopment remains sketchy but The Malay Mail was informed that the 1,119m long runway would be scrapped, leaving only the airport terminal building as the centrepiece of the new development.

The historical building will serve as the terminal for a heliport. The nine-hole golf course, which only caters to armed forces personnel and club members, is expected to be retained and may even be extended to make it a standard-size course.

A new station for the Express Rail Link and the KTMB Komuter lines, which run parallel to the airport, is also expected to be built.
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Airport @ Redang island, Terengganu



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