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Old April 11th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #681
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MAHB: Land lease not the issue
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2010/04/12



Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) (5014) 25-year land lease with the government will not be an issue when it comes to roping in partners to develop the land.

MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said the airport operator's new agreement with the government allows it to negotiate for a longer lease tenure for commercial development, on a case-by- case basis.

Some quarters have commented that commercial developments normally need a longer period to see returns in investment, thus a 25-year lease period is too short a period to make it an attractive investment for property developers.

"There was a need to keep the tenure for the airport (operating) lease short to enable quicker settlement of payments due to the government. However, in regard to land for commercial development, there was an understanding that the extension of the tenure for specific proposals could be extended on a case-by-case basis. We don't think that it would a problem," Bashir said.

MAHB's land lease agreement with the government was drawn to coincide with its operating licence for KLIA, which runs for 25 years.
A clause was however inserted, giving MAHB the option to request for an extension of land lease with the government, of not more than 60 years, for commercial development purposes.

Under its recently revealed five-year development plan, MAHB will develop a 1,092-hectare site into a commercial hub which includes a Commercial Business District, KLIA MSC Free Zone, theme park and golf course.

The airport operator also changed its earlier strategy, by looking for partners rather than asking for request for proposals from interested parties.

"We don't mind taking a small stake in the developments, but essentially we would like it to be built and operated by third parties," Bashir said.

While MAHB has outlined a number of developments that it believes will add value to its airport operations, Bashir said things could still change, should better ideas be proposed.

MAHB has allocated RM400 million for capital expenditure this year, excluding its investments in the new low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs) and the Penang International Airport.

It plans to raise around RM2.5 billion to finance the development of the new LCCT by June this year.
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By Philip Wong 15 March 2009

Federal govt has approved project with first allocation of RM75 million under second package stimulus: Lau

SIBU: Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew was confident that the extension work on Sibu Airport Terminal will start soon.

Lau said the federal government has approved the project with the first allocation of RM75 million to be released soon under the second package stimulus.

“If everything goes as planned, it will not be long before work on the extension commences.”

He said this at the opening of Kohler showroom at Jalan Lanang here yesterday morning.

Among those who turned up for the event were Derrick Tay, president of Asia Pacific Region Kitchen and Bath Group, Kohler Co; Crwn Idea advisor Yek Tiew Chiong; Crwn Idea (Bintulu) Sdn Bhd managing director Andy Yek; Crwn Idea Miri branch manager Eric Yek and Crwn Idea Sibu branch managing director Marcus Yek.

Lau said he has no idea when the tender would be called but was confident it would be implemented soon.

He said Sibu Barisan Nasional team under the leadership of Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh had worked hard to get the approval for the extension of Sibu Airport Terminal.

“Wong (Dato Sri Wong), myself and Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King have seen the prime minister and deputy prime minister and the duo promised to look into the project as a priority in Sibu.”

Lau said he will make sure the extended airport becomes one of the most environment friendly in Malaysia with escalators, lifts and other basic amenities.

“We have already relayed the basic requirements to the designers and hopefully, when completed, Sibu Airport Terminal will be ranked one of the most friendly in the country.”

Earlier Lau said Kohler was a brand in US known for its quality innovatively-designed and environment-friendly kitchen and bathroom products.

He said American culture may not always be applicable here but when it comes to products, there is lot for us to emulate, and he was certain that Kohler could improve the quality of life for users of its products.
8 shortlisted for RM150m Sibu Airport upgrade
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2010/04/12
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The companies include Trans Resources, IJM Corp, Gamuda, Muhibbah Engineering and diversified Kuching-based Musyati

Eight companies have been shortlisted to bid for a contract worth some RM150 million to upgrade the main terminal building and parking apron at Sibu Airport in Sarawak.

The companies include Trans Resources Corp Group, IJM Corp Bhd, Gamuda Bhd, Muhibbah Engineering Bhd and diversified Musyati Sdn Bhd, which is based in Kuching.

Business Times understands the eight were shortlisted as they had met the technical requirements and have built or upgraded airports previously.

A source familiar with the plan said the deadline for the companies to put in their bid is May 20.

"The contract may be awarded latest by July. The government wants the airport to be upgraded fast as Sibu is experiencing growth in tourist arrivals," the source said.

Sibu receives a large number of tourists each year from local and foreign countries.

In 2008, the airport, which is located 24km from Sibu town, handled 831,772 passengers on 14,672 flights and 735 tonnes of cargo.

As the second biggest town in Sarawak, Sibu does not want to be left behind in the fast developing state.

According to Malaysian Airports Holdings Bhd in previous reports, the terminal building, when upgraded, would be bigger than the Bintulu and Miri airports.

The terminal will have, among others, three aerobridges so that the distance for passengers to walk to and from the aircraft can be shortened.

Sibu Airport started operations in June 1994. It was built by YTL Corp Bhd at a cost of RM112 million.

The airport can accommodate small and mid-range aircraft like the Boeing 737-500. The 2,000-metre runway is capable of allowing direct flights from Kuala Lumpur using Boeing 737s.

The runway was last upgraded in 1999 by IJM Corp.
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Security upgrade at Penang airport
Monday April 12, 2010



The wall: The newly-erected glass partition
at the Penang International Airport.


IN a move to further tighten security at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas, the authorities have put up a glass partition between the domestic and international lounges to segregate the movement of air travellers.

Work on the glass partition was completed recently.

Penang Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad airport manager Abdul Wahab Mohd Yusof said the move to have the glass partition was to also ensure easier and speedy screening, and faster movement of passengers for their domestic or international flights.

Previously, both the domestic and international passengers shared a common lounge as well as security check- point.

He said Gate 8 and Gate 10 are now strictly used for international flights while others are for domestic and connection flights.

“The new security arrangement is part of the airport extension plan,” he said.

Abdul Wahab said Penang airport was recently declared as the safest in the country by police following measures to upgrade its security.

“We are constantly looking at ensuring and maintaining high security in view of the global threats against the aviation industry,” he said.

Abdul Wahab said with the increase in flight routes in view of the “open skies” policy among Asian nations, there was a need to ensure that security was also beefed up.
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Lahad Datu In Dire Need Of New Airport, Says Abdul Rahim
April 23, 2010 20:50 PM

LAHAD DATU, April 23 (Bernama) -- Being one of the fastest developing districts in Sabah, Lahad Datu is in dire need of a new airport to meet the rising demand for air service from people in the area.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said the existing airport had become too congested and uncomfortable and did not meet the international airport safety standard.

"The (existing) airport is no longer safe. It doesn't meet the standard set by the Aviation Certification and Interoperability Office (ACIO).

"So, a new airport for Lahad Datu is indeed a priority," he told reporters after visiting the proposed site for the new airport in Silabukan, about 25km from here, on Friday.

Earlier, Abdul Rahim was briefed on the proposed site by Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad general manager Abdul Nasir Razak. The other proposed site is in Sandau, about 35km from here.

Apart from safety factor, Abdul Rahim said the new airport was vital in view of the increasing number of passengers, besides the population of Lahad Datu which now numbered over 300,000.

He said based on the initial technical report, the proposed site in Silabukan was deemed suitable and strategic for the purpose.

"This is because Silabukan is located between Tungku, Felda Sahabat town and Lahat Datu, is near the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster area and Tabin Forest Reserve, and is linked by a good road system," he explained.

He said the community leaders in Lahad Datu, including its member of parliament and assemblymen, had unanimously agreed that a new airport be built in Silabukan.

Hence, he hoped the proposal to build the new airport would be submitted fast to the State Economic Planning Unit to be forwarded to the Federal Economic Planning Unit and listed in the 10th Malaysia Plan.

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AirAsia X welcomes MAS’ invitation to be co-pilot
By Azran Osman-RaniPublished: 2010/05/06

CEO Azran Osman-Rani says whether the routes AirAsia X is allowed to operate overlap with those of MAS should not even be an issue. AirAsia X serves the underserved; legacy carriers serve the elite

We welcome the assertion by Tengku Datuk Azmil Zaharuddin, the managing director and chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) that “Malaysia needs a clear aviation policy — one that offers real choices to consumers and that benefits the country” (Starbizweek, May 1, 2010, headlined: To compete and collaborate…MAS and AirAsia X should co-pilot efforts to achieve nation’s aspirations.”).

It is good to know that MAS is willing to join hands with us to work with the government on delineating such a policy and ensuring free and fair competition on a level playing field (which Tengku Azmil says MAS welcomes).

The whole idea, of course, is that consumers should gain and Malaysia can benefit from increased tourist arrivals. Tourism is listed as one of the National Key Economic Areas. And according to a study commissioned by Khazanah Nasional, the Malaysian aviation sector has a multiplier effect of 12 on the national economy. Hence, a clear aviation policy, overseen by an independent regulator, provides strategic benefits to a nation’s economy as a whole.

It is in this context that we would like to respond to the article by Tengku Azmil. There are several specific points he raised that we take issue with and whose accuracy we question, but we will limit our response to the broader issues.
First and foremost, let’s be clear that MAS and AirAsia X serve very different market segments. We are a low-cost carrier (LCC); MAS is a legacy carrier. Thus, whether the routes we are allowed to operate overlap with those of MAS should not even be an issue. We serve the underserved; legacy carriers serve the elite (those wanting premium lounges, unlimited servings of food and drinks, etc.).

A four-member Malaysian family whose monthly household income is less than RM3,000 will find it difficult if not impossible to travel to, say, Sydney on a legacy carrier at present. Neither is an Australian family with a similar sort of income going to be able to visit Malaysia. But those families may be able to do so if they are given the choice of flying a LCC. In short, AirAsia X grows the market.

Here are the facts:

1. Markets have grown significantly wherever AirAsia X has been allowed to fly, even when in parallel to MAS


In 2009, annual passenger volume grew significantly on routes that AirAsia X operates in parallel with MAS. Perth (66 per cent), Melbourne (41 per cent), London (31 per cent) and Taipei (57 per cent since July 2009). This contrasts starkly with long-haul routes where we did not fly. Sydney (-20 per cent), Seoul (-13 per cent), New Delhi (-20 per cent), Tokyo (-10 per cent), Osaka (-16 per cent), Paris (-15 per cent). Clearly, we have been able to tap new segments and made it possible for new passengers to travel on the routes we operate.

Interestingly, even when Jetstar was allowed to compete with MAS on the Kuala Lumpur-Sydney route, passenger volume grew by 22 per cent during the one year they operated, compared with the previous year.

Beyond passenger volumes, inbound tourists have also grown from markets which AirAsia X operates. Tourism Malaysia data records the following growth in 2009: Australia (+25 per cent), the UK (+17 per cent), China (+7 per cent) and Taiwan (+4 per cent). In contrast, markets that we have not operated shrank: South Korea (-15 per cent) and Japan (-9 per cent).

It is unfortunate that MAS tried to assert that AirAsia X carries mainly transit passengers that do not contribute to Malaysia’s tourism. They wrongly referred to a statis-tic that does not measure transit passengers, but passengers that have another flight up to 14 days later. Many of our passengers who take AirAsia flights to Penang, Pulau Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu are bona fide tourists, as are those that stay in KL for two to 14 days before taking another flight, as part of the growing multi-destination trend brought about by AirAsia’s low regional fares.

In fact, a more robust analysis using like-for-like data sources such as Australia’s passenger arrival data or the PaxIS (passenger intelligence services) data quoted by MAS will show that MAS carries a much higher share of transit passengers that arrive via their Australian flights and connect straight to Europe or India — e.g. MAS transit passengers from Melbourne are 67 per cent, Perth 61 per cent and Sydney 59 per cent, compared with AirAsia X carrying 28-33 per cent transit passengers.

2. The biggest market growth opportunity for Malaysia is from key trunk routes, and not 34 peripheral cities.

With limited valuable aircraft capacity, Malaysia needs to smartly deploy it to the markets with the biggest unserved demand. Why does Changi have the biggest gains in passenger volumes compared with KLIA? There are more than double the flights flying to and from cities like Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, Beijing and Seoul which results in over 3.2 million more passengers. In contrast, there is only a net gap of 224,000 from the 34 peripheral cities MAS is suggesting. Would Malaysians want more flights to Sydney or Jeddah, or would they want Almaty, Tashkent, Ashgabat, Sana’a, Peshawar, Mahe, Port Moresby, Darwin, Pyongyang, Dili, Changsha? Where is Malaysia realistically going to get the most economic benefit? MAS itself has withdrawn from several of the cities that it is now suggesting AirAsia X should operate.

Singapore succeeds because it allows competition to thrive. It is misleading to say Tiger Airways and SIA do not compete, citing a 17 per cent overlap based on SIA’s route network. Please check Tiger Airways’ IPO Prospectus report dated 13 January 2010. They fly to 20 destinations, and compete head-to-head with SIA/SilkAir on 75 per cent of the routes. They explicitly mention on page 19 that they regard SIA as a significant competitor and neither coordinate routes nor have any commercial cooperation agreements with SIA. They don’t fly long-haul because they choose not to do so, not because of any policy to discourage overlapping. Countries like Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Taiwan and South Korea all encourage significant route overlaps among their local airlines.

When we add more flights to Melbourne, more people do indeed choose to fly from KL instead of Singapore or Bangkok. Here are the 2009 annual passenger growth rates from Australian Immigration data: Melbourne: +47 per cent from KL vs zero per cent from Singapore and -2 per cent from Bangkok; Perth: +67 per cent from KL, vs -2 per cent from Singapore and -8 per cent from Bangkok. In contrast, Sydney: -19 per cent from KL, vs -3 per cent from Singapore and -5 per cent from Bangkok.

How many people flew from Malaysia to Sydney in 2008 that did not use MAS? A total of 86,612 according to the authoritative Australian Passenger Arrival card data.

3. We should not be distracted by irrelevant assertions

MAS makes a big hue and cry about AirAsia X cancelling a service to Abu Dhabi and not flying on some routes where we were granted approvals. How does MAS itself justify cutting many routes and not flying to many cities for which it has approval? Let’s name just a few: New York, Stockholm, Manchester, Vienna, Zurich, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Cairo, Ahmadebad, Darwin, Xian, Chengdu.

AirAsia X has also invested in starting new routes, including Gold Coast, Tianjin, Hangzhou, and restarted Chengdu. These are big cities and destinations in their own right. MAS is being disingenuous in portraying these new routes as the same as flying to Brisbane, Beijing or Shanghai (each of which is at least 100 kilometres away from the abovementioned airports). But if MAS insists on claiming they are the same, perhaps MAS would be willing to swap slots and allow us to fly to Brisbane, Beijing or Shanghai instead?

Other factual inaccuracies that need to be corrected:

AirAsia X does fly to Tianjin. We received formal approval for seven times weekly services to Seoul from the Ministry of Transport on April 14 2010. We have not received approval for Paris-Orly. We never applied for Male in the Maldives. That was AirAsia Bhd.

Finally, the issue of Rural Air Services is also irrelevant. The operations by Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) were fully audited by Jabatan Audit Negara and no anomalies or irregularities were found. FAX did not make any gain as all government funds were used to cover expenses, which incidentally were higher because of (a) higher global fuel prices, (b) higher service charges by MAS engineering services and pilots, and (c) higher aircraft lease rates charged by Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd, MAS’ parent company.

To be utterly frank: Indonesia allows Lion Air to compete with Garuda to fly to Jeddah to give more options for people to perform the Haj and Umrah; Singapore allows multiple airlines to fly the same routes and achieves success; and Malaysia has no issue with foreign-owned airlines such as Jetstar and Emirates operating the same routes as MAS to Australia. So, why is MAS creating a furore over a Malaysian-owned airline, AirAsia X, flying to Sydney?

Yes, AirAsia X is aggressive and outspoken. That’s because we are deeply passionate about what we do: growing the travel and tourism industry, innovating and breaking down barriers to make it more affordable for everyone to fly. The data and evidence conclusively prove the benefits to the Malaysian economy and to consumers of allowing competition – not just in aviation but in any industry.
Yes, we will become a “co-pilot” and fly to Sydney and Jeddah together with MAS. And together we will help boost the Malaysian economy.

Azran Osman-Rani is the chief executive officer of AirAsia X Sdn Bhd.

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Maskargo signs aircraft lease pact
Published: 2010/05/0

MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (Maskargo) and US air cargo carrier Southern Air Inc today entered into a multi-year, multi-aircraft lease agreement.

Maskargo managing director Shahari Sulaiman said Southern Air would initially provide three Boeing 747 freighter aircraft along with crew, maintenance and insurance.

"Maskargo also has an option to lease up to five aircraft, which will provide additional flexibility to meet its customers' growing demand for additional lift capacity and to develop the ability to service new markets," he said at the signing ceremony in Sepang.

The contract period is from May 2010 to the end of next year.

Shahari said it was anticipated that "we will be requiring a fourth aircraft by July with an option to increase to five units if there is commercial justification to do so".

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Low-cost carriers to use Malacca airport after all
BY ALLISON LAI and CINDY TAN Tuesday May 11, 2010
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MALACCA: The recently opened RM190mil Malacca International Airport will finally see international low-cost carriers using the airport here following earlier worries that it will become a white elephant.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam announced that both Firefly and AirAsia would make their debut at the airport soon.

Firefly had agreed to have chartered flights to Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia from here beginning May 28 following successful negotiations with Puteri Holiday Resort, he told reporters this after chairing the state exco meeting here recently.

He said Firefly would provide the flights with the resort arranging tours between Medan and Malacca.

“The inaugural flight will take off from the airport here on Friday morning and return on Sunday evening,” he said, adding that Firefly would later provide regular flights based on response.

Mohd Ali said AirAsia had also given positive indication to using the airport for regular flights to Penang and Medan in the near future.

“I have spoken to Datuk Tony Fernandes who said that the company will brief the state in two weeks’ time when they will begin their operations here,” he said.

The airport had undergone a RM131mil project to extend the runway with a second extension and upgrading works carried out to enable it to cater to Boeing 737A and Airbus 320A.

Covering 7,000sqm, the airport’s new terminal has facilities for domestic and international flights and can handle 1.5 million passengers annually.

The renovated airport was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Feb 4.
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Upgrading work on Sibu Airport to be completed by end of 2012
May 11, 2010, Tuesday



Sibu - gateway to the hinterland of the Rejang River,
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SIBU: Work on the proposed RM150 million Sibu Airport upgrading project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said yesterday.

Scheduled for tender in July this year, he said the enhancement work should take at least two years to give the airport a new image and improve its services.

“The airport will be upgraded in two years’ time and with this, it is hoped that more flights will land in Sibu,” he told a dialogue session with members of the United Chinese Association (UCA) at Wisma UCA here.

On a request by UCA president Datuk Lau Nai Hoh, Ong pledged that his ministry would look into more direct flights from Sibu to Kota Kinabalu (KK), Johor Bahru (JB) and Singapore.

He, however, pointed out that the volume of passengers was the major cause of concern for the government to initiate more direct flights to the various destinations.

“More direct flights are being planned for Sibu and we have no problem opening up more points. The key is that we need airlines to operate the routes.”

According to Lau, businessmen and travellers here flying to Singapore have to put up with four-hour transit time at Kuching International Airport before reaching the ultimate destination.

He said this had caused inconvenience to them.

Ong said the government was in the midst of amending the contract for rural air services (RAS) to offer enhanced air connectivity.

“We need to redefine ‘rural’ as Sibu is a town and KK a city. Due to this RAS, the Sibu-KK direct flight by AirAsia was suspended. The amendment to the contract has now come to a final phase,” he added.

In a memorandum handed to Ong, Lau urged the federal government to reinstate the AirAsia Sibu-KK direct flight and increase more direct flights to Sibu for the betterment of the tourism industry.

Lau reasoned that the suspension of AirAsia Sibu-KK direct flight had caused great inconvenience to travellers of the two spots.

“Businessmen having the need to travel from Sibu to JB and vice versa on a frequent basis find it very inconvenient, so do tourists,” he pointed out.

He added that it would boost the tourism industry if the government could increase more direct flights for Sibu-Singapore route and more importantly, to meet the demand of the local communities.

Among those present was Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Senator Heng Seai Kie.
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Pangkor island
Perak



An idyllic and beautiful island resort for a carefree and relaxing holiday

Off the coast of perak State, north of Selangor , lies a cluster of fabulous
islands with unquestionably some of the best coves and beaches on the
western coast of peninsular Malaysia. Among them, two islands predominate
in terms of accessibility, infrastructure and development - the largest island,
Pangkor and her sister Pangkor Laut. Those who are not familiar with the
geographical locations generally confuse the two.







Forty minutes by ferry from Lumut, the popular island resort of Pulau Pangkor
(Pangkor Island) welcomes visitors with its serene golden beaches,
crystalline blue waters, and cool refreshing breezes. Located about 90km
south west of lpoh, it is largely inhabited by fisherfolk.

They live in scattered fishing settlements along the coast especially on
the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik, and their catch
comprises mainly cuttlefish and anchovy. The modern facilities make it an
ideal gateway. A wide range of sun and sea activities are available such as
scuba diving, wind-surfing, fishing, snorkelling.





Pangkor Laut Resort



Pangkor Airport to remain open
By Vasantha GanesanPublished: 2010/05/14

PANGKOR Airport will remain open to provide general and corporate air services, although there is no commercial flight in and out of the island, says the airport operator's top official.

"The airport will continue to be open, but without commercial services for the moment ... we will keep it open until further notice," Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) group managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad told Business Times.

On May 3, Berjaya Air Sdn Bhd ceased flying to Pangkor from Subang after a decade of air services to the island, saying the route was not profitable.

Moreover, only its 48-seater Dash 7 could land on the island and the same aircraft was used to ply other routes.
The suspension would help Berjaya Air avoid flight cancellations and delays.

Berjaya Air is also planning to replace its Dash 7 with ATRs, as spare parts for the former are scarce.

However, it has indicated that it may consider returning to Pangkor should the runway be extended.

But Bashir said that there are no plans to extend the runway for now. "Currently there is no plan for a runway extension but minor repair works will continue," he added.

With Berjaya confirming its withdrawal, Bashir said it would have to wait and see whether any other interested party would like to operate the commercial services.

Meanwhile, the airport can still be used by the Ipoh Flying Club for training as well as charter flights.

MAHB now has seven fire and rescue staff and four security staff stationed there.

"We have decided to deploy four fire and rescue staff and all security staff to other airports effective May 15," he said.

He said that the three airport personnel will be in charge of both safety and security.

"Should commercial services resume, which we hope soon, we can easily redeploy the staff to Pangkor Airport," he added.
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Firefly offers travel bargains at tourism fair
Friday May 14, 2010

PETALING JAYA: Firefly will be highlighting packages for group travels during the Malaysia Domestic Tourism Fair from today until Sunday at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Its marketing and communications head Angelina Fernandez said Firefly encouraged families and groups to explore and enjoy the variety of domestic holiday spots through its Family Holiday packages.

“In short, the more people travel together, the cheaper it will be for all. There will be a holiday package for everyone both in terms of budget and also activities,” she said in a statement.

The promotion, which starts today until Sunday, is valid for the travel period between June 14 and March 26, 2011.

Packages start as low as RM369 to Penang both ways or RM239 for a drive-your-own package to Cameron Highlands.

Another exciting bargain on offer are Firefly tickets for RM1, which are only available at the fair and can only be purchased on Firefly's new mobile phone application, Firefly Mobile.

Customers must register with Firefly Mobile at www.fireflyz.com.my/mobile and download the application to start booking, and the highest spender of the day will also be rewarded with gifts.

Travellers and holiday-makers will get more than just special packages and cheap fares from Firefly when they visit its booth.

The first 100 customers who purchase Firefly Holiday Packages will be rewarded with a gift voucher worth RM50.

Free 10-minute massages will also be provided for those who purchase holiday packages.

Customers of all ages will also get to experience flying a plane on the Wing Commanderz flight simulator and stand to win free tickets to selected destinations if they win the challenge.
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Synergy unit secures RM45m job for Kota Baru airport
By The Edge Financial Daily Wednesday, 19 May 2010 22:36

KUALA LUMPUR: TRC Synergy Bhd's unit Trans Resources Corp Sdn Bhd has secured a RM45 million contract to upgrade the Sultan Ismail Petra airport in Kota Baru.

TRC said on Wednesday, May 19, its unit received the letter of acceptance from Wira Akil Holdings Sdn Bhd on Monday.

"The letter of acceptance from Wira Akil is subsequent to an award being given by the Ministry of Transport to Wira Akil whereby TRC is named as the sub-contractor for the project," it said.
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MAHB said eyeing RM2.7b bond issue
Published: 2010/05/21
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz0oZUopVWC

Airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) will issue bonds worth RM2.7 billion (US$824.9 million) for the construction of the country’s second low-cost carrier airport and to refinance existing debts, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters today.

The bonds, targeted at Hong Kong, Middle East and Singapore investors, will be made up of US$500 million in conventional bonds and RM1 billion in sukuk, the sources said.

CIMB and Citigroup are handling the bonds issue. -- Reuters
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Can someone comment on the status and future of Ipoh Airport?

Is there any international flights?
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Can someone comment on the status and future of Ipoh Airport?

Is there any international flights?
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Azlan_Shah_Airport
The government realized that the airport could no longer be extended due to its location near residential areas. The Government then planned a new airport in Seri Iskandar. In late 2008, they replanned it to be located in Batang Padang, near Tapah. They discussed that Firefly and AirAsia will start operations here. The site area is 1,600 ha. There were also another plan to make Ipoh as a feeder airport to other region,as it couldn't compete with other airports such as Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Penang International Airport.

Airlines and destinations
Firefly (Singapore)
Riau Airlines (Medan, Indonesia)
Silverfly (Kota Bharu, Medan, Subang, Singapore [begins 1 April])
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