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The Star (10/02/2004)

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects a 4%–5% growth (or an increase of 1.3 million to 1.7 million) in overall passenger traffic this year, said managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad.

However, aviation experts are more optimistic. They expect the KL International Airport (KLIA) alone to report 8%–10% rise in passenger numbers this year given that in-bound traffic is stronger and tourist arrivals are growing. The number of airlines operating from and flying into KLIA is also on the rise and so are their frequencies.

The 37 airports managed by MAHB last year handled 34 million passengers; and a 5% increase, or 1.7 million additional passengers, would see its overall passenger traffic rising to 35.8 million, which would translate to higher revenues.

KLIA alone handled 17.5 million passengers last year, or a 6.4% growth, whereas Singapore’s Changi saw a 14.9% decline. Hong Kong was said to be lower by 20% and Bangkok down by 6%.

In December, KLIA saw 1.8 million passengers – the highest since it began operations – and in January it saw 1.6 million, much higher than the 1.2 million in the corresponding month a year ago.

Given the bright prospects, MAHB's share price, currently at around RM1.70, has much upside.

Briefing the press at the KLIA yesterday, Bashir said passenger growth at Kota Kinabalu and Kuching airports was also encouraging, and plans were in the pipeline to expand the two airports. The Kota Kinabalu Airport had 3.3 million passengers last year.

And as passenger traffic at KLIA grows, the airport operator plans to build a second satellite terminal building to accommodate the overflow when the current satellite building reaches its maximum capacity of 25 million passengers.

Bashir, however, declined to elaborate, merely saying it might take four to five years. “But before long we will have to start thinking. We will then have a brand new satellite building to compete with Changi and Bangkok.’’

But, as it is, the airport is capable of handling the massive, new A380 aircraft that can carry 555 passengers. The government has ordered six such aircraft and delivery is expected from 2007 onwards.

“The runways, aprons and taxiways are ready, and we are waiting for designs for the upper deck aerobridge,’’ Bashir said.

And given MAHB’s experience with low-cost carrier in AirAsia, Bashir said, KLIA and other airports managed by the company were also ready to serve other low-cost carriers that wanted to fly into Malaysia.

If need be, MAHB “may even be ready to build a separate terminal building to accommodate low-cost airlines’’, as is done in many other countries, for the requirements of low-cost carriers differ from full-fledged carriers'.

MAHB also lost Senai Airport to Senai Airport Terminal Services last year, which brings the number of airports managed by the company to 37, from 38. But soon it will get to manage the new Pulau Redang airport.

Bashir said the government was reviewing the current baggage handling system at KLIA to further enhance it. MAHB, on its own, had also initiated weekly meetings with various parties operating at the airport to minimise problems and enhance efficiency levels.

He added that MAHB would continue to woo existing and newer airlines to increase frequencies or to fly into KLIA.
 

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boy..this baggage handling system thingy is really killing them. I remember when KLIA was first opened, they were touting the baggage computerised management system as 'first ever in the world-never before been done' kinda thing. Just underscores the difficulties of practical application of technology.....
 

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I wonder what they mean by 'low cost terminal' considering KLIA already charges the cheapest handling fees in the region. I hope they don't build something that is an interior eyesore....I for one, think that the budget carriers might as well go on using the regular KLIA facilities......don't see any real need to create a whole new terminal just for them (should there be that amt of traffic generated).

Sorta creates an us vs them kinda mentality I think.....
 

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Ah....finally it is up. I have been waiting! ;)
 

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doesn't work for me... :(
 

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)





Introduction

KL International Airport is a destination in itself. It is unique because it has within its boundaries all that is needed for business, entertainment and relaxation. The airport is part and parcel of the Multimedia Super Corridor where placement of high technology industries are being actively pursued. KL International Airport is surrounded by four main cities of Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Seremban and Malacca. The airport is a catchment area and offers opportunities for a hive of business activities.

Every effort has been made to create a homely airport with a serene environment combined with high technologies attractions. Nature and greenery is part of the airport in line with the "airport in the forest and forest in the airport" concept. The natural environment of the airport is transformed to functions and activities that continues to enhance nature.

The abundant forest areas will be preserved and transformed into an environment park containing recreational facilities.

For car racing enthusiasts a Formula One Race Track is available and Formula One Race is scheduled in March every year. The track will also cater for an array of other activities throughtout the year including four wheel track, go kart and rally racing.

KL International Airport is close to Malaysia's Administration Capital - Putrajaya. Putrajaya, the country's new administrative centre is within 20 minutes away from KLIA and will be a major boost for investment and trade.

For a live-in environment an 80 room Airside Transit Hotel is located within the Satellite Building for the travel-weary transit passengers to rest and refresh themselves. In addition, a 441-room Five Star Hotel, The Pan Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is available within walking distance from the airport terminal building for other airport users to stay and enjoy all the facilities, close to KLIA.


KLIA & SEPANG F1 CIRCUIT















ARCHITECTURE
In 1998 when the first passengers arrive at the new KLIA, at Sepang, they will experience glimpses of a green Malaysia through the unique architecture, enjoy the world renowned Malaysian hospitality and feel the ease of modern hi-tech conveniences that reduce waiting time.

Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, the KLIA is a spectacular feat of construction which combines futuristic technology, Malaysian culture and the rich, tropical splendor of its natural resources, and is regarded as one of the most modern and sophisticated airports in the Asia-Pacific region. It will incorporate forms and systems suggesting advancement and modernization while at the same time, support Malaysia's cultural history.
http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?countrysearch=Malaysia&placesearch=Kuala+Lumpur+-+International+(Sepang)+(KUL+/+WMKK)&distinct_entry=true

 

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Great stuff Nazrey. :eek:kay:

Government wants a busier KLIA

PETALING JAYA: The Government will seek to increase higher frequency and destinations of flights from the KL International Airport, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said.

He said all players, including airport terminal operators, cargo terminal operators, ground handlers, airlines and Customs Department, must co-ordinate their efforts to face increasing competition.

?We will actively market KLIA as an attractive gateway and encourage the formation of strategic partnerships and alliances to enhance its position,? he said during the MASkargo's Megatonners Award dinner here last night.

The award, which was given to freight forwarders which achieved a certain revenue target, was organised by MASkargo, the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines.

Chan said air cargo volumes were expected to grow by between 5% and 7% annually over the next decade.

?On-going phased liberalisation of air passenger and cargo services being discussed in Asean also holds great promise in promoting tourism, trade and business flows within the region,? he added.

He said MASkargo was moving in the right direction by increasing the number of destinations and flight frequencies, especially to China.

The carrier will be introducing once weekly service between Kuala Lumpur-Beijing beginning September.

MAS senior general manager (cargo) J.J. Ong, said MASkargo would be investing in two new Boeing 747-400 as well as bigger and better warehouse facilities.

Nippon Express (M) Sdn Bhd was named the overall top performer for this year's award, while the second and third places were won by Geologistics Sdn Bhd and Kintetsu Integrated Air Services.
 

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AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER



The 130-metre (425ft) high tower is the tallest air traffic control tower in the world as right now. Shaped liked a giant Olympic Torch, it will house the air traffic controllers, radar system and high-tech air space computer system. The Air Traffic Control Office and other support services are positioned at the base of the tower. It was designed by a local architect





TRAFFIC CONTROL would be in rank:
Suvanna Bhumi International Airport (2nd Bangkok IA) 132 m (open 2005).
Kuala Lumpur International Airport 130 m.
 

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The main terminal buildingCome on..!!let post for your airport pics.

the Main Terminal Building (MTB) in the centre with the two-armed Contact Pier extending outwards at the back. The MTB is flanked by dome-shaped roof covered carpark buildings. In the far left-hand corner is the four-armed Satellite building.

This large passenger terminal complex, whose facade has a rippling wave-like roof supported by a colonnade of majestic granite-clad conical columns, is designed with an emphasis on natural light, transparency and greenery. The MTB will be of an architecturally distinctive design. The unique stainless steel roof forms of green cladding are designed to imply advanced technologies of flight - wings and aerodynamics using hyperbolic / parabolic shapes. The terminal building complex reflects a Malaysian identity. Abstract geometric floor patterns and wood carving panels will reflect Malaysian cultural design.


 

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Setellite building.

The 143,404 sq metre (1.55mn sq ft) four-armed Satellite building, where international flights take off, is located some distance away from the Main Terminal Building, and passengers will have to take the Aerotrain (automated track transit system) to catch their international flights from here. International passengers will depart from and arrive at this terminal complex.

 

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TRACKED TRANSIT SYSTEM (TTS)

Aerotrain is a complimentary automated people-mover shuttle system (ADtranz CX-100) that shuttles passengers between Main Terminal Building and Satellite Building. It offers the best combination of short journey time, simplicity and fail-safe operation, and resistance against breakdown. The system runs on pneumatic rubber-typed wheels to provide confort.



The Tracked Transit System (TTS) connects two stations, one in the node at the centre of the Contact Pier's Internationl Level and one close to the centre of the Satellite building's Departure/Arrival level. The TTS provides transportation for airline passengers over an elevated guideway (1286m or 4219ft) and under the taxiways between the MTB and the Satellite Building.

The Aerotrain operates at three to five minutes intervals for the pier-satellite service. Round trip time takes 5 min 5 sec with the maximum speed being 56km/h (35mp/h).



With two 2-car trains (250-passenger capacity) at opening Phase-I, the system will have the capacity to handle 3870 passenger/hour per direction. Phase-II calls for two 3-car trains (6 in total) capable of handling 5805 passenger/hour per direction. Each car-train has a maximum capacity of 83 passengers. The power supply uses a 3-phase 600 V at 50Hz and the propulsion system uses a 100hp DC Electric Motor.



Automatic train control (ATC) manages the operation of the entire system, controlling vehicle speeds, headways, stops and door openings in stations, and integrating all functions to enhance reliability and performance of the systems.









 
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