Airlines can help raise revenue of operators, says Bashir


  • Business
  • Friday, 16 Mar 2007

DUBAI: Airlines should be involved in discussion on how airport operators can increase commercial revenue, said MALAYSIA AIRPORTS HOLDINGS BHD (MAHB) managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad.  

“Airlines should participate in such efforts because by increasing commercial revenue, they pay less landing parking fees,” he said. 

MAHB had not revised landing fees for the past 25 years, Bashir added. 

He was speaking at a forum during the Airports Council International (ACI)-organised Airport Business & Trinity Forum 2007 recently.  

The ACI is the international association of the world's airports, which represents 573 members operating over 1,643 airports in 178 countries and territories.  

Bashir said rising commercial revenue would ensure sustainability for airport operators like MAHB.  

The company's commercial revenue accounts for only 35% of total turnover, which is lower than that earned by most of its peers. It hoped to increase that when retail space was expanded by 30% next year, he said.  

Bashir said airlines could play a role, for example, by having more check-in counters to reduce waiting time, so that passengers could use the extra time for shopping.  

Abu Dhabi Airports Co commercial director Mohamed Mounib said more time should be given to operators to prepare and educate passengers on the restriction of liquids, gels and aerosols.  

Following an alleged terrorist plot against civil aircraft in Britain early last year, European airports as well as the US have restricted the carriage of liquid, gel and aerosol in hand baggage. 

Malaysia is expected to implement the restriction soon. 

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