Malaysia Airports to extend incentive scheme for airlines

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  • Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007

SEPANG: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) incentive scheme for airlines, which expires May 2, will be extended till a new one is ready. 

MAHB managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said details of the new scheme were being finalised. 

”We expect the new scheme to be ready at the latest by early next year. If it is ready before that, it will replace the current scheme,” he said after the launch of the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) as a “WiFi (wireless fidelity) enabled” airport on Tuesday. 

Bashir said MAHB, which has had talks with the Government for some time, also hoped to get an approval an increase in landing and parking charges, and passenger fees.  

Those charges and fees have not been raised for 25 years and a decade respectively. 

MAHB manages and operates five international airports, 16 domestic and 18 short take-off and landing ports in the country. 

Turning to its overseas operations, Bashir said MAHB was awaiting an implementation date to manage, operate and maintain the Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan.  

The Astana airport deal is for 10 years.MAHB also manages airports in New Delhi and Hyderabad in India. 

Meanwhile, Bashir said MAHB hoped to provide free WiFi access at all its 39 airports in Malaysia in “due course.”  

Currently, the service is available in selected airports only. 

WiFi is an open-air transmission for computer Internet connections. 

MAHB was expecting 25.7 million passengers at the KL International Airport and LCCT this year, Bashir said.  

The airports handled more than 24.1 million passengers last year. 

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