Malaysia Airports in talks on airport management in M-East

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  • Monday, 19 Oct 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) hopes to conclude talks with two parties in the Middle East and Africa on the possible management of airports, by the first quarter of next year, said its managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad.

"The discussions have been ongoing for the past six months and we hope it will be concluded soon,probably, by the first quarter next year," he told a media briefing on the 19th Airports Council International (ACI) World General Assembly here on Monday.

MAHB will host the ACI World General Assembly from Nov 2-4.

The event will witness the gathering of about 600 delegates from airport and related industries.

MAHB currently manages and operates 39 airports -- five international, 16 domestic and 18 short take-off and landing ports.

Bashir said the company is always looking for new opportunities in countries closer to home like India, China and the Middle East.

MAHB has operations at present in India and Turkey.

He said the upcoming ACI conference next month would be a good platform for networking and an opportunity for airport operators, including MAHB to see "which airports are up for privatisation as well as management."

The ACI Asia-Pacific conference will also be held at the same time.

Bashir,the vice-president of the ACI Asia-Pacific Board, said the conference will feature renowned industry specialists who will speak on aviation related topics such as airport economics, industry trends and human capital. - BERNAMA

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