MAHB, AirAsia to hold talks on promoting KLIA2 as low cost travel hub

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  • Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016

LONDON: MALAYSIA AIRPORTS HOLDINGS BHD (MAHB) will be meeting up with AIRASIA BHD officials to discuss on how to promote KLIA2 as a low cost travel hub, according to its managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazalie.

The first meeting was held before the Hari Raya festival and the second one would be held shortly, he said on the sidelines of the Farnborough Air Show yesterday.

He said that in the first meeting, the airline operator together with AirAsia had agreed that the current name – KLIA2 – remains.

“We have agreed that the terminal should be promoted as a low cost travel hub. This is different from a low cost carrier terminal (LCCT),” he noted.

Meanwhile at the same event, AIRASIA X chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said a name change was insignificant as the intention was to create a low cost hub.

She added that the name LCCT-KL was more appropriate as it would promote KL and Malaysia on the whole as a hub for low cost regionally and globally. “We want LCCT-KL to be a dedicated hub for low cost travel. Currently close to 98% of operations at KLIA2 is by AirAsia X,” she noted.

As to the question of airport tax or passenger service charge (PSC) being raised for AirAsia, Badlisham said it was entirely up to the Malaysian Aviation Commission to decide on the matter as it was the body to review the charges.

On another note, he said it was up to MAS to have leisure flights from KLIA2. The leisure flights is scheduled to be introduced next year. He also said there was no need to have more airports in the country as the 39 managed by MAHB were sufficient.

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