Low-cost terminal ready

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 11 Feb 2006

SEPANG: The RM108mil low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal at the KL International Airport will start operating next month, providing 30 parking bays catering for Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 aircraft. 

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the project would be handed over to Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB) on Feb 28 and for familiarisation purposes, would be open to the government sector and agencies as well as transportation companies on March 9. 

It would be operational from March 23, when budget carrier AirAsia moves its entire operations from the KLIA main terminal to the LCC. 

VIP VISIT: Chan looking around the low-costcarrier terminal at the KL International Airport in Sepang Friday. With him are (fromleft) Fernandes, Embas and Bashir.

“The free shuttle service for passengers who need to move between the LCC terminal and the main terminal to catch connecting flights will be ready by then,” Chan said, adding that the service was available at intervals of 15 minutes. 

He said the terminal could handle between 10 million and 15 million passengers a year. 

“It will be called the LCC terminal until a new name is given to it,” he said after visiting the site yesterday. 

Accompanying him were his deputy Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas, AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes and MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad. 

He thanked the relevant government agencies and contractors for completing the project within the scheduled nine months. 

Chan said the terminal here is five times larger than the LCC terminal at Singapore's Changi airport. 

Besides AirAsia Malaysia, its sister airlines AirAsia Thailand and AirAsia Indonesia will be the first to operate from the new terminal. 

Chan said the Government welcomed any other LCCs in the region to operate from the terminal, adding that a few foreign LCCs had enquired about the facilities there.  

On the low airport taxes proposed by AirAsia, Chan said the ministry and MAHB would be discussing the matter further and finalising the decision by March 23. 

He said the Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry would decide if the limousine services currently in use at the KLIA main terminal would be extended to the LCC terminal.  

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