AirAsia has been moving terminals three times already since its started operating over 15 years ago. The carrier however always dreamed to have its own facility and still believe that KLIA 2 is not adequate to its requirements…
AirAsia says it welcomes proposals for the development of a low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang from any party, whether local or foreign. One local company indicated to be interested for the construction of a new LCCT: Citaglobal Airports Sdn Bhd.
AirAsia Group Berhad Executive Chairman and AirAsia X Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said anyone, be it an individual, company, state government or even Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), can come up with such a proposal.
As a strong proponent of LCCT, the airline would work with anyone who can build them a low-cost terminal, he said.
“AirAsia sort of gave up on owning an airport. The airline has moved four airports since the day AirAsia began operations, and it is not like moving house,” he told reporters after launching the AirAsia-Alisports ASEAN World Electronic Sports Games co-sponsorship at the AirAsia headquarters here today.
Kamarudin was asked to comment on Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook´s statement yesterday that any proposal to develop a new low-cost carrier terminal next to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport will have to be resubmitted as a fresh proposal since the last proposal was submitted last year to the previous government.
According to media reports, Citaglobal Airports Sdn Bhd through its director, Mohamad Norza Zakaria, had proposed to former prime minister Najib Tun Razak via a letter dated Nov 24, 2017 the building of a new LCCT that can accommodate higher passenger numbers, especially with the establishment of the Digital Free Trade Zone. British company Manchester Airports Group Plc already indicated to be interested for the airport’s management.
The current KLIA 2 is conceived for a traffic of 45 million passengers. Last year, KLIA 2 alone passed the 30-million passengers mark, up by 11.5% over 2017. If such a growth rate remains over the years to come, KLIA2 is likely to reach its capacity by 2022.