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Passengers planning to fly with AirAsia out of KLIA’s
new terminal should be prepared for a long walk.
NEWS IN BRIEF
MALAYSIA AIRPORTS HOLDING (MAHB) is
investing US$900 million to build the new
low-cost carriers’ (LCC) terminal at Kuala
Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), with
passenger-handling capacity of 30 million.
However, the company now seems to have
succumbed to pressure from carrier AirAsia
not to install aerobridges at the facility.
Passengers may therefore have to walk
anything from 100m to more than 1km,
depending on where their aircraft is parked,
to board. The new terminal, to be known as
KLIA2, will have 85 bays.
International civil aviation safety regulations
normally require that, if aerobridges are not
used, airlines must transfer passengers to and
from their aircraft by coach or bus, as walking
across the tarmac is strictly prohibited.
However, there are no plans for this rule to be
implemented at KLIA2.
Low-cost carriers AirAsia and AirAsia X will
be the biggest users of the new terminal,
alongside carriers such as Philippines-based
Cebu Pacific Air and Singapore’s Tiger
The exemption from aerobridge use was
granted to AirAsia and subsequently extended
to other low-cost carriers. Airports in other
countries in the region make it mandatory
for all airlines – including LCCs – to use
aerobridges to enhance passenger safety,
security and convenience.
Should the airlines choose not to use
aerobridges, they then have to park the
aircraft in a remote position and transfer the
passengers to and from the aircraft by coach.
An AirAsia official says the airline uses
aerobridges at destinations outside Malaysia
to meet regulatory requirements at these
airports. “There is no such regulatory
requirement in Malaysia,” the official says.
“As AirAsia and AirAsia X would be
the major users at KLIA2, it may not
be worthwhile to incur the cost if the
aerobridges are not going to be used,”
MAHB says. Officials of the airport operator
declined comment when asked whether this
compromises passenger safety.
“Provision has been made in the design
of KLIA2 to accommodate the installation
of aerobridges,” MAHB says. The company’s
current charge for the use of an aerobridge is
85.00 ringgit (US$28.33) per flight.
The Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya
has opted not to make a decision on the
installation of the aerobridges but requested
that the Cabinet address the issue. The
government was supposed to make a decision
in mid-September, but has delayed it.
At the existing LCC terminal, the transport
ministry has failed to enforce the use of buses
to transfer passengers to and from aircraft.
The ministry declined comment on the
subject. KLIA2 is expected to open for
operations in third quarter of 2012.
– William Dennis
New KLIA LCC terminal may drop
aerobridges to reduce costs
AUSTRALIAN AIRPORT operator MAp has increased
its stake in Sydney Airport by 11.02 percent to
almost 85 percent through an asset-swap agreement
with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. Under
the deal, MAp has disposed of its interests in
Copenhagen Airports and Brussels Airport.
AIRPORTS ARE increasing their spending on
IT as they seek to meet increasing passenger
expectations. IT investment, as a percentage of
revenue, rose to 4.4 per cent in 2010, according
to the SITA Airport IT Trends Survey. Some 81
per cent of airports expect IT budgets to remain
the same or increase in 2012. Top investment
projects for airports over the next three years are IT
infrastructure upgrades and mobile services, with
the main driver being improving customer service,
says the report. Airports in Asia, the Middle East
and Africa led the way.
HONG KONG International Airport (HKIA) says
it experienced solid growth in passenger volume
and aircraft movements in September. During
the month, passenger traffic climbed 5.4 percent
from a year earlier to 4.3 million, while flight
movements increased 6.1 percent to 27,695.
Cargo volume dropped 6.1 percent year-on-year
to 325,000 tonnes. Passenger traffic growth
was mainly driven by a 7 percent increase in the
number of visitors to Hong Kong. Passenger
traffic to and from South-East Asia performed
particularly well. The decline in cargo tonnage was
mainly attributed to the 10 percent year-on-year
drop in exports. Imports decreased 6 percent and
transshipments grew 5 percent, compared with the
same month last year. Europe, North America and
Taiwan experienced double-digit declines in overall
CONSTRUCTION WORK will begin in 2012 on a
new terminal for Kuwait International Airport.
The terminal, designed by Foster + Partners, is
scheduled to begin commercial operations from
2017 onwards. The radical design will roughly
resemble an aircraft propeller when viewed from
above, with the terminal’s points 1.2km apart. The
building will be 25m high at its centre. The new
terminal will initially increase the airport’s annual
passenger capacity to 13 million, with an ultimate
capacity target of 50 million once additional
features have been added.
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