29 November 2011
By Lee Wei Lian
A model of the KLIA2 with the aerobridge, picture courtesy of MAHB
The new low cost carrier terminal will cost between RM3.6 billion to RM3.9 billion and be operational in April 2013 said Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad today.
This comes after controversy erupted over the cost and delivery date for the terminal that was originally projected to cost RM2 billion and be completed by the third quarter of 2011.
Bashir said however that changes to the design of KLIA2 including a longer runway and greater floorspace had increased the cost.
“When you increase the scope by so much, certainly cost will be incurred,” he said at a press conference today.
The runway was originally projected to be 2.5km but had been extended to 3.96km and the floorspace of the terminal increased from 150,000 sq m to 257,000 sq m.
“Even MAS with 747 can use the new runway,” he said. “So we said let's bring forward the capital expenditure”